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Due to the serial number I belive this maybe a 1914 Commercial. The numbers ranged from 71500-73500. If so their were only 2000 estimated total made. The 1908 Commercial had a serial number range of 39000-71500. Estimated total 9,000 made. What has me confused a bit is the suffix that goes with the serial numbers on the pistol. You normally see this on military Lugers. My guess DWM had a lot of parts laying around to make their commercial Lugers. Also the 1923 Commercial serial numbers ranged from 73500-96000. Another factor if this is a 1914 the proof mark on the receiver should be horizontal not vertical. With all the Luger variations out their. I'm beginning to think this is not a exact science.

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Is a 1914 the proof mark on the receiver should be horizontal not vertical. With all of the variations of Lugers out their. I'm begining to think it's not a exact science.
 

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Hi Dow,
* What S/N do you believe to be on this pistol?? I think I only see the S/N "7316 k" on the frame and the barrel. Am I not seeing something in the pictures?
* If a "k" block, this configuration would fit the classic 1920 DWM S/N range. Vertical commercial Crown/N nitro proof mark would be correct.
* These are now known as the "Alphabet DWM's". Jan Still's, Weimar Lugers, Pg. 15, Table 1b suggests this pistol was made in 1922.
* "Germany" marking on the frame would indicate DWM made/prepared this pistol for export from Germany. Likely went to the USA market in mid to late 1922.
* While not mentioned, is this pistol in 7.65mm caliber(30 Luger)?
* Trust this helps.
 

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RockinWR,
I think what confused me was the k on this pistol. I think on this one, the Weimar Republic was cash poor from the beginning and scrambled to find anything exportable. Also it's in 9mm. Thanks for the reply.
 
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