Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 524: Swedish Army Mauser Banner Long Barreled Test Luger Semi-Automat

Auction Date: September 6, 2019

Very Scarce Swedish Army Mauser Banner Long Barreled Test Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $6,500

Very Scarce Swedish Army Mauser Banner Long Barreled Test Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster

Manufacturer: Mauser
Model: Luger
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm para
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/straw
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 227
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is a fine example of a very scarce early Swedish Mauser Banner Test Luger. These Swedish Army test Lugers were manufactured circa 1938/39 within the Mauser Banner production run with documented serial numbers from 5701V-5975V. In total there were 275 of these long barreled (4 3/4 inch) Lugers manufactured in 9 mm Luger. The unique aspect of these is the noted longer barrel length in 9 mm Luger within this serial number range. This example is dated 1938, with the correct 5-line Mauser Banner logo on the front toggle. The left side of the barrel extension and breechblock and front sight base are correctly stamped with a single "crown/U" commercial proof acceptance mark with no other proofs on the pistol. It has the full serial number "5952" on the frame, barrel extension and barrel with the last two digits of the serial number "52" on the various smaller parts. The pistol has the correct high polish rust blue finish with straw finished small parts and nitre blue screws and springs. It is fitted with a checkered walnut grips with the partial serial number on the inside of the right panel. It is complete with a blued sheet metal magazine with a non-matching aluminum base. Includes replacement "1935" dated Robert Larsen leather holster with police "K" acceptance mark, extra magazine, and unmarked takedown tool.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. 75% plus original blue finish remains with areas of edge wear, spotting on the grip straps, 15% original straw colors on the small parts. The grips are also fine with sharp checkering and some small dings. Mechanically excellent. Holster is very fine with tight stitching, overall solid construction, and small scuffs.

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