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I spoke with my friend Chris tonight. We talked of many things - work, new houses, kids, dogs, etc. The discussion turned to other things, including Lugers. It seems that Chris has had, since his father's death, a matching Luger with two matching magazines and a slightly beat up holster.


I told him about this forum and he asked me to post the following until he can be approved as a member.

It's a Byf 42. Serial number is 8306 R. (The R is a guess based upon his description). All visible numbers match. Condition is 90+%. The magazines are wooden bottoms and serialized to the pistol. The holster is seemingly unmarked.

He inherited this pistol after his father's death and would like to know more about it. Can you guys help me out?
 

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Will probably need some pictures. Couple of things from your comments raise questions. The serial number range on 42 byf guns is approximately 500 (no suffix) to 149 m per Jan's THIRD REICH LUGERS. Perhaps it is a "g" but again pictures will really help. The wood bottom mags would probably not be original to the gun as they stopped issuing them around the early 1920s.
 

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I looked at it tonight. It was in excellent original condition. All matching. The letter could be a "K". I will compare it to my chart tonight. The wood bottom mags were Luger mags but not for that gun. His father probably traded them off because they looked nicer. The holster was in VG+ condition. I could find no markings on it whatsoever. Black leather with flaps for the extra magazine and tool. All in all, a very nice pistol. I told him of this site and we will be posting pictures.
 
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