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BAVARIAN ISSUED1913 DWM, SERIAL NUMBER 817a, B.5.Ar.3.30.: BAYERISCHES, 5 FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT, REITENDE BATTERIE 3, WAFFE NR. 30

1913 DWM Lugers are reported in the 1201 to 315e serial range and were initially manufactured without hold open or stock lug. All have the exposed style of serial number placement. Toward the end of 1913 production they were manufactured with hold open and stock lug. About 35,000 were produced. Unit markings are reported on about 5 percent of these Lugers.


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Figure 1. Left slant view of Bavarian issued1913 DWM, serial number 817a. The serial number placement is military (exposed).


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Figure 2. Top view of 1913 DWM, serial number 817a.



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Figure 3. Right side of 1913 DWM, serial number 817a. This Luger is Bavarian unit stamped. A hold open has not been added. According to a May 6,1913 directive all P08's in service without a hold open were to have the hold open retrofitted by Erfurt. I have examined numerous Bavarian unit marked Lugers. All those that lacked the hold open at manufacture did not have it added. Apparently World War I started before the Bavarian’s had time to have the hold open added to their Lugers. Once the war started the troops and Lugers were scattered in battles on two fronts in a dozen countries and the hold opens were never added.


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Figure 4. Right receiver of 1913 DWM, serial number 817a, showing the acceptance stamps and proof.


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Figure 5. Front of frame and bottom of barrel of 1913 DWM, serial number 817a.. Note: the faint halo around the digits of the barrel serial number(barley visible) and lack of halo on the frame serial number. The barrel serial number is through the blue.


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Figure 6. 1913 DWM, serial number 817a. Inside of grips stamped with the last two digits of the Lugers serial number, 17.


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Figure 7. Front, 1913 DWM, serial number 817a. It is unit stamped B.5.Ar.3.30.: which signifies Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, Reitende Batterie 3, Waffe Nr. 30. The Bavarian 5th Field Artillery Regiment(except the Reitende Batteries) was part of the 3rd Bavarian Division during World War I. Its Reitende Batteries were part of the Bavarian Cavalry Division during World War I..



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Figure 8. 1913 DWM, serial number 817a, with its Bavarian holster dated 1913.


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Figure 9. 1913 DWM, serial number 817a., showing details of open holster with tool and extra magazine.


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Figure 10. Back of holster.


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Figure 11. The holster is stamped AWM/9/13 which signifies: Artillery Workshop Munchen 1913 (Bavarian Army Workshop that specialized in artillery equipment, holsters and other leather goods)A “B” is stamped to the right of the AWM/9/13. (Its meaning is unknown. It has been suggested that it signifies Bavaria.)


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Figure 12. The tool is accepted with a C/script letter stamp.


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Figure 13. The back of the tool bears the stamp 3.30.; which, signifies Reitende Batterie 3, Waffe Nr. 30. According to a 22 April 1911 dated inquiry from a Bavarian cavalry regiment there was confusion as to unit markings to be applied to the loading tool. That the loading tool need not be stamped was soon established. This regiments armorer did not get the word and unit stamped this tool.

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