Pre-WWII Mauser S/42 S42 P.08 P08 Luger 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol 1936 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1900

LSB#: 220219SS004

Make: Mauser

Model: Luger Model P.08, Parabellum-Pistole

Serial#: 8054

Year of Manufacture: 1936. C&R

Caliber: 9mm Luger

Action Type: Toggle-Action Semi-Automatic Striker-Fired Pistol fed by a Detachable Magazine

Markings: The bottom of the barrel is marked “8054 / 8,82”. The right side of the barrel is marked with a Weimar eagle (Weimar proof marks were still in use during the early years of the -era) which was an army test proof. The top of the receiver is marked “1936” which was the date of manufacture. The right side of the receiver is marked with two Weimar eagles above “63” which are army acceptance marks and a plain Weimar eagle (army test proof). The top of the extractor situated on the breechblock is marked “54” and the breechblock is marked “54”, the marking is visible when the pistol is taken down. The top of the front toggle link is marked “S/42” which was a Mauser production code and “54”. The rear end of the rear toggle link is marked “54”. The Trigger side-plate is marked “54”. The trigger bar is marked “54”. The locking bolt is marked “54”. The safety bar is marked “54”. The left side of the trigger, concealed by the slide, is marked “54”. The receiver axle is marked “54”. The firing pin is marked “54”. The left grip-strap is marked “T”. The right grip-strap is marked “D”. The front of the receiver is marked “8054” above “l”. The bottom of the magazine is marked “6268” above a “l”, a “+” and an Eagle above “63” (the magazine is not serial matched to the pistol).

Barrel Length: 4”

Sights/ Optics: The front sight is serrated blade fixed to a banded base fixed to the muzzle. The rear sight is a “V”-notch integral to the rear toggle link.

Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grip panels are two-piece checkered wood. The grip panels have light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, the panels have some scattered patches of black discoloration. The checkering remains mostly sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Strawed

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is only light erosion concentrated in the grooves.

Overall Condition: The pistol retains about 70% of its metal finish. There are some light-moderate handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there is finish loss along the leading edges, finish loss around the muzzle and the finish has thinned on the grip straps. There is some light surface oxidation visible where the finish has worn which is concentrated around the bottom of the grip straps. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have light tool-marks but they remain serviceable. Overall, the pistol is in Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is light 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 requirements.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: The pistol comes with a single 8-round magazine.  The magazine has light-moderate handling wear. Overall, the magazine is in Very Good condition.

Our Assessment: 

The Parabellum-Pistole 1908, commonly referred to as the Luger, was designed by Georg Johann Luger. Luger was an unlikely gun designer, born in 1849 he was the son of a surgeon, Bartholomaeus von Luger, and while attending university he served as a One-Year Volunteer with the 78th Infantry Regiment (Infanterieregiment 78 ein) of the Austro-Hungarian Army. While in the military Luger proved himself a skilled marksman and he began to develop an interest in the small arms technology. Following four years of service Luger worked a number of jobs in Vienna. Finally, in the 1870s Luger met Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher who recruited him as a sales representative for Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabrik AG (DWM). One of the company’s weapons that Luger marketed was the Borchardt C93 (named after its designer Hugo Borchardt) which was criticized for being too heavy and poorly balanced. Luger decided to rework the design and eventually secured a contract for his new pistol with the Swiss Army which dubbed it the model 1900 which was chambered for 7.65mm Parabellum cartridges. After some minor reworking Luger introduced the Pistole 1904, chambered for 9mm cartridges, which was adopted by the Imperial German Navy, the pistol was henceforth referred to as the Luger. A slightly altered version of the pistol with a smaller barrel was adopted for service by the Prussian Army in 1908, hence the designation P08. The P08 would become one of the most iconic weapons of the 20th century. Following the end of WWI Luger was bankrupted, he had invested in War Bonds which had become worthless following Imperial Germany’s defeat and worse yet he was forced out of his job by his employer DWM which sought to appropriate his patents. The ensuing legal dispute between Luger and DWM would be decided in his favor in 1922, but he was financially ruined by that time and passed away the following year at the age of 74. His pistol would continue to serve the German military during WWII (although the P38 was the Wehrmacht’s standard issue sidearm) and saw service in a number military and police forces after the war.

This particular Luger was manufactured in 1936 three years after the party came to power in Germany. That year Germany began to openly flex its military might and trample over the Treaty of Versailles provisions. In March German soldiers reoccupied the Rhineland which was an outright violation of the Versailles agreement. Although this pistol was made several years into Hitler’s rule, it lacks the Waffenamts with overtly inspired symbols, the fied markings were not introduced until 1939. The pistol’s Waffenamts are consistent with army issued small arms, and almost all of the gun’s parts are serial matched. The only mismatched item is the included magazine. This is an aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic pistol, and while it has some handling wear it remains nicely preserved. If you are a fan of German military arms and WWII history then this is the handgun for you. Good luck on your bid!

Pre-WWII Mauser S/42 S42 P.08 P08 Luger 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol 1936 C&R
Pre-WWII Mauser S/42 S42 P.08 P08 Luger 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol 1936 C&R