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S/42 CODE-1937 DATED-STRAWED SUBVAR.-LUGER, WITH ACCESSORIES.
During 1937 Mauser produced approximately 126,000 Lugers in the 4500p to 400b serial range for the German military (a very few went to the Kriegsmarine and police). These bear a 1937 date, S/42 code and droop wing E/63 or stick wing E/63 acceptance stamp. There are two subvariations of 1937 S/42. Shown is the first subvariation with straw parts. These are found in the 4500p to 1500t serial range. About 37,000 were produced. (Any update in serial ranges
would be most appreciated.)

Figure 1. Left slant view. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Note the exposed style of serial number placement.


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Figure 2. Top view. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p.


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Figure 3. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Right receiver and barrel, showing mid test proof and droop wing E/63 acceptance stamp.


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Figure 4. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Serial number on the frame and barrel. Note the halo on the barrel serial number digits and 8.81 barrel gauge digits.


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Figure 5. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Replacement S/42, droop wing E/63 accepted magazine.


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Figure 6. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Unmumbered grips.


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Figure 7. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Full rig showing, extra droop wing E/63 marked crimped blued magazine, and droop wing E/63 tool.


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Figure 8. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Showing back of holster and 1937 date, manufacturer, and acceptance stamp (E/WaA330).


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Figure 9. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Showing the extra magazine. While unmatched and in the n suffix block, it bears the droop wing E/63 acceptance stamp.

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Figure 10. S/42 code-1937dated-strawed subvariation-Luger, serial number 8766p. Showing details of the droop wing E/63 tool.


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Yes, the spare mag shown, sn 2619n, droop wing E/63, would have been issued with a n suffix range 1936 S/42.
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I've just located a Luger such as you describe as my first Luger. Original holster, with two matching magazines. Can you ballpark value such a weapon ?

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An excellent(95%+blue)-origonal all matching condition 1937 S/42 with two matching mags and a holster will sell for from $2200 to $3000. If it is not orignal, mismatched or reblued, the price can go down to $400 to $600. These are ball park estimates and those that regularly sell and buy at gun shows would be able to give a better estimate.

Any Luger with two origonal matching magazines should be considered rare. Please post detailed photographs.
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