Now that I have purchased a 1914 Erfurt I've been busy trying to find out all I can about it. What is puzzling is the production numbers. I don't have the book yet but I'm told Jan Still's book, "Imperial Lugers" states there we're only 7,000 units mfg. in 1914. I have one of Jan Still's books, "The Pistols of Germany and It's Allies In two World Wars" in which he states there were 25,000 Military Lugers made in 1914. Also curious is the lowest observed serial number is 2137 and mine is 668. Comments anyone? Thanks
Vol 1, The Pistols of Germany..., was published in 1982. Production numbers were based on data available at that time. Imperial Lugers was published in 1991 and, as Ed stated, contains updated information based on data not available pre-1982. The lowest reported serial # for a 1914 Erfurt P08 listed in Imperial Lugers at the time the reference was published was Sn 504.
Also consider that there were -two- manufacturers of Military Lugers in 1914 Erfurt and DWM. From "Imperial Lugers" Erfurt's estimated production of standard 4" barrel guns was 7,000; DWMs estimated production was 35,000.
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could
be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Jan C. Still Lugerforums
A community dedicated to Lugers, Central Powers, Axis, Allied and related WW-I and WW-II pistols by their scholars, collectors, owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about the history, technology and extraordinary background associated with these design masterpieces.