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Unread 01-17-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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Bought this today at a gun shop. Marked as a 1920 DWM Luger.

I am a rookie when it comes to Lugers, but I noticed a few things.

The serial number is 4723, and 23 appears stamped on many areas of the gun. The only parts without the 23 are the grips and the sear bar, which has a crossed out 19 and 23 next to it.

This model has the sear safety, I have heard this is a police requirement, but I do not have much knowledge otherwise.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Excited to reload for it and shoot it!!

I cannot get a tiny enough image to upload, so here is a link to my google drive with a bunch of images!

https://drive.google.com/folderview?...UE&usp=sharing

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Looks like a dandy gun for the money. You have a piece from the very first German Army contract. Its collector nomenclature is "1908 First Issue" and probably made in early 1909. Is there a small letter under the serial number on the front of the frame? If so, that is part of the serial number.
As you have already determined, it was later modified for police use, so in addition to having the sear safety added some of the parts were changed and/or renumbered.
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Unread 01-17-2016, 07:53 PM   #3
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Thank you! This is actually my second luger, my first was a parts gun. Let's call this my first REAL Luger

No numbers under the serial, just a DWM proof mark, along with two other, what I assume to be, proof marks or maybe gothic characters.
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Unread 01-17-2016, 07:54 PM   #4
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I have pictures under the google drive link I put in my original post. Kept them higher resolution by leaving them on there
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Interesting - if the part had been modified at the police armory, it would have been replaced. So, normally I would say its been replaced post war - I have never seen one 'struck' out like this - also, the sear lever is not shown, so assume its marked correctly, its the sear that is numbered; twice?
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Unread 01-17-2016, 08:07 PM   #6
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This is the side of mine:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0Z...ew?usp=sharing
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My first Luger actually is a parts gun too (an Erfurt 1914). My second one I gave to my brother when I aquired my .30 Luger. Welcome to the forum!
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Thanks for the welcome! Glad to be here!
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Welcome, you are at a good place.

But please, post your pictures on this forums server. Many of us will not go to third party sites to
see pictures for a couple of reasons, one- it is an extra step and helps us old guys get confused, and second-bad things can reside at hosting sites, like annoying pop ups.

Thus many of us are in the dark and can't comment on your luger.
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Sorry, unfortunately with the site's restriction of ~156KB, I am unable to post because most of my images are 7-10MB
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Google drive is a legit and trusted source to host pictures on, hence, why I used this and not a 3rd party source such as photobucket, where you would receive ads/crap
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Sorry, unfortunately with the site's restriction of ~156KB, I am unable to post because most of my images are 7-10MB
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you could resize them, but whatever trips your hammer.

I resize most everything I post, that way folks here can see them and comment, and they will be available as long as the site is.

Links to external sources do disappear; I see your post that "google" is trusted, but still not convenient, JMHO.

Just trying to help you get the most info available on your questions.
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Man. You stole it. Congrats on a good buy. That is one to preserve.
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Congratulations on your fist Luger!
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Why reload for it? Just use WWB. And if you do reload, I suggest not testing a load in the Luger. If it turns out to be too hot, you could break something.
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