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ALPHABET DWM, SERIAL NUMBER 6206 r. POLICE/ARMY ALPHABET DWM LUGER, SERIAL NUMBER 6206r

DWM Lugers of new manufacture have sequential serial numbers in the i, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, and r suffix serial range and were manufactured between 1921 and the end of 1928. Most of these are commercial Lugers. Starting in the “p” suffix range and continuing more frequently in the “q” and ‘r’ suffix range these Lugers bear 4 inch 9mm barrels and were intended for the Weimar Army, Navy or Police.


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Figure 1. This Alphabet DWM, serial number 6206 r, bears C/N proofs, E/33 stamps on its left barrel, and it has a thick lanyard loop.


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Figure 2. Top, Alphabet DWM, serial number 6206 r. The extractor and middle toggle link have added military style serial number placement.


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Figure 3. Right, Alphabet DWM, serial number 6206 r.


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Figure 4. Eagle and TP/Eagle proofs are found on its right receiver and barrel. These proofs and acceptance stamps are often found on police Lugers and are linked to the Berlin Police Armory.(Weimar Lugers, page 2)


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Figure 5. Its barrel bears an 8,84 military barrel gauge stamp, a witness mark, and a lone 4 (Some police luger barrels lack a serial number.). The serial number placement on the takedown lever and side plate is in the commercial (hidden) style. Its serial number 6206r, indicates that it was manufactured in 1928.(Weimar Lugers, page 15)


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Figure 6. Details of the left side serial numbers, acceptance stamps, and proofs. A crown/N proof is on the left breech block and left receiver. The left receiver C/N is over stamped with the guns serial number. A small and a large E/33 acceptance stamp are located on the left side of the barrel. (The E/33 stamp is the same style as used on new manufactured Simson Lugers.)


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Figure 7. This Luger bears a matched extruded-chrome plated-Haenel Schmeisser magazine.


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Figure 8. Base of magazine is matched to Luger, serial number, 6206, and bears a police style number 1.


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Figure 9. Haenel Schmeisser inscription on back spine of magazine.


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Figure 10. Its left grip bears a scriptic S stamp usually associated with the K (1934) date Luger and its right grip bears an E/6 stamp.


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Figure 11. Alphabet DWM, serial number 6206 r. This Luger reportedly came from the vet who brought it back from Germany in this Weimar Army reworked Imperial Army holster.


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Figure 12. Holster manufacturing stamp located on the inside of the flap. It is dated 1912.


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Figure 13. Open holster. During the Weimar Era this Imperial holster had a cleaning rod pouch added below the loading tool pouch and an the extra flap added to hold a patch.


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Figure 14. This holster bears the Weimar Army unit stamp F./A.7.24.. This signifies 7 (Bavarian) Fahr-Abteilung, waffe no. 24. Fahr-Abteilung signifies a motorized or mounted unit.


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Figure 15. Between its belt loops this holster is stamped 1.E.2.. This relates to a Eskadron of the above unit.

SOME LUGER AND GERMAN POLICE DATA, BACKGROUND AND DATES

1. An October 10, 1922 Prussian Minister of the Interior decree made the Simson Factory a major repair facility for the P08, among other arms. The federal inspectors used the same acceptance stamps on reworks that they used on new manufactured Simson Lugers.(Weimar Lugers, page 26, footnote 15)

2. Almost all Lugers with commercial serial number placement routed to police use, had some exposed style serial number placements added by police arsenals (Weimar Lugers, page 40). This Luger has added military serial number placement to the extractor and middle toggle link.

3. This Lugers serial number 6206 r, indicates that it was manufactured in 1928 (Weimar Lugers, page 15). The breech block and receiver were C/N proofed at manufacture. This Lugers barrel lacks a serial number and the C/N commercial proof. This has been observed on similar “r” range police Lugers before( see page 133 Weimar Lugers).

4. Reportedly the so called unfilled Riff contract was manufactured in the late 1920's. This Luger has a large thick lanyard loop supposedly associated with the Riff contract. The Riff contract went undelivered and reportedly were eventually routed to the German authorities.(Volume I, page 81)

5. The TP/Eagle proof was used by inspectors to accept barrels on rework and new manufactured Lugers for the Weimar Police. This stamp is linked to the Berlin Police Armory. (Weimar Lugers, page 2, 15, 133).

6. This Luger never had a sear or magazine safety added. These safeties were ordered installed by a Prussian State Police directive dated August 30, 1933 (Weimar Lugers, page 40 and 206)*. However, this Prussian directive did not cover the states of Bavaria, Saxony and Wurttenburg. The police in these states were nationalized in 1936 and the sear safety requirement was likely added shortly thereafter. These safeties were never installed on military Lugers (except the sear safety military code Lugers).
(* It is of interest that Prussian Schutzpolizei Berlin (S.B., largest in Germany) marked police Lugers sometimes do not have an added sear safety.)

7. This Luger bears an extruded-chrome plated-Haenel Schmeisser magazine. These magazines were first introduced by Police orders dated 6 September 1935. These were distributed from the Landspolizei arsenal in Berlin (Gortz, German Small Arms Markings, page 132-133)

8. In 1934, 2500 police officers and their small arms were transferred from Prussian Landspolizei to the German military (Weimar Lugers, page 203).


HISTORY OF POLICE/ARMY ALPHABET DWM LUGER, SERIAL NUMBER 6206r

The history of this Luger is open to a variety of possibilities and speculation. One of these is presented below:

This Luger was manufactured in 1928 by DWM and C/N proofed. At some point it was routed to the police. The gun may have been manufactured in 7.65 cal or a pitted bore was replaced. Also, it may have been part of the Riff contract. In any case the barrel was replaced at the Simson Repair Facility (Simson style E/33 stamps on barrel). The Eagle and PT/Eagle proofs and exposed style serial placement on some parts were added by the Simson Repair Facility or the Berlin Police Armory.

This Luger went to a non-Prussian State and thereby avoided the installation of the Prussian Police 1933 required sear and magazine safety (The Bavarian holster may suggest that this Luger went to the Bavarian Police). In 1935 the extruded-chrome plated-Haenel Schmeisser magazine was added to this Luger and numbered in the police style. In late 1935 or 1936 the Luger’s police unit was transferred to the German Army with its small arms in much the same manner as the Landspolizei were transferred to the Army in 1934. The German Army did not require a sear or magazine safety.
Jan
Go to The below post for information on a similar Luger.
1928 DWM Police, serial number 2139r Weimar_Police http://luger.gunboards.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1422
 
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