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The Pistole Parabellum —or Parabellum-Pistole Pistol Parabellumcommonly known as just Luger  —is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol that was produced in several models and by several nations from to The P.
The pistol has been used in fictional works by many villainous characters over the past several decades because of its association with Nazi Germany. The Luger has a toggle-lock action that uses a jointed arm to lock, as opposed to the slide actions of many other semi-automatic pistols. The toggle strikes a cam built into the frame, causing the knee joint to hinge and the toggle and breech assembly to unlock.
The barrel strikes the frame and stops its rearward movement, but the toggle assembly continues moving, bending the knee joint, extracting the spent casing from the chamber, and ejecting it.
The toggle and breech assembly then travel forward under spring tension and the next round is loaded from the magazine into the chamber. The entire sequence occurs in a fraction of a second and contributes to the mud-resistance  of the pistol.
This mechanism works well for higher-pressure cartridges, but cartridges loaded to a lower pressure can cause the pistol to malfunction because they do not generate enough recoil to work the action fully. This results in the breech block either not clearing the top cartridge of the magazine or becoming jammed open on the cartridge's base. Submachine guns were found to be effective in trench warfare during World War I, and experiments were conducted to convert various types of pistols to fully automatic machine pistols, including the P The Luger proved to have an excessive rate of fire in full-automatic mode, however, as did the Mauser C Luger pistols were manufactured in Germany and Switzerland to very close tolerances and exacting standards using the highest quality materials of the day, and original pistols were known for having a long service life.
Assembling the gun using a sideplate from another pistol, for example, may prevent the sear from working, making the pistol inoperable. The Luger barrel, which was rigidly fixed to the barrel extension and carried the front sight, provided excellent accuracy.
A number of countries purchased the Model Parabellum in 7. Board of Ordnance purchased 1, Model Parabellum pistols with 4. Army for field testing, with the remainder to the light artillery and officers at West Point.ASO 10/31/15 World's Largest Largest Luger Collection
Army officials purchased another 50 Model Parabellum pistols with 4-inch barrels, again in 7. Commercial models of the Model were exported in quantity as well. In the U. Model pistols shipped to the U. After testing, the Swiss Army adopted the Model on April 4, in 7. Commencing inthese Model Parabellum pistols were manufactured and assembled at Waffenfabrik BernSwitzerland. The Modelwith its shortened 4-inch barrel, was the first Parabellum pistol to be offered in 9x19mm Parabellum caliber, along with a change from four-groove to six-groove rifling.
This version was also referred to as the "Marine Modell " or, more colloquially in the US as the "navy Luger". Georg Luger introduced a new version of the Parabellum pistol inwhich would become known as the Model or New Model Neues Modell. This latest version of the Parabellum replaced the old flat laminated main spring with a new, more reliable coil design. Bythe United States evaluated several domestic and foreign-made semi-automatic pistols, including the Colt MSteyr Mannlicher Mand an entry from Mauser.
By this time, numerous adverse combat reports of insufficient stopping power of the Army's Colt. Army personnel obtained from the Thompson—LaGarde Tests resulted in a requirement for a military handgun in. In andthe U. Army held trials for a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which constituted the fourth and final evaluation of the Luger or Parabellum pistol design by U.Participation Requirements: Valid Credit Card required for bidding approval.
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Do you sell each of the guns individually? We sell the items in the lot as a lot. The estimated value on the lot is for all the items within that lot. Skip To Content Press Enter Catalog Search. Account Login Create a New Account. You have either logged in somewhere else or your session has expired. Please reload the page and login again. Go to Catalog. Got One to Sell? Add To Wish List. Text Reminder. Open Fullscreen. Item Views. This is an excellent example of an early production luger that was manufactured by the Mauser factory with the rust blue finish and straw colored small parts.
Although a standard production model, this series of luger is very difficult to find in original unaltered condition as they saw considerable use during the early pre-war years and many thousand went into Russia in and never returned. The left side of the breechblock also has the single eagle firing proof.
The matching serial number is marked on the front of the frame with letter suffixbottom of the barrel and on the left side of the barrel extension.
The partial number "11" is marked on most of the small components. The grips are also excellent with a few scattered minor dings and nicks, and sharp checkering.
The markings are clear and crisp.NOTE: Photographs taken today with the high mega-pixel camera show more than we sometimes can see with the human eye. Magnified close-ups show us tool marks and natural surface conditions that one normally doesn't see in the ordinary handling of the weapon.
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Serial number placement is in the military "exposed" style. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen. Along with the hole in the stock lug which was machined into all Mauser made grips we can see this was truly a Mauser produced gun.
Pasted on walls in lieu of internet presentations they were the communicator of their time. Much like our current political class that believes yard signs, posters, and money can sway public opinion the Nazi's used wall posters. The fxo on the magazine tells us that it was manufactured by C.
Haenel Waffen-U- Fahrradfrabrik in the city of Suhl. The Eagle 37 is the German military acceptance stamp used at the Haenel Factory commonly called the Waffenamt. The loading tool is blank. Very hard to bring all these matching items together in an original proofed rig. To conceal production a series of codes to conceal production from the Allies. The Mauser Logo in the traditional barrel or Banner design was used for commercial guns so to licensed individuals.
Towards the end of Parabellum production commercial Luger's were sold to the military and mostly SS and special government offices. This Luger has a almost deep blue, commercial color to it. It is in very clean condition and an exceptionally fine piece. ABOVE: On the left we can see the four digit serial number is marked under the barrel and on the side of the receiver with the last two digits on the locking lever and side plate. Above Right with the side plate removed we can see the last two digits of the serial number on the trigger.
The most distinctive feature of these pistols is undoubtedly the toggle-lock mechanism, which holds the breech closed by locking in a manner not unlike the human knee, which can sustain a heavy weight when straight, but once bent is quite easy to continue to bend.
The toggle joint in its straight position resists the rearward force of the detonating cartridge, then "buckles" after enough time has passed. When a round is fired the entire breech, barrel and toggle move straight rearward on rails until the toggle begins to ride up on a pair of cams that "breaks" the toggle makes it bend at the joint.
Once the toggle joint is no longer straight, it bends freely, allowing the bolt to come rearward, and the striker to be cocked. A new round is stripped from the magazine and chambered as the toggle is driven back to the straight position by the spring. A close-up of the "Geladen" on the extractor which when a bullet is in the chamber extrudes above the breach block telling the shooter the gun is "Loaded" both visually and tactilely.
Also you can see the short sear behind the side plate that is numbered to the gun "56".
The right arrow points to the Eagle with the Swastika Waffenamt acceptance proof. Many people refer to the late Waffenamt Eagle w.
Swastika as the Nazi Lugers but this was not any attempt to promote Nazism but rather the Eagle Alder adopted as the WWII Nazi Government used the straight wing eagle and you can watch the evolution of proofs as the went from the dropped wing alder of the Weimar period into the straight wing of the Nazi years.
The 42 Code 1st toggle link and the 42 Date over the chamber is a complete anomaly with regular Code 42 production ending in early Mauser was tooling up to produce the P in and to find a Black Widow with a 42 date and Code 42 can only result from the use of all remaining parts for the end of production runs. In any case this is a rare out of sequence Parabellum makes the owner among a select few of Black Widows.
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Has a stock lug, blank chamber area and marked extractor and safety. Early example of Mauser Luger. Front toggle link is still marked DWM.
Leftover parts were intermixed with new Mauser parts in production of this pistol. One of the first Lugers to be finished with "Salt" blue process. Approximately manufactured with one- to four-digit serial numbers, with letter "v" suffix. A rare variation. NIB Exc V. No stock lug, but has a grip safety. Swiss Cross in Sunburst stamped above chamber. Extractor and safety marked in German. Front toggle link marked with Mauser banner.
Approximately manufactured for commercial sale in Switzerland. Variation is very well finished. Serial numbers are all four-digits with a "v" suffix. Extractor marked "Carregada"; safety "Seguranca". Mauser banner stamped on front toggle link. Exactly manufactured according to original contract records that Portuguese government made public. All have four-digit serial numbers with a "v" suffix.
Lot 389: Nazi 1936 Date Mauser 'S/42' Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol
Has a stock lug and chamber area is blank. Extractor and safety are marked. Finish on this pistol was very good. Grips are checkered walnut or black plastic on later models.
Few thousand manufactured for commercial sales in and outside of Germany. Has a stock lug. First Luger that utilized codes to represent maker and date of manufacture. Chamber area stamped with letter "K" code for year of manufacture.
As above, with chamber stamped "G" code for year Gothic lettering was eliminated. Many thousands of this model produced. Chamber area dated This Luger is a toggle locked, recoil operated, semi-automatic pistol that is chambered in 9mm Parabellum. It utilizes an adjustable front blade sight and a fixed V notch rear sight that is located on the rear toggle link. It is fed by a single column 8 round detachable box magazine but it can also be fed by using a 32 round detachable drum. The Luger or more correctly, Parabellum-Pistole, like the ammunition it uses has been given many names.
For simplicity I will refer to them here as Luger. The same holds true with the ammunition that it uses. The Luger on this page was designed to be used with the 9mm Parabellum ammunition. This ammunition was developed by Georg Luger and as you may have guessed, he is responsible for the design of the Luger pistol.
The 9mm Parabellum ammunition is also known as 9 x 19, 9mm, 9mm Luger and so on, but it is not the same round as the 9mm short, 9mm Makarov or 9mm largo for example. When I mention 9mm on this page I am strictly referring to the 9mm Parabellum ammunition that is used in this Luger and which is still in wide use today. The Luger pistol has been manufactured to accept many different rounds, from 9mm to.
The Luger does not use this design but rather it uses a unique toggle-lock action, which utilizes a jointed rocker arm. The barrel and toggle assembly is locked together when a round is fired and then travel rearward due to the force of the recoil.
After this reward motion has traveled about a half an inch the toggle strikes a cam that is built into the pistol frame causing the knee joint to hinge and the toggle and breech assembly to unlock.
At this point the barrel strikes the frame which stops its movement but the toggle and breech assembly continue moving, bending upward at the knee joint and extracting the spent casing from the chamber and ejecting it. The toggle and breech assembly then change direction and start to travel forward under spring tension and the next round from the magazine is loaded into the chamber. This toggle and breech assembly can be seen in the next two pictures below.
While this might sound like a complicated and timely process, the entire sequence occurs in just a fraction of a second. The Luger is also is the only pistol that used an anti-bounce lock which is provided so that the rapidly moving bolt does not bounce back from the breech face on closing and before the mechanical locking system can take affect. This system is common on light machine guns using a reciprocating bolt.
Later, this feature was omitted because obviously, once the breech has closed in a toggle joint design, the over-center mechanical lock has taken place and bounce cannot occur even with the relatively strong return springs.
Some interesting history about the Luger pistol is that it was actually considered for the standard service pistol for the U.Participation Requirements: Valid Credit Card required for bidding approval. Sales Tax: Click here for tax information. We will contact you after the auction to arrange payment and shipping. If there are a lot of absentee bids placed on an item, the item may start at the low estimate or even above the low estimate. The discretion of the starting bid is determined by the auctioneers.
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Go to Catalog. Got One to Sell? Open Fullscreen. Item Views. Item Interest. This was the first year that Germany stopped using the secret letter code markings for the year of manufacture on small arms. This fine example is even more rare in that it was one of the early Police issue Mauser Lugers.
It is estimated that approximately Police Lugers were produced in all with this "g" serial number suffix, with the sear safety bar on top of the side plate. It is numbered in the military fashion with the full serial number stamped on the major components and the last two digits 52 on the various small parts. The grips are checkered walnut. The grips are excellent with nice original distinct checkering on both sides, mixed with some minor handling marks.
The holster is very fine with most of the wear confined to the top area of the flap that has worn off to a brown color and the lower section of the magazine pouch, mixed with general scratches and handling marks from use over the years. The stitching is tight, and the markings are clear and distinct. Click here to see keyboard shortcuts. Exits full screen view for items. Moves to previous lot, or moves to previous image if full screen view is enabled. Moves to next lot, or moves to next image if full screen view is enabled.
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Click here for more information.The Luger P08 pistol, also referred to as the Pistole Parabellum, was first produced in It was designed by Hugo Borchardt but patented by Georg J.
Thanks to its smooth design and telltale curved butt, the Luger remains coveted by collectors. Before having your pistol appraised, you'll need to locate and record all of its serial numbers. Ensure that the Luger is not loaded with a live magazine and that the safety switch, located at the rear left-hand side of the gun, is engaged. Locate and write down the main four-digit serial number on the underside of the barrel, just above the trigger. Find the script letter, which follows the serial number, and record it onto the paper.
The script letter denotes the production series of your Luger. Look at the top of the pistol. Note and record the numerical code just before the start of the exposed barrel. This refers to the Luger's particular make. Brandon Getty began writing professionally inwith columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine.
Lot 452: Scarce German 1936, Dated S/42 Code Police Luger Semi-Automatic
Items you will need Pen Paper Damp cloth. Step 1 Ensure that the Luger is not loaded with a live magazine and that the safety switch, located at the rear left-hand side of the gun, is engaged. Record the frame number, located on the left-hand side of the gun just above the trigger. Take down the slide number, which is just above the beginning of the pistol butt, or handle. About the Author.