You are using an outdated browser. For a faster, safer browsing experience, upgrade for free today.
Antique Military Firearms
  • Your shopping cart is empty!

This is a very fine and all matching Mauser “G” Date Luger from 1935 with the droop eagle / 63 / droop eagle / 63 acceptance stamps, which was first used on G Date Lugers in the e-prefix serial number range.  The serial number on this “G” Date Luger is 8712e. 

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 serialize 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 double droop eagle over 63 stamps, which are found on all “G” Date Lugers from the e-suffix until the end of “G” Date production at about 6438g.

The Frame on this “G” Date Luger exhibits 98% plus of its original and beautiful rust blue finish with the only wear noted on the high points. The Safety Bar has the partial matching serial number “12” on the top portion and it remains in the white. The Safety Lever retains 70% of the original, slightly fading straw finish and the top portion of the Safety Lever has the matching partial serial number “12.” All of the original white paint in the “GESICHERT” recess remains.  The Mainspring retains all of its original straw finish, and the Mainspring Guide retains the majority of its original blued finish. The full serial number “8712/e” 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.  There are slight scratches on the front grip strap, but the majority of the original blued finish remains.  There is some thinning to the back strap but most of the original blued finish remains. 

The Trigger retains 98% of its original straw finish. The matching partial serial number “12” is stamped on the top, left side. The Trigger Spring remains correctly in the white and has 6 coils.  The Magazine Catch retains 99% 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 98% of its original straw finish. The front arm on the Bolt has the matching partial serial number “12.” 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 “12” stamped on the top flat. The Hold Open Latch Spring retains most of its original heat tempered finish. 

The Barrel and Receiver retain 98% of the original salt blue finish with minor wear noted near the muzzle, minor scratches on the barrel itself, and with only very minor wear along the high points of the receiver. 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 left rear side of the Barrel has the acceptance stamp droop eagle over “63,” and the right side has the early Type I Test Fire Proof eagle. The bore still shows strong rifling and a very shiny appearance with frosting in the grooves. The bottom, rear of the Barrel has the serial number “8712,” 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 serif “P” and a “7” stamp.  The Breach portion of the barrel remains in the white. 

The left side of the Receiver, also known as the Barrel Extension, has the full serial number “8712,” stamped just forward of the Sear Bar. The Sear Bar has the matching partial serial number “12” stamped on the rear portion. The Sear Bar Spring retains the majority of its original blued finish with most of the original fire blue finish visible. The left side of the Receiver has the acceptance stamp combination of two droop eagle over “63” stamps followed by the early Type I Test Fire Proof Eagle stamp.  The Ejector retains 95% of the original straw finish.  The bottom lug on the Receiver has the acceptance stamp droop eagle over “63” mark.  The top of the chamber has the crisply stamped serif “G” date stamp.

The Breechblock retains 98% of the original salt blue finish and has the matching partial serial number “12” 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 “12.” 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 “12” stamped perpendicular to the barrel. The Center Toggle Link retains 99% of the original blued finish. The Rear Toggle Link has the matching partial serial number “12” on the back ramp and it retains 99% of the original blued finish. The Coupling Link remains in the white. Both the Center Toggle Pin and Coupling Link Pin retain virtually all of their original fire blue finish.  The Toggle Pin has the matching partial serial number “12” on the large end and it retains 95% of the beautiful bright fire blue finish. 

The grooved Firing Pin has the matching partial serial number “12” on the body 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 “12” on the front. The Side Plate retains 90% of its original blued finish with wear on the high edges and on the sear bolster.  The Sear Lever remains in the white and the sear lever pin retains the vast majority of its original blued finish. 

The original Walnut Grips are in very fine condition and exhibit only very minor wear or flattening to the diamond checkering. The vast majority of “G” Date Lugers did not have serial numbered grip panels.  The left panel has a sans serif “E,” and “O” stamp, and an eagle/658 Waffenamt, and the right panel has a serif “W” stamp, and an eagle/658 Waffenamt stamp.  Both grip panels are very tight to the frame when installed.  Both Grip Panel Screws are present, and both retain 99% plus of their original bright fire blued finish and both single-slots are unmarred.

The “G” Date Luger comes with original Mauser marked German military magazine.  This magazine has a rolled tin, crimped, blued body with a solid aluminum base pinned to the magazine body.  The body retains 90% of its original blued finish.  The base is marked with a serial number “3166/t” over a “+” extra magazine stamp over the Mauser stick eagle over “63” stamp. The loading assist button and the follower both still retain most of the original blued finish.

This is a very fine example of an all matching, very early and extremely rare “G” date Mauser Luger from 1935.