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Dear Friends:

On my 1918 DWM Artillery Luger, all numbers are matching. However, I have a question regarding markings on rear sight base. The rear sight has the numbers #39 stamped in three different places, top left front, infront of sight blade and on right side of adjustment.

When the rear sight is all the way up, one can see the base screw. To the right of this screw there is a letter R stamped into the base. To the left of the base screw, the is a number 96 stamped.

Since the sight base is one piece, how or why would it have two different numbers stamped on it?

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

George


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Geo,
The three #'s (39) should be the last two numbers of your serial number. They are on my two Artillery's. The othe letters/numbers I do not know what they are. If those three numbers don't match the serial, it's possible the rear sight was replaced at sometime in it's history.
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Dave
 

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Dear Dave:

Yes, the three stamped #39's are the last two digits of my guns serial number. However, the sight base is one piece and I do not understand why there would be two different numbers stamped on it.

I was wondering if someone's Artillery was marked in a similar manner.

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George
 

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Hi George,

My 1918 DWM Arty has a fixed front & rear sight and the rear one is stamped "67" at two locations locations as you mention about your gun. One on the upper left with the sight down. There is an "R" stamped as well at the lower location in addition to the "67" underneath the sight when it is elevated. "R" is on right side, "67" is on the left side with the upper part of the sight elevated.

"67" are the last 2-digits of my LP-08's serial number.
 

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Dear Pete:

Thanks for confirming the markings on you 1918 Artillery. Perhaps I am missing something or need to clean my reading glasses.

This is my first Artillery so I am not that familiar with this model. Would you agree with the statement that the sight base is made from one piece of steel. If that is the case, how can there be a different number stamped under the sight blade.

Maybe the person who was stamping the guns was not good with numbers. I think I better get my Artillery out of the safe and have another look at it. Maybe the beer is making my eye do funny things and trying to confuse me.

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George
 

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George

I checked my own LP08s looking at the numbers(else than the s.n.) below the sight.I realized there are some marks(numbers+letters) on the frame of the sight base near the screw,and some others inside the sight frame,stamped on the barrel body-flat top(the dove-tail of the sight frame).
Here are some serial numbers and numbers found inside the sight frame (the second ones) + the marks(numbers/letters) near the screw below the sight blade(the third ones) of some LP08s (the mine ones + the guns of 2 collectors-friends):

DWM 1914 #1316 316 nothing
ERFURT 1914 # 50 nothingh nothing(neither the screw is present,and it looks like it has never put in)
ERFURT 1914 # 1966 EC
ERFURT 1914 # 2324 EW (the E letter is updown)

DWM 1915 # 3701 540 B 4
DWM 1915 # 6680 8380 B 3
DWM 1915 # 693 479 C

DWM 1916 # 958a 95 F 9
DWM 1916 # 1510b 510S Y 5

DWM 1917 # 8652a 7252 Y 72
DWM 1917 # 2055b 255 A 2
DWM 1917 # 2668g 6368 63
DWM 1917 # 850g 8850 R 88
DWM 1917 # 6424a 472 L 47
DWM 1917 # 9512e 8512 Q 85
DWM 1917 # 605g 810 E 81
DWM 1917 # 2187a 487 L 4
DWM 1917 # 421c 8221 I 82
DWM 1917 # 665g 9465 94
DWM 1917 # 8531a 5431 54
DWM 1917 # 2499c 299 Y 2
DWM 1917 # 9702a 6802 Q 68

DWM 1918 # 810 1610 16 Y
DWM 1918 # 4483a 4782 47Q
DWM 1918 # 9756b 265 6 M

Probably within two weeks I'll be able to add some more,but I believe that by now it's already possible to try getting some conclusions about.Hope this helps.
 

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Dear Paolo:

Many thanks for your information. It would seem by looking at your information that the numbers & letters in the sight base to the left on right of base screw have nothing to do with serial numbers.

As you mentioned, there are also numbers in the void or hole area under the sight that have numbers stamped as well.

Regards,

George
 
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