"MAUSER S/42 CODE 1936 MILITARY LUGER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN 8378a. Cal. 9 mm. Usual configuration with blued finish, 4" bbl and dovetail front sight with fixed rear sight. It has the "1936" date over chamber with "S/42" code for Mauser on toggle link. By 1936 the Nazis no longer felt the need to conceal their rearmament, so they began using the actual date of manufacture on pistols although they continued for several years to use a code for the manufacturer. This pistol is fitted with unnumbered, full checkered walnut grips that undoubtedly are original to this pistol. It also has an aluminum based magazine bearing number "5374l". PROVENANCE: Stern Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except magazine and grips as noted above. Overall retains 92-93% strong orig blue, slightly thinned on front & back straps with sharp edge and high point wear. Grips have a few chipped diamonds and show light to moderate wear. Magazine is fine with about 75% orig blue. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, frosty in grooves. 4-34161 JR92 (2,500-4,000)"
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