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Thread: Mauser 1940 "42" Code Luger, Search for Magazine

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    Default Mauser 1940 "42" Code Luger, Search for Magazine

    Some 20+ years ago, I met a Luger collector by chance, and he sold me this 1940 Mauser "42" military model for $700. Apparently he had upgraded to a nicer piece for this make/year/variant and didn't need this one anymore. I didn't really know what I was doing at the time, but the collector took the time to teach me a few Luger basics. It's admittedly a more common variant, but I was always impressed by the condition. There's a little holster wear on the edges, but it's otherwise very clean. Everything is matching except the magazine, which appears to be a spare with original serial number removed.

    I've always wanted to put the correct magazine on this, but have never found one. This is an "L" series I believe, number 7334. Per my previous post year a few years back, I learned it needed one with 122 E/37 stamped on the side. If anyone has something correct for this pistol, I'd be very appreciative for any leads.

    BTW the bore is pristine, and I have taken this one out shooting a few times over the years. It is definitely my most accurate pistol at the range -- usually one ragged hole at 10 yards. Enjoy!

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    That's a really nice one congrats!

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    Very nice example! You did well.

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    I have two magazines for a 42 coded 1940 dated Luger, both a in the k block. The magazine on the left (8494 k) is marked fxo and the on the right is marked 122 (5597 k +). So I guess your magazine should be marked fxo not 122.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balkslakk View Post
    I have two magazines for a 42 coded 1940 dated Luger, both a in the k block. The magazine on the left (8494 k) is marked fxo and the on the right is marked 122 (5597 k +). So I guess your magazine should be marked fxo not 122.
    I was reading on the forum that the Mauser subcontractor stamp didn't transition from 122 to fxo until late 1941, so my guess would be that the 8494 k suffix fxo magazine probably came from a 1941 Luger. Just a guess of course. The one reference book I have -- Sam Costanzo's "World of Lugers - Proof Marks" -- doesn't go into any great detail on the magazines.

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