SOLD FOR: $2225
Model: P.08 Luger
Serial Number: 9225e
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 “9225”. The extractor is marked “25”, found again on the trigger, sideplate, takedown lever, safety, bolt stop, the left of the firing pin, breech-block, top of the front toggle link, rear of the back toggle link, the toggle pin, and the sear. 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 “9225 / e”. The left of the breech-block has an eagle inspection mark. The right of the barrel extension has two eagle over “63” acceptance marks as well as eagle Army Test Proof. The right-rear of the barrel has an eagle inspection mark. The top-left of the barrel has an eagle over “63” acceptance mark. The bottom of the barrel is marked “9225 / 8,82”. The magazine floorplate is marked “8322 / m” and with eagle over “63”. The inside of each grip panel is marked “25”.
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 wood. The grips have light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, most notable on the right panel. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, Small Parts Strawed, Interior Bright
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. Most of the balance is in scattered minor surface oxidation, primarily in the grip areas. There are some scattered minor nicks and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are generally clear, some of the inspection markings are a little shallow and were likely applied prior to final finish. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is no 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 alloy baseplate. The magazine has operational wear, some scattered minor surface oxidation, a strong spring and intact feed lips, in Good-Very Good condition as not original to the pistol.
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 matching serial numbers on the pistol and retains about 90% of its original finish. It has infrequent minor 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 G-code Mauser Luger will make a great addition to a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!