SOLD FOR: $1525
Model: P.08 Luger
Serial Number: 1330d
Year of Manufacture: 1935
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Toggle Type Striker-Fired Semi-Auto, Removable Magazine
Markings: The barrel extension is marked “G” on the chamber ring (code for 1935 production), the left is marked “1330”. The extractor is marked “30”, found again on the trigger, sideplate, , the left of the firing pin, breech-block, top of the front toggle link, toggle pin, rear of the back toggle link, the sear, and bolt stop. Some of these markings have been force-matched. The takedown lever is marked “49” and the safety is marked “76”. The top of the front link is also marked “S/42” (Mauser production code). The left of the extractor is marked “GELADEN”. The front face of the frame is marked “1330 / d”. The left of the breech-block has an eagle inspection mark. The right of the barrel extension has eagle over “211” and “S92” acceptance marks as well as eagle Army Test Proof. The right-rear of the barrel has an eagle inspection mark. The bottom of the barrel is marked “1330 / 8,82” and import mark “GAI MIA FL”. The bottom of the barrel extension in front of its lug is marked “c” and the lug is marked with an eagle over “211” waffenamt. The alloy magazine floorplate is marked “1330”, has the remains of a previous serial marking, and “b / +” and with an eagle over “63” waffenamt.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade dovetailed to a base at the muzzle. The rear sight is a “V”-notch integral to the rear toggle link.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black synthetic. The grips have some handling wear and scattered light nicks and scuffs, most notable in the right panel. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished, some parts have been force-matched.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is worn, but visible. There is light-moderate erosion in the bore, heaviest in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its current metal finish. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with a concentration on the left of the frame in front of the safety. There are some nicks and minor surface erosion visible under the finish. There is infrequent minor surface oxidation. The controls show light handling wear. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings range from clear to worn, but legible. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is barely perceptible play between the barrel assembly and frame. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 8-round magazine. The magazine has a blued body and an aluminum baseplate. The magazine has operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good condition as not original to the gun.
Our Assessment: The Luger (Pistole Parabellum or P-08) is perhaps the most aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing of all autoloading centerfire pistols. It is also one of the strongest, most accurate and most recognizable service pistols ever made. Georg Luger developed his famous pistol in 1898-1899 (starting with the Borchardt/Luger transitional pistol). The Luger is, essentially, a much improved Borchardt type pistol, which was itself based on the toggle action concept used by Sir Hiram Maxim in the world’s first practical machine gun. The Maxim shot its way to bloody fame in World War One, which also became the combat proving ground for the Luger Pistol. The Luger was so reliable and well liked that it was still being made and issued to German troops well after the P38 was adopted by the army. The largest percentage of Lugers were made by DWM, which became Mauser in 1930. This is a Mauser Luger pistol manufactured in 1935, just before the Nazis were beginning to openly violate the Versailles treaty. Before this brazen act, the Germans rearmed secretly, in violation of the treaty. Codes were used for both the manufacturers and the manufacture years of arms, with the “S/42” and “G” markings on this pistol intended to obscure who made it and when. This example has been refinished and had some replacement parts force-matched to the serial number. It has some erosion in the bore, but retains strong mechanics. This pistol is connected to a pivotal moment in history. For fans of the Luger or WWII small arms, this Mauser Luger will make a great addition to a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!