This is a fine condition, early, very rare and all matching Mauser “G” Date Luger from 1935 with the 3rd Variation of the early “I-Beam” acceptance stamps. The serial number on this “G” Date Luger is 3630b and the acceptance stamps are WI154 and SI92 “I-Beam” type.
After Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933, the Third Reich was still subject to the restrictions and constraints of the Versailles Treaty, which severely limited the size of the German military and the number and types of weapons that could be produced. In 1935, the Versailles Treaty’s restrictions remained in place, one of which was that Luger pistols with a 100 mm barrel (4 inches) in 9mm Parabellum caliber were prohibited.
To get around these restrictions, Mauser was assigned the secret code letter “G” for the year 1935. In addition to the secret date code, Mauser was also assigned the assembly code “S/42” to identify all Mauser war material produced from 1934 to early 1939. This “S” code was also part of the Third Reich’s subterfuge since it was meant to imply that Simson & Company was still the producer of the Luger pistols. Simson & Company, a Jewish-owned business, was the Allied Control Commission-approved manufacturer of small arms to the German military since 1924.
The first reported “G” date Luger in 1935 is serial number 352a. Mauser, and most other German weapons manufacturers during WWII, would serial number weapons in blocks of 10,000 with letter suffixes increasing with each 10,000 block as no-suffix, a-suffix, b-suffix, etc. The estimated serial number range for “G” Date Lugers is 352a to 2575g. This encompasses transition from the “K” Date Lugers, manufactured in 1934, and running from 352a to 2845a. Luger production was all “G” Date from 2846a until approximately serial number 5114f. Mauser then began transitioning to the 1936 date at serial number 5114f and continued the transition to serial number 2575g.
Approximately 2,800 “G” Date Lugers were manufactured after 5114f and prior to serial number 2575g, which were “G” Date Lugers assembled in conjunction with 1936 pistols. Beyond serial number 2575g, a few “G” Date Lugers are reported, as late as serial number 6438g. These g-suffix “G” Date Lugers were likely assembled from remaining “G” Dated receivers after the transition to the 1936 S/42 Luger.
The great majority of “G” Date Lugers were produced for the German Army, approximately 54,089 pistols of a total “G” Date production of 55,838 pistols. There were a substantial number of inspection and acceptance stamps used in “G” Date production and these did not become stabilized until more than halfway through d-suffix production. This particular “G” Date Luger has the “WI154 – SI92 “I” Beam acceptance stamps, which are found on 21,109 “G” Date Lugers, or less than half of all “G” Date Lugers.
The first “G” Date pistol had the B/90-S/91 acceptance marks and a Type 1 test proof stamp. These marks remained constant until near serial number serial number 2800a. At this point, a new inspector with code “SI92 appears and this inspector worked alongside the BI90 and SI91 inspectors until around serial number 6480a. At this point in production, the SI91 inspector is completely replaced by the SI92 inspector and a new inspector with code “WI154 appears near serial number 6623a. Between serial numbers 6623a and 8560a, there are found a combination of WI154-SI92 acceptance stamps and BI90-SI92 acceptance stamps. After 8560a and well into the c-suffix range, most of the inspection marks, as are found on this pistol, are the WI154 and SI92 inspection stamps.
The Frame on this “G” Date Luger retains 95% plus of its rust blue finish with wear noted on the high points. There is some old but minor corrosion staining under the grip panels. Both the front and rear grip strap retain the vast majority of their original blued finish that is now exhibiting a slightly dull plum patina. The original lanyard ring is present and exhibits a plum and pewter patina. The Safety Bar has the partial matching serial number “30” on the top portion and it remains in the white. The Safety Lever retains 60% of the original straw finish and the top portion of the Safety Lever has the matching partial serial number “30.” The Mainspring retains virtually all of its tempered finish, and the Mainspring Guide retains the majority of its original blued finish. The full serial number “3630/b” is stamped on the Frame nose. The interior portions of the Frame retain its original polished finish (in the white), which was done during all “G” Date production. The left, rear of the frame, under the grip panels, has a sans serif “D” stamp. Inside the receiver lug recess of the frame are “F” and “S” stamps.
The Trigger retains 95% of its original straw finish that is faded on the trigger face. The matching partial serial number “30” is stamped on the top, left side. The Trigger Spring also retains most of its straw finish and has 6 coils. The Magazine Catch retains 95% of the original straw finish and is correctly unnumbered. There is almost no wear to the diamond points on the catch face. The Magazine Catch Spring retains the majority of its original blued finish with approximately 95% of the original bright fire blue finish still visible.
The Locking Bolt or Takedown Lever retains 95% of its original straw finish. The front arm on the Bolt has the matching partial serial number “30.” There is almost no wear on the diamond points on the Bolt’s thumb catch.
The Hold Open Latch still retains 99% of its original blued finish and has the matching partial serial number “30” stamped on the top flat. The Hold Open Latch Spring remains in the white.
The Barrel and Receiver (also known as the barrel extension) retain 98% of the original salt blue finish with almost no wear noted on the barrel, and with only very minor wear along the high points of the receiver. The interior surfaces of the receiver remain correctly in the white. The original Front Sight is present and retains the vast majority of its original blued finish. The front sight is staked into the sight base and both marks align. The muzzle exhibits its original crown and shows wear all along the crown’s edge. The rear, left side of the Barrel has the acceptance stamp “WI154,” and the right side has the early Type I Test Fire Proof eagle. The bore still shows strong rifling and is shiny with only minor frosting in the grooves. The breech end of the barrel remains correctly in the white. The bottom, rear of the Barrel has the matching serial number “3630,” over the bore diameter, “8,82.” The bottom of the barrel has a witness mark that aligns with the corresponding witness mark on the bottom of the Receiver. Just to the rear of the witness mark on the receiver is a “1” stamp.
The left side of the Receiver has the full serial number “3630,” stamped just forward of the Sear Bar. The Sear Bar has the matching partial serial number “30” stamped on the rear portion. The Sear Bar Spring retains the majority of its original blued finish with all of the original fire blue finish visible. The left side of the Receiver has the acceptance stamp combination of WI154 and SI92 “I” Beam stamps followed by the Type I Test Fire Proof eagle. The Ejector retains 95% of the original straw finish. The bottom lug on the Receiver has the acceptance stamp droop eagle over “154” mark. The top of the chamber has the crisply stamped serif “G” date stamp.
The Breechblock retains 99% of the original salt blue finish and has the matching partial serial number “30” below the Type 2 Test Fire Proof eagle. The Breech face exhibits virtually no wear from firing. The Extractor also shows virtually no wear on the case ramp, and it retains all of its original blue on the top flat, which has the matching partial serial number “30.” The left side of the Extractor, which is correctly in the white, has the “GELADEN” or loaded stamp. The Center Toggle Link has the correct large, sans serif “S/42” toggle code with the closed-top “4”. The rear of the Center Toggle Link has the matching partial serial number “30” stamped perpendicular to the barrel. The Center Toggle Link retains 99% of the original blued finish. The underside of the center link has a small “o” stamp and a sans serif “Z” stamp. The Rear Toggle Link has the matching partial serial number “30” on the back ramp and it retains 99% of the original blued finish. The underside of the rear toggle link has a sans serif “P” stamp. The Coupling Link remains in the white. The Toggle Pin has the matching partial serial number “30” on the large end and it retains 90% of the beautiful bright fire blue finish. The rear, open face of the breechblock has a sans serif “K” stamp.
The grooved Firing Pin is serial number matching with “30” stamped on the side, and it remains in the white with virtually no wear at all. The Firing Pin Spring has 19 coils and remains in the white. The Firing Pin Spring Retainer remains in the white.
The Side Plate has the matching partial serial number “30” on the front. The Side Plate retains 95% of its original blued finish with wear on the high edges and light frosting marks on the sear hump and face. The Sear Lever and the sear lever pin retain the vast majority of its original blued finish.
The original Walnut Grips exhibit virtually no wear or flattening to the diamond checkering. The vast majority of “G” Date Lugers did not have serial numbered grip panels, and these panels are not numbered. There are no cracks noted on either grip panel. Both grip panels are very tight to the frame when installed. Both Grip Panel Screws are present, and both retain the majority of their original bright fire blued finish that is fading toward the slot, and both single-slots are unmarred.
The “G” Date Luger comes with its original, matching magazine. This magazine is rolled tin, crimped, nickel-plated with a solid aluminum base pinned to the magazine body. The base is marked with the matching serial number “3630 / b,” and it has the droop-winged eagle over “154” stamp. The loading assist button still retains considerable nickel plating. The Follower is still polished. The magazine functions perfectly.
This Luger also comes with an original and very good condition black leather holster. The leather is in very good condition throughout with the exception of two small gouges in the leather on the bottom, front portion. All of the original stitching remains intact. The closure strap and buckle assembly are intact as are both sewn leather belt loops. The internal tool compartment is in fine condition, but no tool is present. The extra magazine pouch, which is integral to the holster, remains tightly stitched. The back of the holster is crisply stamped with the manufacturer, “GEBRUDER LINGE” and the location, “DRESDEN” over the date “1936,” and the old imperial eagle and Waffenamt “WaA142” stamp.
This is an excellent example of an all matching, very early and rare “G” date Mauser Luger from 1935 along with an original Luger holster. This Luger still functions perfectly.