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Lot 550: Documented Mauser/FN "ac/43" Code P.38 Pistol

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Documented Mauser/Fabrique Nationale "ac/43" Code P.38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Documented Mauser/Fabrique Nationale "ac/43" Code P.38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Mauser
Model: P 38
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 4 7/8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: plastic
Item Views: 538
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 375
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This specific pistol is pictured on page 216 of the book "The P.38 Pistol, Volume 2" by Warren Buxton, as part of a discussion on Fabrique Nationale's output of P.38 components under German occupation. Concurrent with production of the P.35 High Power pistol FN was tasked to make P.38 components to supplement the main contractors, though never themselves made a full P.38 in-house; while more than qualified, FN had other irons in the fire, and suffered the same production chokepoints as the other German suppliers. Mauser, Walther and Spreewerke received frames, slides and locking blocks from FN, with this example being an FN slide on a Mauser frame and barrel. The slide is marked "P38" (note the absence of a period, proper for an FN slide) and "ac/43" on the left and "eagle/WaA135" on the right, with matching serial numbers on the slide, frame, barrel and locking block. A marking has been removed from the left side of the frame near the Waffenamt stamp, possibly a police style stamp. Fitted with a set of ribbed brown plastic grips and a full blue magazine marked "P.38" on the left and "eagle/359" on the spine.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 80% plus original blue finish, showing bright wear along the edges and high points, a few areas of gray patina, and mild handling marks overall. The grips are fine, with some light scuffing. Mechanically excellent.

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