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This is a very late 1918 Erfurt; s/n 6320t with Erfurt-proofed magazine 7565t(+). There are some odd things about this gun: no eagle proofs on the barrel, right reciever, left side of toggle; no bore diameter on barrel (but the s/n is present as is an RC stamp over a c/letter inspector mark); forward two crowns on right frame have no inspector letters under them; right side of magazine release button has no proofmark. The side plate isn't quite rectangular - the top edge angles downward a bit back-to-front. Also the gun is not as roughly machined as most late Erfurts.


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Jan:
I'm not sure about the processes of Luger manufacture but since I believe that Lugers are blued after the inspectors stamps are applied (no halo) then why would anyone blue the gun if it didn't pass inspection? Also, the grips are numbered and proofed and I would think they would be fitted at the end of the production process. Again, if the gun wasn't going to be used, why bother? I just got around to reading an old issue of AUTOMAG (8/03) and on page 184 I saw a photo of a Kl 1933 Erfurt with the same 2 empty crowns - but with the proof eagle present. Late 1918 was a tumultuous time in Germany. Were there any strikes or Sparticus vs. government street battles in Erfurt that could have disrupted production? I have no good answers but I do have the gun (and the late "t" block mag) which I'm happy with. That will have to be enough for now.
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LugerLou:

The Kl was definately an Erfurt that was presumably put together from rejected parts that Simpson inherited from Erfurt.

As I understand it, the rust bluing process is multi-staged and not a thing that gets done quickly. If it was a theft/lunchbox situation presumably one of the "bluers" wasn't entirely honest.

It's just an odd situation with not enough facts. Nice gun though, and probably one of the last Erfurts made.

Shelly
 
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