Checked off a bucket list gun this week- a nice condition wartime Luger P08, in particular the 'Black Widow'. Of course the term 'Black Widow' is an American moniker given years ago to market the late wartime Lugers with the dark chemical blue (rather than rust blue), black bakelite grips, and black plastic magazine bottom. I had stopped by Pack and Postal for the usual check for K31's, Swedish Mausers, etc. and happened to see the Mauser BYF 42 hanging on the wall. Took it up front to Joe and he proceeded to tell me everything about it while disassembling and reassembling. Joe really is a walking gun encyclopedia, but he also pulled a couple reference books to show additional info on the BYF 41's and 42's. The bluing showed barely any wear at all, with the only light spots on the edges of the muzzle and the raised 'lug' on the side plate. There is a little wear to the lower edge of the grips too- basically whatever would rub when laying on its side. It has been fired, but very, very little. There are a couple light scratches on the trigger guard, but essentially zero wear on the front and back of the grip. All marked parts match, inside and out. As best as could be determined, it appears to be completely unmolested. The condition was nice enough that I had incorrectly assumed it to have been refinished. Joe set me straight how to verify it had not. I didn't buy it on the spot but came back later after researching a little. Very fair price (don't ask) vs. what the 'Black Widows' were actually selling for on GB and elsewhere. Couldn't find my good camera and had to settle for taking pics with the phone camera set to flash, which highlights every speck of dust and oil and creates a lot of glare. I'll try to take better pics later, but these will do for now: [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] [/URL][/IMG] I will shoot it every once in a while, but this will be the closest to a true safe queen that I have. Range report to follow .