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SN 8. Cal. .45 ACP. Mauser only made a handful of prototype 1912/14 pistols in .45 ACP whose method of operation is very similar to the far smaller 9 mm M1912/14s. This single action, internal hammer pistol uses a vertically dropping wedge at the front of the frame which engages a lug under the slide to delay the blowback action, in conjunction with a spring recoil buffer. It has a serrated slide release in front of the trigger guard and a butt-heel mounted magazine release. This example has a 5″ bbl with a fixed front and a shallow drift adjustable rear sight. The left side of the slide is marked “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER A.-G. OBERNDORD A.N. MAUSER’S PATENT.”. As true for all prototype pistols, there are no proof marks. SN “8” is on the slide in front of the rear sight, back of the tang, in front of the recoil spring guide, under the sideplate, on the horizontal crosspin buffer, and on a variety of other internal parts. Magazine is also matching with “8” applied to lower spine. Fitted with a single piece wraparound grip having a checkered panel on each side and secured with 2 screws. The magazine body, not slotted, is in-the-white with a rust blued split tail floorplate. Major components are rust blued. The recoil spring guide, trigger, extractor and grip screws are fire blued. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Phenomenal restoration retaining virtually reapplied rust blue. Same high condition applies to the fire blued small parts, that have been enhanced with tonal-correct colors, as appropriate to this level of restoration. Bright in-the-white crosspin buffer and slide release. Orig grips, retaining most orig varnish, slightly darkened, with minor checkering losses around retaining screws and scattering of superficial dings. Magazine wall is bright with negligible oxidative change. Rust blued floorplate shows no wear. Bright bore with slightly shallow rifling & minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. One of only 2 M1912s in 45 caliber known to this reviewer. An extraordinary pistol in any condition, well suited for the most advanced collection. 4-53045 (50,000-75,000) – Lot 2232

Auction: Firearms - March 2015
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