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i have an efurt rework,started as a L08. CUT FOR BOTH MAG AND SEAR SAFTIES.HAS 2 MATCHING H S MAGS UNIT MARKED MA536.DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT MA STANDS FOR? THANKS,KENY941
 

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If your Erfurt Luger is any date other than 1914, it was not an Artillery model. Beginning in late 1916, all Erfurt Lugers were to have the notch for the Artillery rear sight cut into the receiver. Most were, but not all. The ONLY year Erfurt made the Artillery model was 1914. All other-year Artillery models will be DWM.

Is the "MA536" on the pistol or the mags? I can't tell from your post.
 

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Ken, MA536 doesn't corrolate with anything in the book Weimar Lugers. This doesn't mean that it isn't a Weimar Police marking, but simply that no one has found information to translate what it is. It is possible Klaus or someone else may know. Are there any periods or anything, or simply MA and the numbers?

Can you provide pictures, sides, top of gun, etc.?

It is possible it is an actualy unit marking, and not a police marking, but usually you see unit marks taken off.

The mag and sear safety were added during the Nazi era, so the police / unit markings could be from WW1, Weimar and Nazi police markings. More than likely they are Weimar markings.

Can you provide more information? Were you told it was an Erfurt rework?

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keny,

If there are any periods between the letters or numbers in the unit mark they are very important. The relative sizes of the numbers are important, as well.

Görtz & Bryans lists an Imperial unit mark M.A. as Militär-Betreib-Abteilung (Military Operations Detachment or Section) Railway Unit.

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"M.A." is also a Naval Fortress Unit marking. That's why it would be nice to see pictures or get a better description of the markings and location.
 
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