Reichswehr property stamp: German law of August 1920 required all Germans to hand into the government all military arms, which included arms stolen after WW1 had ended. The mark chosen to identify Reichswehr weapons was the “1920". If the weapon were found in the wrong hands, then it could be identified as stolen and the person in possession of the weapon could be prosecuted. The mark was used into the 1930's. The marking can often be crude and unprofessional because, typically, the pistols were taken to the local police station to be marked. Some appear to be neatly marked from a stamping die containing all 4 digits together, and some can be crudely misaligned, with each digit having been stamped individually. I don't know if the law specified a location for the stamp.
I believe that this marking is not original. It is the first pistol I have seen marked in this position. It is there where the milling have thinnend the frame material and this makes it suspected to me. I cannot proof this since we all know during the Reichswehr era many unusual things occurred. Moreover are those numerals not looking old to me. I would have expected one with serifs etc. Don´t misunderstand me I am just expressing my thoughts here and don´t want to make your nice gun inferior to any other in the collecting arena. Just for a discussion. Thats all. Regards Dietrich
But the only problem is that i live in Norway..
Why would anyone fake such a marking??
I can buy as many of theese pistols as I want for $70-100. This marking adds no value at all here...
Our gun-laws are quite strict, so there is almost no demand for old pistols such as this...
Also the gun was bought from a man who just inherrited it from his old father.. He did not have a clue to what the meaning of the 1920-stamp was.. He thought the gun was made that year...
It appears most of these were stamped '1920' at a local
(unit armorer) level. They must have been placed at the
area of the pistol each individual deemed the best spot.
There is certainly a lot of variation, in any case...
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
A community dedicated to Lugers, Central Powers, Axis, Allied and related WW-I and WW-II pistols by their scholars, collectors, owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about the history, technology and extraordinary background associated with these design masterpieces.