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41 DATE 42 CODE, GERMAN ARMY LUGER AND ACCESSORIES
At the start of 1941 Mauser changed from the four digit Luger date to the two digit Luger date. During 1941 Mauser produced approximately 133,000 Lugers in the 2500n to9950a serial range for the German military. These all bear the two digit 41 date and most bear the byf code. Approximately 7000 of these in the 2500n to 6700r serial range bear the 42 code. They are interspersed with byf 41 production. These 41 dated 42 code Lugers bear E/655 acceptance stamps and the late Army Test proof.(See page 16, and 66 Third Reich Lugers for details)



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Figure 1. Left slant view, 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Note the P08 on frame and exposed style of serial number placement.




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Figure 2. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Top.


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Figure 3. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Right side.




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Figure 4. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Right receiver and barrel, showing late test proof and E/655 E/655 acceptance stamps. Note: the test proof is larger on the frame than on the barrel.




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Figure 5. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o, showing the serial number on the frame and barrel. Note: the lack of halo on the barrel serial number digits. This is typical of almost all blued Mauser Lugers.




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Figure 6. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Matched Type 3 blued extruded magazine.




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Figure 7. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Type 3 blued extruded magazine showing the 122 code and double E/37 stamped left side.




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Figure 8. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Inside of unnumbered grips. They bear a E/655 stamp.




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Figure 9. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Inside of unnumbered grips, showing the tiny E/655 stamp.




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Figure 10. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o with its 1941 dated holster.




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Figure 11. 41dated, 42 code Luger, serial number 2977o. Open holster, with E/655 tool and extra magazine.




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Figure 12. Holster stamps, dtu 41, E/WaA 103, and P08.




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Figure 13. Tool with E/655 stamp.
 

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Nice Rig Jan!!!.... how do you manage to decipher the Alphabet used on Luger serials?? That hardly looks like an "o" I have a tough time reading them correctly......does this the type of lettering have a name??...or were these guys just artistic??!!!
 

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Ed has made a list of letter suffixes, but I did not save the address. Maybe he will post it with it a stickie so it wouldnt get buried.
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Frank very kindly sent me an email with all possible combinations of letter suffixes.....really useful for deciphering these letters...Cheers Frank!!
 
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