Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 426: World War II German "byf"/"42" Luger with Holster, Extra Mag

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Excellent World War II German "byf" Code "42" Dated Luger Pistol with Holster and Extra Magazine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Excellent World War II German "byf" Code "42" Dated Luger Pistol with Holster and Extra Magazine

Manufacturer: Mauser
Model: Luger
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 339
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Fixed sights, with the "42" date on top of the chamber and "byf" on the front toggle link. Overall metal finish is blue, with checkered grips and an alloy base magazine. The grips and magazine are unnumbered, otherwise the parts are matching in a "military" pattern. With a brown leather holster dated 1938 on the back, and a mixed numbered magazine. Attached to the flap of the holster is an enamel badge for the 26th Infantry Regiment; a component of the "Big Red One" 1st Infantry Division, the 26th saw action in multiple amphibious assaults in Africa and Europe, including action at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. No specific details regarding the owner of the pistol are supplied, but Lugers were extremely popular souvenirs and war trophies, and a soldier of the 26th no doubt would have multiple opportunities to claim one in the field.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 97% plus of the original blue finish, showing bright edge wear and mild handling marks. The grips are also excellent with mild stains and dings. The holster is very good, with a number of scuffs and scratches overall, a small hole punched in the back of the body, and strong stitching. Mechanically excellent.



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