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Duelling Serial Numbers? Mauser 42 1940

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Hello,

Sorry if this is a simple answer but I haven't come across this before and couldn't find any reference on it through forum searches.

I have a 1940 chamber marked Mauser 42. The pictured serial number 14xxF matches throughout the pistol. There is an engraved number on the back-strap that appears to be a serial number, as well N46xx.

Is this second number even a serial number and, if so, what would be the purpose of the secondary serial number and which number is the correct one.

I thank you in advance for any assistance and let me know if I can provide any other information to help out.

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welcome , Not sure about the other collectors, but as soon as I see serial numbers blocked like that it makes me keep scrolling 馃槈
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welcome , Not sure about the other collectors, but as soon as I see serial numbers blocked like that it makes me keep scrolling 馃槈
Thank you for the response. I appreciate the insight. It is just a force of habit when posting pics online and always being paranoid that someone might try to use them fraudulently. Uncensored pictures below.... Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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You have a Luger that was issued to the German Navy, the number on the back of the grip was the N property mark from the Nordsee base.

Does the magazine match?
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You have a Luger that was issued to the German Navy, the number on the back of the grip was the N property mark from the Nordsee base.

Does the magazine match?
Thank you for the info! Is the number on the backstrap any type of serial number or just an internal number for the base?

Excuse my ignorance but I'm not sure on the matching of the magazine. Please find some pics below for viewing...

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Mag is newer than your gun.

There are folks here that can help you but not me.
There are many folks here that chase these.

Try looking up " navy mauser " as that looks like what you have.
Congrats as it looks to have hope to me
Chapter 15 in the Hallock - VanDekamp Mauser Luger book should clear a bunch of stuff up.
Chapter 15 in the Hallock - VanDekamp Mauser Luger book should clear a bunch of stuff up.
Thank you for the specific leads! I will run them down as best I can.
Here is a very recent book that will help you a bunch.
He goes by " taudelt " here.
VERY knowledgeable gentleman and not an " in your face " type.

Good luck and congrats again.

No idea why you are being ignored by the experts but it happens to me all the time.
Amusing to say the least;)
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Dave,
This is not in your book.
New number?
Some real close though.
The magazine isn鈥檛 matching it goes to a later Mauser Luger. A correct matching magazine would have an aluminum bottom with both the serial# and the N property mark number on the bottom of it, rarely do the magazines match. Still a rare Luger though.
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No idea why you are being ignored by the experts but it happens to me all the time.
Amusing to say the least;)
I don't feel ignored, at all. Most everyone on this forum is an expert compared to my knowledge level. I thank you all for taking the time to help answer my question and beyond. It was exciting to learn that I have a pretty rare Luger in my stead.
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Nice looking gun, I don鈥檛 study these but I know
@Mobandyjp82 has some interest 馃槉
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Pure tounge in cheek bud.
Not a Mauser guy but I know enough to see you have a VERY interesting one there .

Just giving a prod and amusing myself a little;)

I don't feel ignored, at all. Most everyone on this forum is an expert compared to my knowledge level. I thank you all for taking the time to help answer my question and beyond. It was exciting to learn that I have a pretty rare Luger in my stead.
Chatted with 'taudelt' at Ohio show Sat........mostly old times, a touch on MGs.

PJH
Thanks to Dave (1933 Ford Nut) for posting a picture of the book. In there are some pictures of my 1940 42 code SN 9250e with N 4730 grip strap marking. Looks a lot like yours....
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