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What is the correct alpha code range for a BYF 42 Black Widow?
How can you tell if the grips are correct and original?
Any thing esle to look for?
Thanks,
Dave
 

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Hi Dave, the byf 42 went from the No Suffix to the early N-Block according to Jan's "Third Reich Lugers".

The grips could be either black bakelite or wooden. If they are made from wood, they should have the last two digits of the serial number stamped on the inside or maybe an eagle-over-135 stamped on the inside or both the numbers and E/135 stamps.

A word of caution. There are a lot of fake plastic grips being sold as original, so be careful if the pistol has plastic (bakelite) grips.
 

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Dave, the manufacturers of fake Luger grips are getting so good, they have been able to reproduce the threaded holes on the back side of the grips. However, while the material appears to be Bakelite, when subjected to hot water for a short period of time they become soft and can be easily be twisted. This won't happen with original Bakelite Grips.

So be extra careful!!
 
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