SOLD FOR: $3025
Model: Luger Model P.08 byf Code
Serial Number: 7199l
Year of Manufacture: 1942
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Toggle Type Striker-Fired Semi-Auto, Removable Magazine
Markings: The barrel extension is marked “42” on the chamber ring, the left is marked “71 99”, the right has eagle over “135” waffenamts and an eagle clutching swastika mark. The bottom of the barrel is marked “7199”, the right of the barrel has an eagle clutching swastika mark, the left has eagle over “135”. The front face of the frame is marked “7199 / l”, the left of the frame is marked “P.08” on the flat in front of the safety lever. The left of the breech-bolt has an eagle clutching swastika mark. The sear is marked “99”, found again on the toggle pin, the top of the extractor, left of the breech-block, top-rear of the front toggle, back of the rear toggle, left of the firing pin, takedown lever, trigger, sideplate, top of the bolt stop and safety. The top of the front toggle is marked “byf”. The left of the extractor is marked “GELADEN”. The left of the frame is marked “GESICHERT” at the safety.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp 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 plastic panels. The inside of each panel has a threaded hole for retaining the screws when the grips are removed. The grips have light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished, some parts are likely force-matched.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is scattered light erosion and minor pitting in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The new finish is generally strong throughout. There are a couple of light nicks in the grip areas and minor operational wear. There are some scattered light nicks and scratches under the finish and there are a few spots of erosion under the finish on the frame beneath the grip panels. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are generally clear, some of the inspection marks are worn or poorly struck. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good-plus condition as refinished.
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 with black plastic floorplate, marked “fxo”, eagle over “37” and “P.08” on its left side toward the bottom with an additional eagle over “37” on the left near the top. The magazine has minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring.
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 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. During the war, the Germans used codes to disguise the manufacturer of their weapons, and the toggle links changed from DWM to S/42, 42 and finally byf. The byf marked Lugers were the last made by Mauser before they were forced to abandon the Luger in favor of the P38. This is a Mauser Model P.08 byf-code Luger pistol manufactured in 1942. The pistol is in Very Good condition as refinished, with about 90% of its current finish remaining. The pistol has a decent bore and the mechanics are strong. This pistol has the enigmatic black plastic grip panels which would lead collectors to refer to this variant as the “Black Widow”. This pistol will be great for those wanting a piece of German history and for those collectors with an interest in German weaponry. The byf Lugers represent the last of the WWII Mauser-made Lugers and are a must-have for any Luger collector. Please see our photos and good luck!