shawn martin· Registered
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At the suggestion of ED, I'm opening a new topic for this one. I have a 1921 4-inch barrel, 9mm Para. DWM Luger, serial #257 (that's right, 3 digits)in very clean shape. It has no overstrikes, letters etc. on either the date or the serial number. The weapon was captured in the Battle of the Ruhr Pocket in 1945 after its owner, a major of artillery, engaged my father's rifle company (my dad was armed with a 1919 A-6 Browning) in owther words, I can attest to the originality of the weapon since 1945. It had a wood bottomed magazine which fell apart, but also had a metal bottomed mag. with the 257 stamped in the bottom. All major parts,have either 257 or 57 stamped on them. Gordon Hughes' book "Luger Recognition" shows only WWI reworks with ground off dates which were restamped for the police. The right side of the reciever has three proof stampings,very small, which appear to be eagles, but do not have swastikas, letters, etc. attached to them. My questions are: Is this an Army or police pistol? ( the non-matching black holster,well worn, has "SD II" on outboard side, covered by flap when closed) How many were made in 1921? (the figure 90,000 has been mentioned to me), and what is approximate worth?