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I have a luger which I brought back from Germany after WW11. I am not a collector or shooter and oiled it and put it in a safety deposit box for all these years. Now I wonder what it is after perusing this website. The side plate is stamped 8382 and all the other parts are stamped 82. The bottom of the barrel is stamped 8382 over 8.81. The top of the barrel is stamped 1939 and the top of the slide is stamped S/42. The magazine has a white metal bottom stamped 8382 and a cursive letter n. The holster is stamped A.Fischer, Berlinc.s and 1941. It has a stamp 3648. The tool is also stamped 3648. What have I got and what is it worth.
 

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Byron, welcome to the forum!

What you have is a Mauser produced luger made in 1939, the S/42 is a code that they used.

The serial number is 8382 and I am guessing that it also has the cursive "n" on the underside on the frame near the barrel. The 82's you see are the last two of the serial number.

The 8,81 is the land to land measurement after it was accepted by the inspector, same with the markings on the right of the frame.

Value is subject, much depends on if all of it is matching, including some cmall parts and condition is everything. Value could be $500 for a shooter if in poor shape, up to $1500 (retail price, expect several hundred less if selling), the holster is worth another $85-$200, again depending on how the condition is, the tool is worth $25-$85, depending on condition and how it is marked.

Byron, I collect stories such as yours, can I get the story on how you aquired it (found or traded with another GI is cool too), pictures of it, etc?

I am curious, does it have a "sear safety" like what is in the picture below? If it does, it is pretty obvious, if it doesn't then it is an Army pistol and not a police, an army is more likely.



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Can you provide pictures of it? All sides and angles?

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It does have a sear safety. All parts, including small parts are stamped 82. Condition is mint.

I enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944. Was shipped to Europe in September 1945 as a replacement and wound up as a staff sergeant in the 850th Engineer Aviation Battalion in Gielbelsdtadt, Germany. I got the luger from another GI paying for it with cartons of cigarettes! It was in cosmoline when I got it. I cleaned it and fired one clip of 9mm and put it away. I will send photos as soon as I figure out how to use my new digital camera. Thank you cery much for the information. Byron
 

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quote:Originally posted by Byron Mays

I have a luger which I brought back from Germany after WW11. I am not a collector or shooter and oiled it and put it in a safety deposit box for all these years. Now I wonder what it is after perusing this website. The side plate is stamped 8382 and all the other parts are stamped 82. The bottom of the barrel is stamped 8382 over 8.81. The top of the barrel is stamped 1939 and the top of the slide is stamped S/42. The magazine has a white metal bottom stamped 8382 and a cursive letter n. The holster is stamped A.Fischer, Berlinc.s and 1941. It has a stamp 3648. The tool is also stamped 3648. What have I got and what is it worth.
The holster and tool are probably police, adding value (especially the holster as it is now more like a $220-350 holster). The pistol sounds like a police pistol; an expert should examine it. The original factory serial-matched magazine adds quite a bit of value ($200 is a rough guess, maybe more). In mint condition, regardless, you should be happy with the value of the pistol you traded cigarettes for! Those cigarettes wouldn't be worth much today but your luger may be over $2000 in value.
 

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Today I went over to Byrons and took pictures. The holster & tool match each other, and is one of the nicest police holsters I have seen! It is a 1941 police, black in color Berlin, A Fischer.




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Here is the matching tool to the holster:

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Here is the pistol. It is one of the nicest I have seen also, I would say it is 97 or 98% blueing! Really nice, the bore had a bit of slight pitting on the inside towards the very front of the bore, but overall, looked pretty damn good and ALL matching! Matching magazine, matching grips, and very nice.

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Damn Ed ain't worth nothin' now, ya went and busted it. Ther's pieces all over the dern place.

Byron, That is a beautiful pistol. And as far as I'm concern it's worth a whole lot more, since we know exactly where it came from. And who earned it. Cigarette trade or not. You volunteered, you went, and you served. You have my gratitude and respect. From one vet to another. And I wish I had your Luger. Thanks for sharing it.

Ron
 
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