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Thread: Czechoslovakian stamped 1942 byf Luger?

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    Default Czechoslovakian stamped 1942 byf Luger?

    Greetings - I saw this Luger, it's a 1942 byf with a star on the barrel.

    What do you make of the star?

    On page 156 of Costanza's Proof Marks book, I see a star stamp that says "end of byf run".

    On page 164, a star stamp that says "Czechoslovakian"

    See attached pics.

    What do you think?

    cheers - Richard
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    If you type the word asterisk in the search box above you can find several discussions on the subject. Many collectors think it is a rejection stamp, so the barrel was then sent back for corrections. I have a 1940-42 with the same asterisk. It wasn't fully stamped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tharpo View Post
    If you type the word asterisk in the search box above you can find several discussions on the subject. Many collectors think it is a rejection stamp, so the barrel was then sent back for corrections. I have a 1940-42 with the same asterisk. It wasn't fully stamped.
    Greetings Tom - thanks for the quick reply. To my eyes (squinting, to be sure), your star stamp looks a bit different than the one I posted. Yours looks like it has a round 'hole' in the middle.

    What do you think?

    Richard

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    They look close to me. Different years?
    Here are some more discussions
    https://luger.gunboards.com/showthre...light=asterisk
    https://luger.gunboards.com/showthre...light=asterisk
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    I have the same exact stamp, as Tom's, on my 1942 byf Luger, that came with Bakelite grip panels and an fxo/E37/P08 Bakelite based magazine...the Luger is in the "L" block, which is the last block of Mauser Lugers that went to equipping the German "Heer"...per the book "The Mauser Parabellum" by Hallock & van de Kant...

    I also thought this stamp meant "end of production run"...my stamp also has the small hole showing in the center of the "burst"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tharpo View Post
    They look close to me. Different years?
    Yes, I see what you mean - I guess each one is 'different' but not in any real way. Thanks for clarifying, Tom.

    cheers - Richard

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    These asterisks also appear on P38's. They are kind of a a mystery.
    http://forums.p38forum.com/forums/sh...light=asterisk
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    I always thought they indicated a repairable defect on that part, and once repaired and passed inspection, the final stamp indicated acceptance. Some makers had more repairs needed than other makers (eg Spreewerk), perhaps a reflection of training levels not fully achieved with their machinists?

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    It would not surprise me if Mauser used former rejects in the last batch of HWa contract pistols. They had difficulties getting P38 production going and tried to compensate with whatever was still in storage.

    The Mauser clear out sale P08
    These star marks ought to be present on the Portuguese M943 pistols, as they were from the same batch if this is correct.

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    Two more examples of asterisks on P.08 Mausers: 41 byf q suffix, 42 byf c suffix.
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