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Simpsom has for sale: MAUSER 1934, 97% blue, excellent bore, very good grips, rare Eagle L Police, s/n:5700xx, at $1500.00
These are not offered for sale very often and I think his price is about right.
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Just returned from gunshow, Springfield, MA with S# 572067 M1934 EL Police in 99% condition. Finish and grips are beautiful. Previous to purchase, examined pistol in detail, magnifying glass to verify, NOT a reblue. Pd. $520.

I need advice re. cosmoline. Am also going to post this query in New Collectors forum under a heading re. Cosmoline.

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Pistol seems to have a lot of thick cosmoline (photo attached). Rubbed a "pasty" substance off of underside of barrel with my thumb before I realized what it was. Have been told two things re. cosmoline, and need opinion advice on how to handle this.

1. Cosmoline adds to value, credibility of pistol, and should not be removed.
2. Cosmoline, when it ages, retains moisture and can damage pistol, and should be removed.

In the past, I have always done a detailed stripping, coating all parts with "Break Free Collector.

What should I do?
What should I do?
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Some guys used to fill their pistols full of grease for storage purposes. This may be the case here but you don't know for sure. I have cleaned grease out of a couple of my Mauser pistols. If it was mine I would clean it out unless I knew for sure it was original factory cosmoline. Did Mauser fill their pistols full of that stuff before they left the factory? I don't know.
 

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Pancho,

I didn't go to Springfield this time around, what a great find!

My own opinion is to clean the gun. I have an ultrasonic cleaner that I use for new guns, after the bath and lube I apply break free and they go into the humidity controlled safe.

Personnaly, I don't think cosmoline adds any value to the gun, the condition of the finish/grips/function is what counts to me. I've actually bought a P38 in the past that the bore was "dark" and sold as such and when I cleaned it, mirror shiney.

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Outstanding find/bargin of a rare E/L Mauser 1934.

"What should I do?" I would clean the gunk out. While the old gunk/cosmoline may in rare cases add some credibility, I always like to see whats under it. (A collector/dealer told me that cosmoline can be baked to a gun to add credibility.)
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