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I have just started buying lugers ,the one in question is numbered is numbered 622 and all numbers match on pistol and booth mags and the condition is 95 percent. my question is ,did s/42 rarely come with spare mags .
chris cotton uk.
 

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Military P08 military pistols, as a general rule, came from the factory with 2 magazines numbered to the gun. This would include P08s coded s/42. These matching magazines, over the years and for various reasons usually got seperated from their pistol. It used to be that more P08s were found with unmatched magazines then were found with even one matching and for a collector to find a P08 with both of the original matching magazines was seldom the case. At the present time, P08s with matching magazines seem to be the rule rather than the exception.
 

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Chris, Lugers were issued with two mags that were serially matched to the pistol. If military, one mag would have a "+" sign on the base indicating that it was the spare mag. If police issue, the mags would be numbered 1 & 2 on the bases. Artillery Lugers from WW1 were, I believe, issued with three matching mags.
 
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thank you for your help , it is only a quick visit to the site i have a few things i want to ask about a swiss luger i have

cheers chris
 

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Chris,
* Your 1936 S/42 should have a small, lower case, suffix letter beneath the frame's S/N.
* The proper main mag for an Army 1936 S/42 P.08 after the "m" suffix block would be a folded & crimped, blued S/Mtl tube containing a coiled spring w/ a single side pinned Aluminum base plug bearing the S/N, suffix letter, & a small droop winged eagle/63 acceptance stamp. The follower is also bright. The reserve mag is the same as above w/ the added "+" stamp to the base plug.
* Before the Army "m" block, the tube would be un-blued (bright). A transition range in the "m-o" block was likely for bright tube to blued tube as excess white tubes were being used up by Mauser.
* The 1936 holster should be easier to find ( and less expensive) than a 1935 PT.08 all else being equal. The 1936 PT.08 will have a maker's name, city and year marked between the two belt loop, a droop winged Eagle/WaA### Army Acceptance Stamp, and NO P.08 mark on the rear side.
* A search on this Forum may reveal pictures of a 1936 holster example.
* Trust this helps.
 
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