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1908 DWM Lugers (often referred to as first issues) are reported in the 1 to 4828b serial range and were manufactured without chamber date, hold open, stock lug, and with commercial style (hidden)serial placement. About 25,000 were manufactured in 1908 and1909. About 25 percent are unit marked.

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Figure 1. Left slant view of 1908 DWM, serial number 6747. The serial number placement is hidden (commercial style).

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Figure 2. Top of 1908 DWM, serial number 6747.

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Figure 3. Right side of 1908 DWM, serial number 6747. According to a May 6,1913 directive all P08's in service without a hold open were to have the hold open retrofitted. This was accomplished by Erfurt. A small crown / P indicates a hold open was retrofitting to this Luger. The end of the pin placed to retain the hold open is properly in the white.

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Figure 4. Left receiver and barrel of 1908 DWM, serial number 6747. Only the 1908 Variation has the two acceptance stamps and test proof on the left receiver (an exception is the 1906 model German test).

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Figure 5. Front of frame and bottom of barrel of 1908 DWM, serial number 6747.

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Figure 6. Front, 1908 DWM, serial number 6747, showing unit markings. The battle history of this Luger is contained in this same section under BATTLE HISTORY OF THE R.I.R.72.
For more photographs and information on the Reserve Infantry Regiment 72 and its Lugers see:
Under the section1900-1918: P.08-Army Lugers see: “1908 DWM, COMMERCIAL ARMY, R.I.R.72.M.G.”
Under the section1900-1918: Long P.08-Artillery Lugers see: “1917 LP08 MINENWERFER”
Under the section 1900-1918: Luger Unit Markings see “FOUR R.J.R.72. LUGERS”.

Hi Jan , I have found a luger with s/n 6733 in the water (bad condition)in the netherlands and was interesting about its age .
was my luger also in the Reserve Infantry Regiment 72 ?
greetings Ger

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Ger, just by a serial number, it is impossible to tell if it is a cousin to this gun. The reason is that most lugers were made in groups of 10,000 so it could be from many other years. Can you read any inscriptions of dates on the top? That would make a large difference in when and who made it...

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