These arms are in every way the counterparts of the earlier Lugers made by Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken whose facilities were taken over by Mauser after World War I.
Until 1937, Mauser manufactured these pistols only in the 7.65 mm (.30) Parabellum or Luger type. No legal manufacture of any caliber larger than this was permitted in Germany under the Treaty of Versailles rules, during that period. Mauser pistols of this time made on the Luger design have 3.75 inch barrel, 8.25 inch overall length, and magazine capacity of 8 cartridges. In 1937, Mauser provided these pistols with wooden stock similar in design to those furnished with the Mauser Military Pistols. These stocks were hollow and were used to carry the pistol when not in use. The pistol could be attached by a mortise through the forward end of the stock and used as a carbine. This model had a barrel about 8 inches long.
As the war approached, Mauser again manufactured standard Luger pistols of 9 mm caliber with 4-inch barrels. Luger pistols manufactured during World War II for the German Government by Mauser may be identified by the date and by the code stamp "byf".
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