Analysis of a Million Luger Pistols
By Don R. Hallock and Joop van de Kant
704 pages on A4 format 110 gram MC paper.
Hardcover, 1.200 full color pictures.
Early 1930, due to a reorganization of the German DWM arms
conglomerate, the production of the famous Parabellum pistol
went to Mauser Werke A.G. in Oberndorf. During the first few
years sales were very low, Mauser had received enough spare
parts from DWM to assemble all pistols needed.
When the Nazis took power, things changed quickly. As from
April 1934, Mauser received the exclusive right to produce the
P.08 pistol for the German Army, Navy and Police. At the end
of 1942, when the P.08 was eventually replaced by Walther P.38,
almost one million Luger pistols had left the Mauser factory.
This book describes in great detail Mausers methods of production
and the various proof- and acceptance stamps which were applied
by the German Army and Police. Between 1930 and 1940 Mauser
sold also some 11.500 Parabellum pistols to armed forces in eight
countries. Each of these contracts have a chapter in this book,giving
not only the properties of the pistols, but also a short historical
background. A final chapter is dedicated to the production of 3.000
pistols under control of the French Army in 1945 To 46.
The authors could lay hands on hundreds of yet unpublished
documents, such as handwritten notes from August Weiss
foreman of the DWM and Mauser pistol production and many
of Mausers sales and stock statistics that were previously believed
to be lost.
This book is a tutorial for the starting collector. It has also many new
facts and evidence for the dedicated advanced collector of Mausers
Luger pistols. A must-have for the Parabellum student.
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