1934 K-Date Mauser S/42 Rig 

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This is a 1934 Pistole 08 military Parabellum manufactured by Mauser. As a K-Date  this is one of first military contract Lugers produced by Mauser. This Luger is a 4 inch (100mm) 9mm Parabellum.  To conceal production a series of alphabetical dates were assigned in addition to the code on the toggle S/42 (Mauser).  ''K" dates are representative of the Lugers produced in 1934; this is an all-matching gun including two magazines and a serial numbered holster along with a cleaning rod and loading tool.   (2111)

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Mauser-Werke and Berliner-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke (BKIW), [BKIW was the successor to DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken)] had common ownership.  In 1930 the machinery, technicians and supplies were moved from Berlin-Wittenau to Oberndorf and BKIW's interest in the Parabellum ceased.  In 1934 Mauser obtained its first contract for 10,930 with the K-Date over the chamber.  For the collector there are four variations of the K-Date.


The thumb safety is new style, and strawed. The finish is 98% Blued and 98% straw blued and  has a hold open latch and stock lug. This Luger has all matching numbers including the magazine. The gun has a numbered hold-open and the stock lug.   There is no 2mm "hump" at the rear of the receiver indicating this was a DWM frame that was inherited by Mauser with the transfer of assets from Berlin.

This is a standard 1934 Model gun designated by collectors as the Version 1 "K" Date Mauser. The first toggle link is marked with the Scriptic S/42 Mauser code.  There is the "V" rear sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear. 

The Scriptic "S" on the bottom of the thumb safety and the ][37 on the bottom of the magazine, very unusual on the slide stop lug plus an "S" on the front sight. The bottom of the barrel shows the gauge marking and witness mark of alignment with the receiver.



The inside of the gun is minty clean with no signs of deterioration for its age and exhibits that craftsmanship of the early Mauser production.  Below you can see the multiple proofs on the firing pin and proofed loading tool.

This rig contains two matching magazines with the Early 37 appearing and the 2nd marked "+" the designation for the second magazine.  The loading tool is proofed with the early drooped wing Eagle 154 one of the rarer tool proofs collectors search for.

The cleaning rod was included in only the K-Date holster (and shows the brass tip) and it was then discontinued.

The side plate has the Scriptic "S" and the bottom of the thumb safety is marked with the Scriptic "S" which illustrates that during the transition of the protocol for marking the Parabellum the changes were made with existing parts.

Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style.   The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the side of the locking bolt, on the trigger, on the bottom of the barrel, the side plate,  the left side of the receiver, the safety bar, the sear bar, the rear connecting pin, and on the extractor.

The breach block has the last two digits of the serial number and the early Waffenampt Droop wing eagle while the firing pin connector has the Scriptic S and you can see the serial numbered firing pin.  Just a Classic.

Note the Scriptic "S" on the right side of the breach block and on the Right you can see the toggle in full recoil and the straight back edge of the receiver tells us this frame was made by DWM.

The early frames were  left-over DWM manufactured frames that were assimilated in the Mauser take-over of the DWM  Parabellum production. Later the 2mm 'hump' to protect the rear main axel pin was added.

In 1933 the Reichsministerium ordered that the rear main toggle axel be numbered to the gun. We can see from this frame the lack of the later produced 2mm addition to the Mauser frames. This tells us that this was an old DWM produced by DWM from old stocks.

Here is the proof display on both sides of the receiver with the full markings of the "S" and serial numbers. The display of the Scriptic "S" and with the Early ][37.  Above Right we can see the GELADEN (loaded) marked on the extractor which told the shooter both visually and tactilely the gun was loaded.

Note the Scriptic "S" on the front of the trigger guard plus 3 digit serial number.


In early 1930 production was begun by Mauser in Oberndorf with the transfer of  the tooling and equipment from BKIW (DWM) factory in Berlin to Mauser-Werke. The first order was for the Dutch in November 1930 and then the American Eagle orders for A. F. Stoeger.  From 1930 until 1934 Mauser assembled many thousands of Lugers from DWM parts and stocks, plus reworked other for the paramilitary groups and the police.  Mauser proof marks left a trail across many Lugers.


The holster is subtle and well stitched.  The internal loading tool pouch has an extra flap to hold down a loading tool that has a small covered pouch and then the cleaning tool strap extends through the loop and uses the same stud for the end.

 The back of the holster bears the manufacturers cartouche and the date 1934 along with the early Waffen Amt proof. It was also numbered to the Parabellum.

The stitching is strong and the leather is still soft after many years of care.  Belt loops are intact and the pull strap is functional. Below you can see the tab over the loading tool and the cleaning rod secured in the pouch. The manufacturers cartouche is clearly stamped with the 1934 matching date.

This offering includes the early K-Date (1934) all matching - Mauser S/42 9mm Parabellum with a 1934 dated holster, the second matching magazine with the cleaning rod (a unique 1934 feature) and a proofed loading tool.

The Barrel is matched to the gun with the gauge 8.81mm stamped representing the distance of the lands.  The 464 serial puts this K-Date  early in the 1st variation of the K-Dates. Here we have a K-Date 464th production piece with the "Scriptic "S".  Note the early Mauser ][37 proof on the magazine,

Proofing on this P-08 is splendid with the mixture of the early proofs and the Scriptic "S". The top of the Luger shows a good clean "K" and the Scriptic "S" on the extractor, first and second toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number throughout.


 In 1934 Mauser got it's first Military P-08 contract from the German Government. So was born the first military Mauser Luger, the "K" date of which it was estimated 10,900 were made. These were the 1934 production designation "K". 600 were pulled for the German Navy (Kriegsmarine).

Beginning in 1935 Mauser began by marking the guns with the "G".  From the "G" series beginning approximately with 930a to 5000f, (in blocks of 10,000) for approximately 54,700 guns, 700 were pulled out for the German Kriegsmarine and so marked.


Above is the Scriptic "S" on the hold open device.  Right Above: The grips are original and serial numbered to the gun with the additional proof of the Scriptic "S" on the grips.

Included in this offering is an all matching early K-Date with the Scriptic "S" proof on all the major parts, two matching magazines, an proofed marked loading tool, a brass tipped cleaning rod in a 1934 proofed & numbered holster with the  cleaning rod pouch.   One of the most complete & minty K-Date rigs we have ever seen.

This nearly mint K-Date was a proud possession of a nationally know Luger collector and contributor from Arizona who not only recognized and promoted the Parabellum but spent his lifetime collecting and displaying them.

On the barrel is the 37 the first proof that Mauser used on these contract guns.  We insert a dummy cartridge in the chamber to both show how the extractor (Geladen - Loaded) becomes extended and the disconnect of the sear safety with the side plate removed. The Extractor (Geladen) tells the shooter the gun is loaded both by sight and by feel.

When the president of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, appointed Der Fhrer Adolph Hitler chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 a national rearmament immediately began and the old professional gun makers set to work to apply their craftsmanship to war time production for an ever expanding demand.  The K-Date (1934) was Mauser's first order and borrowing from the traditions of Erfurt and Simson they marked most every part of the gun with some proof or another.  This was slowly reduced as standardization and time studies indicated a lesser need for all the double proofing.


It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder. We would rather answer your questions and provide you with photographs than ship guns back and forth. Questions concerning this offering to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com 

This is a nearly impossible to find K-Date Luger early variation in this excellent condition. A much sought after piece for the Mauser collector with a "K" Date a crown jewel in anyone's collection. This Parabellum is offered with the all-matching K-Date, the 2nd Matching Magazine, the Matching & numbered 1934 Marked Holster, the matching 37 proofing, an proofed loading tool. This Luger is identified as a curio and can be send directly to C&R licensees and above.  This is the best "K"-Date we have ever seen.

This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that do not have a cash deposit. Questions concerning this offering to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com 


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