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Hi; A buddy of mine came up with a S42 37 matched except mag (FXO) that has a matching numbered holster kind of in the Police type. Holster is a commercial A---- maker marked on the back and 1937 dated on the inside. Strawed parts. Are these Police proofed? Could it be Police from day one? Kind of late for strawed parts isn't it? It's like 98%. In '37 the Army would be hard pressed to give up any Lugers for anybody wouldn't they?

Years ago, this goof ball, Ralph Williams (WW1 Vet.-Luger collector) around here, strawed parts on Lugers kind of willy-nilly. He made Krieghoff grips and all kinds of stuff. I'm just a little hinky that he got ahold of this and did the job on it. Any wild Idea as to value? I'm way more of a rifle guy than a pistol guy. Doug
 

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Doug,

Good to hear from you.

S/42 1937 had strawed parts up to about serial# 1500t, beyond that they were blued. Whats yours? What are the proof and etc. marks on this gun>

You say the holster is number matched to the gun--numbered how? Serial# match, or...?

--Dwight
 

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Doug, Without photos and a dicription of the markings. It's nearly impossible to say. Rust bluing and strawing of small parts ended in approx. mid 1937. So it is possible that it is original. As per Jan Still's Third Reich Lugers. Strawed parts are in the Ser# 4500p-1500t range. Does it have a "Sear safety? A small dog legged flat bar riveted so it lays on top of the side plate? If not, it's probably not a police issue. Try to post photos.

Ron
 
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HI; No sear safty. Holster has the whole number on the inside. Sounds like it could be OK. I'll try to get some PICs on in the fullness of time. Doug
 
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The only recorded Lugers going directly to the Police from the Mauser Military production were the G-Date, 1936-S/42, 1939-S/42 and 41-byf. The serial number and suffix ranges for each era are well documented. Notice, I did not say from the Commercial production. The other Military production Lugers such as the K-Date, 1937-S/42, 1938-S/42 1939-42, 1940-42 and the 42-byf also found there way into the Police inventory from several avenues other than Mauser distribution. For example, I have a 1937-S/42 with a sear safety, straw parts and an - O - KM property number. I doubt this was a result of the Kriegsmarine Police. Apparently this pistol departed Mauser as a 1937 Military Luger. Somehow either the Police (sear safety) of KM (property number) acquired the 1937-S/42. It left one or the other and finally ended up as one or the other.
 
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