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Unread 12-20-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Haven't posted much lately cuz I have little to contribute, but I drop in every day. Now I got a question:

Today I scored an LP.08, DWM 1917, at the Valley Forge (Pennsylvania, USA) gun show. The piece was touted to be all matching, and I paid a little over $2K. And it's beautiful, good blue and straw, good barrel, etc. So I get it home and look it over with the magnifying glass, and I find that the numbers on the two pieces of the rear sight do not match the rest of the gun.

I know, caveat emptor. The dealer is known to be OK and I've bought from him before. I really don't think he deliberately deceived me.

My question: HowPO-ed would YOU be if this happened to you? I started a thread some months ago about an artillery Luger with an unmarked hold-open. The consensus then was that screw it, why let a small flaw keep you from buying an otherwise fine firearm, an excellent addition to my collection?

Well, I passed on that one, but now have this one. Did I screw up? Should I ask for my money back? I assume that, given the excellent quality of the gun, the sight must have been an armorer's repair job, back in the day.

I'll have pics next weekend; daylight saving's time here in the US limits the good sunlight for photography (for us working stiffs).

Please, opinions and ideas welcome. Thanks for reading, I really value the knowledge of the members of this site.

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Unread 12-20-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Well, I bought a 1914 Erfurt LP.08 with a proofed but unnumbered safety, and was happy to get it. I don't think I fuss much about the sights. But it's all up to the individual.

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Unread 12-20-2009, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have a 1914 LP 08 Erfurt with a numbered but unproofed trigger plate. How about that?
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... I find that the numbers on the two pieces of the rear sight do not match the rest of the gun.

My question: HowPO-ed would YOU be if this happened to you?
Not PO'ed at all. Numbers mean little to me. Finish matching, fit, and function are enough. Price sounds maybe a bit high, but we haven't seen it yet.

I have very little remorse about money. Now, the girl I let slip away back in '83...That I feel bad about...

Looking forward to the pics!
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Unread 12-20-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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Bob:

What two pieces of the rear sight are you referring to?

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There are assembly numbers on arty sights that don't match the serial but are still correct.

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Weasel, I collect Artillery pistols but never took an interest in the rear sites untill recently. I sold an Artillery to a good Friend and he discovers that the rear site is mismatched. I talked with George Anderson about this and he says many are. I have yet to find a good reason for this..the mismatched parts are not ones one could expect to take much abuse and break. A strange discovery after all these years!

I have to agree with Fred and Postino..if the rest of the pistol is what I am looking for... a small mismatched part or grip even is not enough to call off an acquisition. Withoug doubt one would prefer ALL the parts to match exactly but these fine pieces of history are becoming more scarce everyday. One must make decisions based on each piece....considering price, rarity, condition etc.

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The rear sight has some wear problems, but these are limited to the slider and the sight blade itself. The small notches in the blade, which keep the slider in place, will wear down over time, causing the slider to move during recoil.

Just consider the rear sight to be a 'wear part' and you'll feel less bad. It wouldn't bother me much. My lovely original 1917 arty with matching stock came with an erfurt proofed hold open and a messed up frame serial (in order to get it registered). I'm still very, very happy with it.
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The rear sight has some wear problems, but these are limited to the slider and the sight blade itself. The small notches in the blade, which keep the slider in place, will wear down over time, causing the slider to move during recoil.
I have an old worn sight blade with 4 "fingers" missing...the sight slides freely over these missing pieces...I was told that was due to the shock of recoil, and that some owners wire/cable-tie their sight sliders in place so as not to break off these "fingers"...
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Correct, the cable tie is a cheap shooting fix that works well.

And it is always a head turner at the range when you pull out a gun that is held together by cable-ties
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Default Wow, thanks for the response!

I like youse guys' attitudes. I feel much better now. Not gonna sweat the sights. And it's very interesting that this seems to occur on other artys as well.

Found one other oddity. The take down lever is numbered on the curved front of the lever, not on the flat side. I've noticed this on other artys too. Any ideas?

Thanks again for the help.

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Unread 12-21-2009, 07:32 PM   #12
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There are assembly numbers on arty sights that don't match the serial but are still correct.
So, are the sight leaf and sight slide of this variation supposed to be numbered to the gun?

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Unread 12-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #13
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The sight slide should be numbered to the gun as that pictured is(31). The number on the base (61) is not normally matched to the serial number. The number on the top of the barrel (613) is related to the whole serial number. This only applies with fine tune sights and DWM's. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with this sight in my opinion.
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Unread 12-29-2009, 09:53 PM   #14
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dissapointed?? You just bought what is considered by many the most beautiful hand gun ever made...
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Quote:
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Correct, the cable tie is a cheap shooting fix that works well.

And it is always a head turner at the range when you pull out a gun that is held together by cable-ties
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I have an old worn sight blade with 4 "fingers" missing...the sight slides freely over these missing pieces...I was told that was due to the shock of recoil, and that some owners wire/cable-tie their sight sliders in place so as not to break off these "fingers"...
I like to share something that I believe works good. I tried the cable tie, velcro, hose clamp and then gave up.
I bought a original new Fine Tune Sight and installed and I was really worried the it was going to get all chewed up too if it continued to jumpe notches.
Then I studied it and studied it and....Bam! I had an idea and so far it is working great.
What I did was I shimed the tiny little spring (beside the checkerd button, right inside the spring cavity) to the tightest possible and that it would still let the slider slide, .020" shim did it. .030" locked up. You have to form the shim to half the circle at one end (with scissors) and straight at the other end. My .020" shim was .155" x .100".
Oh, I also straightened the straight spring, to relieve pressure, to half of the bent height.
Hope this helps others,
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That #7 is font and size mismatch with the rest of the serial number 131
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