MAUSER SCHWARTZ PATENT ZINC ALLOY LUGER

SKU: C28632

$6,000.00 

4080-10

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9mm Luger; good bore, good grips, 4'' barrel, The only known complete surviving example of a Schwartz Pantent zinc alloy experimental Luger pistol, serial number 5. Patented by Johannes Schwartz in May 1938. 1938 date above chamber. S/42 on center toggle link. Horizontal Crown/U next to s/n on left receiver. Number 5 on front of frame. All numbered parts are single digit number 5 except for hold open which is "05". The front of the frame forward of the hold open is cracked through and repaired. Not surprising, as this zinc alloy was found to be only 65% as strong as normal Mauser steel frames. Only the frame is zinc alloy. All other parts are standard Mauser steel parts. Upper safety position has red painted milled recess as opposed to "GESICHERT". A cast in bracing spacer separates the front and rear grip straps under the left grip panel, otherwise the frame casting is near identical to the normal machined steel P.08 frame. Checkered walnut grips. Aluminum bottom Eagle/63 proofed magazine is serial number "1". This gun is featured on page 1692 of "Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols" by Joachim Gortz and Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Also Illustrated in Weavers "Mauser Pistolen", page 225. Provenance: From the collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Condition: Good, retaining about 25% original finish with pitting and corrosion overall. Frame has cracks just forward of takedown lever and on reinforcing bar under left grip. Grips have light wear and original wood grain is visible. Magazine is good with scattered pitting on body and dings on bottom. Bore is strong showing light frost. Mechanically not for use due to damage to the frame. BS C&R/FFL, s/n 5, Catalog Number M-25