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I was looking at the online catalog of an auction house for an upcoming sale. I noticed some pistols which are not common. I have made copies of the pictures of the pistol that are going to be auctioned, together with the text that went with each pistol. This text gives a description and condition of the weapon.

It is not my intention to hype the auction, but rather to post the pictures and information on these pistols so that it will be available in the future. So often, examples such as these will be purchased and then taken home and put in the gun room or safe, not to surface again for public viewing for many years. In this instance, these pistols will sell, probably for sums which many here cannot afford. Then they will be taken home and stored, not to be seen again until the new buyer dies or needs money. If this does not occur, then we will be able to get better pictures. If it does occur, then the pictures and data will be available for us common folk to see and dream about.


(Hopefully I will have these in the proper categories. If my posting this information offends, then please delete same.)



Mauser .45 Caliber Model 1909-1912/1914 Automatic Pistol


Serial Number: 4
Manufacturer: Mauser
Model: M1912-14
Type: pistol
Gauge: .45
Barrel Length: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut Stock:

Description: Unique Mauser .45 Caliber Model 1909-1912/1914 Automatic Pistol The only known example of a prototype Mauser model 1909-1912/1914 automatic pistol chambered in caliber .45. This pistol, serial number 4, is pictured on pages 89-91 of THE MAUSER SELF-LOADING PISTOL by Belford and Dunlap. The pistol was manufactured by Wafenfabrik Mauser prior to World War I as a response to the adoption of the .45 caliber Model 1911 pistol by the US Army. Development of the .45 caliber design was apparently terminated shortly after the outbreak of the war in 1914. This unique, .45 caliber Mauser Model 1909-1912/1914 is in the same, elite class of experimental, large caliber, German automatic pistols as the US Army .45 caliber test Luger and the Walther .45 caliber MP. The configuration of the pistol is generally similar to the scarce Mauser 9m/m Model 1912-14 pistol. Like the 9m/m Model 1912-14, the pistol has the barrel retention rod and lever on the front of the frame and slide release located on the forward edge of the trigger guard. The one piece grip is walnut with checkered panels. The left side of the slide is marked: "WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A.N. MAUSER'S PATENT" in one line. The top of the slide, rear of the frame and left side of the front barrel lug are serial numbered "4." The right side of the front barrel lug is marked "2X." The magazine is nickel plated. The body and floor plate are unmarked and the top of the magazine follower is numbered "8." The pistol has a subdued, rust blue finish. The rear sight, trigger, magazine release and barrel retention lever are niter blue.

Condition: Excellent. The pistol retains between 95 and 97% of the original finish. The blue is thinning slightly on the grip strap and the top of the barrel. The trigger and barrel retention lever have about 90% of the fiery, niter blue finish. The bore is excellent. Markings are crisp. The grip is generally excellent and has about 90% of the original finish. The checkered panels are sharp. Both sides of the grip have minor hair line cracks that start at the top of the grip and run along the edge of the panel. The magazine has some minor flaking on the bottom of the floor plate but is otherwise excellent. Overall condition is exceptional for a prototype pistol subject to extensive handling. This is a one of a kind and very significant pistol, that is unlikely to ever appear on the collector market again.



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Thanks for the post Charlie. The pics are in my archive now. There is no prayer of the pistol ending up in my safe. Any idea on what it is expected to sell for?
 
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Having the opportunity to research these Mauser M1912/14 pistols in caliber .45 and 9 mm, I can confirm that there are additional Mauser M1912/14 pistols in caliber .45 known to exist in private collections, and the pistol described above is not unique. Without going into detail of the various models three models, I know of at least four other pistols in caliber .45, one of which has a shoulder stock. Two of them are shown on my website which the link is provided below.

It will be very interesting how much this very rare pistol will fetch in the auction.

Cheers,
Albert
 
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