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1915/1920 DWM, SN 4598h, COMMANDER’S OFFICE
1915 DWM Lugers are reported in the 220 to 84981 l serial range and were manufactured with a stock lug and hold open. About 105,000 1915 dated P08s were manufactured. Less than 2 percent were unit marked.


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Figure 1. Left slant view of 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k. The serial number placement is exposed (military style). It was manufactured with an unrelieved sear bar. The sear bar was relieved during the Weimar /Nazi Era.


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Figure 2. Top, of 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k. The 1920 stamp was added sometime between August 1920 and April 1921. It is a Reichswehr property stamp applied to identify the Luger as German Army property to prevent theft. Civilians were paid a bounty for turning in their unauthorized weapons to be destroyed. The Army feared the theft of its unmarked Lugers for the bounty (Weimar Lugers page 20-23).


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Figure 3. Right side, 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k. 1915 dated Lugers have a stock lug and were manufactured with a hold open. The inside of the grips bear the last two digits of the Lugers serial number.


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Figure 4. Right receiver and barrel of 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k. It bears full Imperial military proofs. The barrel lacks Imperial proofs.


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Figure 5. Front of frame and bottom of barrel of 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k. The barrel bears the full Luger serial number and 8.82 barrel gauge. Note: the lack of halo around the digits of the barrel serial number. The blue is a more gray color than a typical Imperial DWM Luger. At some point this Luger was refinished.



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Figure 6. Left side details, 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k. The barrel bears an early Nazi Army Test proof and the receiver bears an Su/50 ordnance repair stamp. (Weimar Lugers, page 2 and 3)



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Figure 7. 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k, showing the last two digits of the serial number (98) on the main pin. This number was added to the main pin according to Army orders dated 17 March 1932.


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Figure 8. Front grip strap of 1915 DWM, serial number 4598k, showing the Reichswehr (German Armed Forces) unit stamp. It was applied according to Army orders dated 1 November 1922: Kdtr. Gl. 21.: signifies: Kommandantur Glogau, weapon 21. This translates: commander’s office; garrison headquarters Glogau weapon 21. This mark was later crossed out.
 

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Jan, That is another really neat pistol. And great information. I am assuming this a very scarce unit mark. Have you ever considered publishing a book just on unit marked pistols? If so, I will be first on the list for one.

Ron
 
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