57. Mauser P.08 Luger Pistol with Imperial Japanese Markings

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serial #7255c, 9 mm, 4" barrel with an about excellent bore which shows bright crisp rifling but the tiniest amount of frosting within the grooves. The metal surfaces of this interesting pistol retain about 97-98% original blue, the loss is some very light high edge and muzzle wear with some light drifting to plum on the rear face of the frame. All of the numbered parts are matching including the grooved firing pin and the toggle is "42" marked with the chamber showing a 1940 date. Just ahead of the 1940 date is a Japanese chrysanthemum, the barrel ahead of this shows kanji characters, these markings being extremely nicely etched rather than stamped showing appropriate oxidation within and clearly done during the period of use. The checkered walnut grips rate very good plus showing some minor compression or flaking of the points, they are stamp-numbered to the gun on their interior; the right grip is very slightly loose, an extremely minor issue. Included the gun is a matching aluminum-based Schmeisser Haenel magazine which is Waffenamt 655 marked. While there has been a good deal of controversy about these Japanese-marked Lugers, an identical gun was recently sold from the famous Geoffrey Sturgis collection in 2014, catalogued by one of the leading Luger authorities in the United States, lending credence to their authenticity. Overall a very interesting gun, further research may prove the true pedigree of these Japanese-marked Mauser-made P.08 pistols. (38050-131) {C&R} (2000/4000) SOLD FOR $4,312.50

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