1934 K-Date Mauser S/42 Rig  SOLD

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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. (1560)

 

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 On 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.  

This is a standard 1934 Model gun designated by collectors as the "K" Date Mauser. The first toggle link is marked with the 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. 

Note Below: The Gothic "S" on the bottom of the thumb safety and the 37 on the bottom of the magazine, very unusual on the slide stop lug.

Note the early B90 proof on the stop Lug and the Gothic "S" Proof on the front sight.

 

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 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 thee 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 it was then discontinued.

The side plate has the Gothic "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 Gothic "S" on the breach block and on the Right you can see the Waffenamt, the serial number on the breach block and "S" on the firing pin retainer.

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 latter 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.

Note the Gothic "S" on the front of the trigger guard.

 

 

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.

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

The Barrel is matched to the gun with the caliber 8.82mm stamped representing the distance of the lands.  The 3437 serial puts this K-Date  early in the 2nd variation of the K-Dates however, it does confirm Jan Still's criteria of the change from Scriptic S to Gothic S on the parts. It has been stated that the Gothic "S" began to appear at serial number +1700 and here we have a K-Date 3437 production piece with both thee Gothic "S" the "Scriptic "S".  Additionally you have the early Mauser 37 proof.

 

 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 Gothic "S" on the hold open device.  Right Above: The grips are original and serial numbered to the gun.

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 "S" marked loading tool, a brass tipped cleaning rod in a 1934 proofed & numbered holster with the proofed cleaning rod pouch.   One of the most complete K-Date rigs we have ever seen.

On some parts we have the Gothic "S" and on other parts the Scriptic "S"

Above: You can see the Scriptic S/42 followed on the rear toggle with the Gothic "S" and below is the Gothic "S" on locking lever

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 Frher 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.

 

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.

 

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