Model: 1934 42 Luger
Serial Number: 8152b
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Caliber: 9MM Parabellum
Action Type: Toggle Action Semi-Auto, Removable Magazine.
Markings: The locking bolt, sear bar, sear bar safety, left sideplate, extractor, front and rear toggles, the left side of the trigger and the left side of the pin through the back of the rear toggle are marked “52”. The inside of the sideplate is marked with the assembly number “82” and “E”. The front toggle is marked “42” (Code for Mauser). The left side of the frame under the safety is marked “Gesichert”. The left side of the receiver at the chamber is marked “8152”. The right side of the receiver is marked with two winged eagles over “655” and a winged eagle holding a globe with Swastika as shown on line 31, pg. 236 of Luger Variations by H.E. Jones for a 42 Luger. The right side of the barrel near the frame and the left side of the breechblock are also marked with eagles holding a globe with Swastika. The top of the receiver at the chamber is marked “1940” and the front of the frame under the barrel is marked “8152 / b”. The left side of the barrel is marked with an “Eagle / 655” and the bottom rear of the barrel is marked “8152 / 8,81”. The “655” was the Waffenamt code for Mauserwerke in Oberndorf used from 1939-1941. The top surface of the holdopen latch is marked “52” and the top rear surface of the frame at rear of magazine well is marked “ B”, “F” and “U”. The top surface of the well at the front of the frame is marked “S” and “T”. The underside of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked with “V”, “F”, “J” and “U”. The bottom surface of the left rail on the underside of the slide is marked with “W” and an inspection mark. The inside of the left grip panel is marked “B”, “M”, “52”, “U” and with “Eagle / 655” and the right with “52”, “M”, and “L”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a “V” notch in the back of the toggle and a serrated ramp front sight dovetailed into the band at the front of the barrel. The front sight presents an inverted “V” as viewed from the rear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut that are lightly oil stained. The checkering shows light to moderate wear with a few mars in both grips. The grips rate in about Very Good to Fine condition.
Type of Finish: The pistol is blued. The ejector has a plum colored finish.
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with sharp rifling. There is extremely light erosion scattered throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 75% of its metal finish. There are a few tiny spots of pinprick surface erosion in the top rear of the barrel. There is surface loss on the edges of the barrel band, the front corners of the frame and the edges of the sideplate and trigger guard. There is thinning on the frame rails, front strap, backstrap, sideplate and the edges of the receiver. There are also several light marks scattered over the barrel, trigger guard and front strap, with two tiny dings in the barrel. The knurling and serrations on the toggle knobs show light wear, as does the knurling on the magazine release and locking bolt and the serrations on the safety. The grip screws are distressed and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 total of one magazine and a black top flap holster. The magazine is blued with an aluminum bottom piece. The left lower side of the magazine is marked “122” and with an “Eagle / 37”, indicating the magazine was made by Haenel of Suhl, probably in 1939 or early 1940 (later magazines were marked with ‘fxo” instead of the “122”. The bottom piece is marked “8152 / b / +”. The magazine shows thinning and very light marks in its bottom piece. The magazine is in about Fine condition. The top flap of the holster is sewn to the back side of the holster, which forms its hinge. There is a strap on the outside of the top flap, which can be secured to a buckle sewn to the rear edge of the holster. There is a magazine pouch sewn to the front edge, two thin belt loop sewn to the back surface and a pouch for a small tool sewn to the inside surface of the top flap. The back of the holster is marked “fuq 1941”, “P.08” in large letters and an Eagle holding a globe with Swastika over “WaA 14” (Altogether, these marks indicate the holster was made by Curt Vogel, Lederwarenfabrik in 1941. The holster shows thinning of its finish on the outside surfaces of the holster, top flap and magazine pouch. There are multiple light handling marks scattered over the holster with several deeper drag lines in the top flap and magazine pouch, a long scuff mark below the pull strap on the outside of the holster and a cut in the leather at the top of the magazine pouch. The stitching in the holster and the pull strap is all intact and there are no cracks in the hinge. The holster is in about Very Good condition. There takedown tool is missing.
Our Assessment: .The Luger pistol was patented in 1898 by Georg Luger and first produced in 1900 by DWM (Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken). The Luger was selected by the Swiss army in 1900 well before the Germans finally adopted it for their navy in 1904 and the army in 1908. The Luger was one of the most distinctive looking pistols ever made with its toggle-link action. It was known to be strong and reliable, and was made by a host of companies including Krieghoff, Simson, Mauser and Vickers. The Germans liked it so much they used it in both world wars, even after the Walther P38 officially replaced it. This pistol is a Mauser Model 1934 42 that was made in 1940. The serial numbers on the pistol, its grips and its magazine are matching and the proof markings are correct for this model. The pistol is in about Very Good condition with 75% of its original finish remaining. The bore is gray with sharp rifling and extremely light erosion scattered throughout the bore. This pistol comes complete with a black leather top flap holster made by Curt Vogel Lederwarenfabrik. This pistol is an extremely nice example of a WWII Luger with original finish, all matching numbers and a period correct holster. We expect the Luger collectors and collectors of German military arms to be very interested in this pistol.