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Manufactured in 1942. The pistol has the late salt-blue finish on the barrel and frame, blued small parts and two-piece, checkered walnut stocks. Like most 1942 dated police banner P.08s, the pistol does not have a rear safety. The upper, safe, safety lever position is marked: "GESICHERT", and the left side of the ejector is marked: "GELADEN". The right side of the pistol frame is marked with the "eagle/swastika/L" police acceptance stamp. The pistol chamber is dated "1942", and the upper toggle link is stamped with the Mauser "Banner" trademark. "Eagle/N" proof marks are stamped on the left side of the frame and breech block. The full serial number is stamped on the front of the frame, and "2932" is stamped on the left side of the receiver ahead of the side-plate. The sear bar, locking bolt, trigger, side-plate, safety lever, extractor, front and rear toggle links, rear connecting pin and the inside of both grips are marked with the partial serial number "32". All of the visible serial numbers match. The pistol has two blue magazines with pinned aluminum bottoms. The magazines have no case markings. The bottoms of the magazines are marked: "1/2932/y" and "2/2932/y". The pistol is complete with a black cowhide P.08 police holster. The holster has the distinctive police vertical closure strap with aluminum finial, spare magazine pouch on the side of the holster and two belt loops. The back of the holster that is stamped with the pistol serial number "2932", the police "eagle/swastika/B" acceptance stamp, the manufacturer's name and city ("SCHAMBACH & CO/BERLIN") and "1942". The pouch in the top of the holster flap contains a loading tool stamped with the "eagle/L" police acceptance stamp. Mauser manufactured an estimated total of 300 1942 dated German police P.08 pistols. Most of these pistols were subsequently issued to SS Police battalions for anti-partisan operations on the Eastern Front.
Excellent. The pistol retains 98% plus of the original blue finish, the receiver has an attractive correct slightly purple tint, and the barrel, frame and small parts have a conventional blue finish. All of the markings are clear. The grips are also excellent with only very minor handling wear. Mechanically excellent. Both magazine cases have nearly all of the blue finish, and the aluminum bases are excellent. The holster is excellent with extremely sharp markings. This is an outstanding, fully matching, police banner 1942 rig that is rarely encountered in complete, high condition.
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