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Erfurt Lugers were manufactured from 1911 to 1918 by the Prussian Government owned Erfurt Arms Factory for the Imperial German Army. During 1912 Erfurt manufactured 21,000 Lugers in the 62 to 866b serial range. These were manufactured without hold open or stock lug. Unit markings are reported on about 10 percent of these Lugers.

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Figure 1. The 1912 Erfurt shown above bears serial number 3485. All Erfurt’s bear military style serial number placement (exposed) and Crown/gothic letter acceptance stamps on all parts (except springs).

The barrel of this Luger bears the Crown/RC stamp on its left side. This indicates that the barrel has a defect that is not significant to the proper functioning of the assembled Luger. The senior inspector has stamped the barrel with a Cown/RC. This stamp is to clear the inspector of future liability. Note: double click to see largest photograph.

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Figure 2. Top of 1912 Erfurt, serial number 3485.

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Figure 3. 1912 Erfurt, serial number 3485, right side. This Luger is Bavarian unit stamped. A hold open has not been added. According to a May 6,1913 directive all P08's in service without a hold open were to have the hold open retrofitted by Erfurt. Examined of numerous Bavarian unit marked Lugers indicates that all those that lacked the hold open at manufacture did not have it added. Apparently World War I started before the Bavarian’s had time to have the hold open added to their Lugers. Once the war started the troops and Lugers were scattered in battles on two fronts in a dozen countries and the hold opens were never added.

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Figure 4. Right receiver and barrel of 1912 Erfurt, serial number 3485. It bears three Crown/gothic letter acceptance stamps and a test proof on the right receiver and a test proof on its right barrel.

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Figure 5. Front of frame and bottom of barrel, of 1912 Erfurt, serial number 3485. This Erfurt displays a well formed halo around the 8,82 digits of the barrel gauge.

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Figure 6. The grips bear the crown/gothic letter stamp and last two digits of the Lugers serial number, 85. Erfurt’s left the factory with matching grips.

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Figure 7. Front of 1912 Erfurt, serial number 3485. It is unit stamped B.1.R.M.G.21. and was issued to the Bavarian 1st Infantry Regiment Machine Gun Company.

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Figure 8. 1912 Erfurt, serial number 3485, with its 1912 dated Bavarian manufactured holster marked to the Bavarian 1st Infantry Regiment .

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Figure 9. Holster back.

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Figure 10. Open holster showing the magazine and tool compartments. The tool is in the white and C/gothic letter stamped, proper for an Erfurt.

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Figure 11. Manufacturers hallmark AWM/16/12 on front of holster: AWM /16 /12 signifies: Artillery Workshop Munchen 1912.

The holster unit stamps are as follows: 1.I.R. signifies: First Infantry -Regiment and the I.B. signifies: I Battalion. The significance of the 2 C is not clear (2 Company?).

GO TO: 1900-1918 LUGER UNIT MARKINGS AND HISTORY, click the link below.
2/2, BATTLE HISTORY, 1912 ERF., B.1.R.M.G.21. Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3540
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