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Some time ago there was an excellent article in AUTO MAG covering the Mauser pocket pistols, serial numbers, and production dates. My AUTO MAGS are scattered. Perhaps a better organized member can find the article.

If you supply the serial number I can ball park the production date.
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Jan,

Thank you very much for the offer but I think I need more info than I want to impose on you for. I have almost 100 serial numbers ranging from about 200 to 57000! The reason I'm interested is to try to establish a "no earlier than" date for the police unit marks on these pistols. To simplify things, I'm assigning a 1920 date to any pistol manufactured in 1920 or earlier since, for dating Weimar police marks, this represents a "born again" date. The highest s/n in this group having a 1920 Reichswehr property stamp is about 25000 so at least about 80 pistols may be labeled as "1920" for my puposes. This leaves about 20 pistols ranging from 278403 to 571979 that I would like to establish dates for, unless they were all produced prior to 1921.

I guess my basic question is "What serial number represents the start of post-1920 production?"
 

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Originally posted by jacobtowne

My Auto-Mags only go back a couple of years. Would it be possible for someone to scan and post that article?
JT

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I believe the article you may be looking for on the Mausers is in Volume XXXII-Issue 3 of June 1999. It was written by Mr. John LaCroix and is eight pages long. He does have it Copyrighted.
 

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Thanks very much for the information. It seems you must have the famous LaCroix article. If I might impose upon you, I would like to send you another 15-20 serial numbers for dates. I don't have them now and will have to wait a day or two.

Your dating of SN 571797 as 1939 presents something of a puzzle. This pistol has a police unit mark on it. If my memory is correct, the Nazis ordered that marking be stopped in 1936. Someone didn't get the memo!
 
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