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Lot 1701: German Police Rework Luger Pistol Rig

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

German Police Rework Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol Rig with Matching Number Holster and Two Matching Magazines

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

German Police Rework Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol Rig with Matching Number Holster and Two Matching Magazines

Manufacturer: Mauser
Model: P08
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 353
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Devoid of maker's marks or date, this pistol is a 1930's Mauser manufactured P.08 Luger reworked for use by German police forces. (Collectors sometimes refer to this as a Mauser 1933 "sneak" police rework). During the Weimar period, Simpson & Company was the primary firm for this sort of work. Blade front and notch rear sights, with a blank chamber, faint "Imperial eagle" proofs on the barrel, extension and breechblock, and a faint "Droop-wing eagle" Waffenamt stamp on the right side of the extension. A sear safety has been installed on the left side of the extension, and a hole in the left side of the frame to accommodate a now-absent magazine safety. Matching numbers are present on the barrel, takedown latch, sideplate, trigger, and rear toggle link. Two nickel finished alloy base magazines are included; both bases are numbered "4082" to match the pistol, with one marked "1" and the other marked "3" (instead of the "2" usually seen on a spare police-issue magazine). The police-style holster is also numbered to match the pistol, with "SCHAMBACH & CO/BERLIN/1934" on the back over a "sunburst" stamp, faint hand markings inside the flap, and a small takedown tool that has been numbered to match the pistol.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 90% plus of the arsenal blue, showing areas of brown patina, minor spotting, and mild edge wear and handling marks. The small components retain 75% of the straw colors, with the remainder turning a smooth gray, and bright niter blue is present on the sear spring. The grips are fine, with some mild dings and wear on the left panel. The holster is good, with stitching lost from the hinge and tool pouch, and mild scuffing and cracking overall. Mechanically excellent.

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