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I have a Luger I recently bought and have been reading the info on how to know what you have, now on the right side of the receiver and barrell there ia a eagle that doesn't look like any on the web pages, I looked up Germany in the school books and my eagle looks like the coat of arms for Germany. There is also a eagle with this underneath its wing span waA66, there is also a half a eagle on it. The serial number is 5418U, all parts have matching numbers, the magazines and holster also have matching numbers. There is on the bottom of one magazines a eagle with a circle with crossed looks like eyeglasses underneath. There is a number engraved into the butt of the gun 335. it is also on the inside of the gun and on the holster. On the left side at the safety on you can read GESICHERT, there are no markings on the left side of the receiver or barrell.

Any help will be appreciated, I tried to take pictures of it but I can't get close enough. The Luger looks real good, I'd say it still has 95 per cent or more of its origional blue finish.

Thanks for any help,
Mike Hanners
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Indeed BKIW (Berlin Karlsruher Instustriewerke A.G.) was just the same old DWM company, but with a name that tried to emphasize on the peace-time products they produced. (and most probably to draw attention away from the allied control committee, as they were still firmly in the arms business :)

On the 29. of june 1933, BKIW changed it's name to 'Berlin Karlsruher Industriewerke A.G., vormals Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken".

On the 30. of june 1936, the peacetime name was dropped and the company once again became 'Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken A.G.".

After World War 2, to make things a bit more complicated, the company was divided in two major segments. The Berlin branch remained active under the DWM name, but changed the name to 'Deutsche Waggon- und Maschinenfabriken Gmbh'. For a short period just after WW2 the Berlin branch operated under another name 'VWW' (Vereinigte Werkstatten Wittenau) as well.

The Karlsruhe (ammo) branch renamed itself 'Industriewerke Karlsruhe' (or IWK). Later, after the takeover of an Augsburg plant the name became IWKA (Industriewerke Karlsruhe Augsburg).

The association between DWM and ammunition was kept allive well into the 1960s.

DWM - Berlin later became part of ADtranz, a Daimler-Benz company that specializes in railroad equipment and was later taken over by Bombardier transport.

IWKA - Karlruhe also still exists and is particularly successfull in the packaging machine business.

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