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I posted this earlier on another website and I was asked if I could post it to this Forum. Of course - it would be my pleasure, as much of the research and learning about this variation is attributed to Mr. Still's excellent publication(s). As well - to note, there have been several fine Banner RIGS shown previously (please see huggiebear's posts) that I hope this adds to that database of information. I also want to take a moment and thank ToggleTop, for his guidence and comments on this Banner Luger.

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I thought I’d take an opportunity to present a 1941 E/L Proofed Mauser Police Banner for your review. While Mauser Banners are outside my primary collecting area, this piece is excellent - both as a representative example of later Mauser production and classic Eagle L (“E/L”) proofed Police Lugers. Please note, that all information is attributed to Mr. Jan Still, and his contributing collectors as noted in his excellent work “Third Reich Lugers”, without which – I would be lost on this variation.

As well, I have been wanting to post this treatise for some time, but I also wanted to conduct adequate research for those who may want to use this as a learning experience. Therefore, I also tried to take some very detailed photos of the areas that might be of interest.

According to Mr. Still (PP147 – Third Reich Lugers), approximately 5,915 1941 Mauser Banner Lugers were produced. The serial number of this specific specimen is “99 Y”, and would rate at 90%+ overall including one matched magazine (marked “2”). Overall wear is confined to the high spots from holster carry without any pitting or rust noted.

I will also note that this specimen also retains its original sear safety. I must admit – that the “sear safety” has always held a certain fascination for me, as it was mandated for use by the Police forces. However, somewhat mysteriously, and counter-intuitive, Police Officers have a reputation of advanced powers of observation, BUT, by Third Reich Government mandate, a Police Officer might disassemble their Luger in a loaded condition – completely ignoring the huge extractor marking of “GELADEN” (“LOADED”) sticking up off the front toggle, or even NOT check the chamber before disassembly.

Left Side view:
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Right Side view:
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Eagle L detail on Right side of the cannon. Notice the “L” to the right and under the Eagle – that is what is referred to as the Eagle L – or E/L:
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The Mauser “Banner” on the center toggle:
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The Left Side showing the Take down (blue) with the last 2 Military Digits, Sideplate and left cannon:
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With the sideplate removed, you can now see the digit stamps on the trigger:
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The next series of photos document the Sear Safety. For those who do not have a Luger in their collection with one, here is what they include. This picture is from the Left Side, which is how it looks when issued. Note the riveted piece above the sear bar extending onto the top of the side plate:
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With the sideplate removed, you will see the “pin” contacting” and retaining the sear bar from movement. Since this can not move, it can not release the firing pin:
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From the top - a sear safety looks like this:
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And from the bottom, with the cannon off the Luger - you can clearly see how the "safety pin" retains the sear bar from movement:
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Top End Treatise.
Here is the top end. From right to left - notice the chamber date, extractor military serialization, Banner, Center link serialization, and correct sight flycut:
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Details of the correct Chamber Date and extractor serialization:
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Center Toggle Link - with Banner and digit serialization:
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Forward Toggle Link with the correct GELADEN (LOADED) stamp:
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Forward Toggle Link assembled. You will notice the proofs as they appear on the forward breech:
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The firing train including the firing pin, spring and retainer. These as they are removed from the forward breech block
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The middle and rear toggle links, underside. I am still researching these stamps:
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The barrel. Notice the witness marks, gauge and stamps on the underside near the mounting lug:
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Front Sight Detail:
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Finally - the Axle pin with the correct military serialization:
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Moving into the frame area, this is the inside of the sideplate. Notice the digit stamp and the differences to this area then other manufactures, such as HK:
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The thumb safety. Again, serialized on the top to the number of this Luger. The safety is in excellent condition along with the :GESICHERT stamp as noted:
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The frame serial number. Notice that the serial number of a Luger is NOTED WITH the letter suffix!:
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The trigger guard relief. These varied from manufacturer to manufacturer, however, this is the correct relief pattern for Mauser
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The cut-out in the rear frame well. Again, a very distinct pattern to machining.
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The cut-out in the front of the frame well, where the locking bolt passes through. Notice the stamps.
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The "hold open" correctly inserted into the frame. Again, with correct military serialization.
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The frame lug cuts. Compared to HK, these have their own "finger_print" and are unique to Mauser:
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The magazine is matched to this Luger and is noted as "2" (magazines were numbered "1", "2" or sometimes, "3" as issued)::
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Magazine proofs - fxo over an Eagle 37 (E/37). On the right, noted "P.08":
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Detail of the thumb checker:
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