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Since there were so many Lugers manufactured since well before ww1 , can anyone tell me why my 1940 code 42 Luger only has a four digit serial no.of less than 2000? Were there alot of duplicate numbers, or did they go back to zero with every variation? This may seem like a dumb question but i've been bugged by this. I would sure appreciate an explanation. thanks Boomstix
 

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David,

Imperial Military Lugers of WWI were numbered from 1 at the beginning of each year. At every 10,000 guns the number series was started over again at 1, with a letter suffix added, progressing through the alphabet until the next year. This practice was followed by both DWM and Erfurt.

Mauser P-08 began production at serial# 1 with the K date in 1934, and simply progressed through the number-suffix irrespective of year. Mauser cycled through the complete alphabet three times, ending in the n suffix block in 1942.

Complete serial number tables can be found in Jan Still's "Imperial Lugers" and "Third Reich Lugers", respectively.

Commercial serial numbering began with 1 in 1901, and continued to the 92,000 range in 1921. In that year DWM converted to numbering in the military style (four digits followed by a letter), beginning with the letter suffix i. The commercial serial range is separate from military production, the numbers are not intermixed.

--Dwight

--Dwight
 
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Dwight, thanks for the info, it cleared up some of my question,but I don't have a letter sufix in my serial no. should I? thanks Dave
 
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According to Jan Still's "Third Reich Lugers" the 42 code 1940 Nazi military Mauser lugers ran from 7700z to 7000n. So there is a block of 10,000 pistols without a letter suffix. This block would have been manufactured after the last "z" and before the first "a" suffix blocks.
 

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Pipeman

The chart referred in Railsplitters post was based on the known serial numbers at the time, if you have one outside the range reported in third reich lugers you will find that Mr Still ( Jan) would be most interested.

Could you provide pictures of the proofs on the right hand receiver and a picture of the full serial number with suffix letter.

The data table at the top of this heading could then be updated to include this number as the latest one reported is 1854 (N)

Thankyou
 
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The - Y - block is a good place to look for the first of the 1940-42 dates. In your opinion, do you feel that all Mauser Luger production blocks went to 10,000? or maybe 9999. I have read about 1937-S/42 number 10,000 and observed K-date number 10,000. To my knowledge, no other number 10,000 has ever been reported. I suspect these were unusual pistols, odd numbers created by the man doing the numbering. In my opinion, Mauser used only 1-9999, the same as DWM and Erfurt. There certainly must have been WaA. Directive that spelled out the numbering process, obviously there was for the Imperial pistols. No where in my research do I find that anyone has ever reported a number 10,000 Imperial or Weimar pistol. Opinions anyone???
 

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David,

Imperial Military Lugers of WWI were numbered from 1 at the beginning of each year. At every 10,000 guns the number series was started over again at 1, with a letter suffix added, progressing through the alphabet until the next year. This practice was followed by both DWM and Erfurt.

Mauser P-08 began production at serial# 1 with the K date in 1934, and simply progressed through the number-suffix irrespective of year. Mauser cycled through the complete alphabet three times, ending in the n suffix block in 1942.

Complete serial number tables can be found in Jan Still's "Imperial Lugers" and "Third Reich Lugers", respectively.

Commercial serial numbering began with 1 in 1901, and continued to the 92,000 range in 1921. In that year DWM converted to numbering in the military style (four digits followed by a letter), beginning with the letter suffix i. The commercial serial range is separate from military production, the numbers are not intermixed.

--Dwight

--Dwight
Hello I have a 1913 lugar serial number 7069 trying to get information about it a gun shop said it was factory customized from a high up military person it has a 1'3/4 inch barrel has all matching numbers has a newer aluminum bottom clip that was stamped same serial number from factory all parts are marked 69 and has 4 proof mark in a row on the side I can find any information on it need help ?
David,

Imperial Military Lugers of WWI were numbered from 1 at the beginning of each year. At every 10,000 guns the number series was started over again at 1, with a letter suffix added, progressing through the alphabet until the next year. This practice was followed by both DWM and Erfurt.

Mauser P-08 began production at serial# 1 with the K date in 1934, and simply progressed through the number-suffix irrespective of year. Mauser cycled through the complete alphabet three times, ending in the n suffix block in 1942.

Complete serial number tables can be found in Jan Still's "Imperial Lugers" and "Third Reich Lugers", respectively.

Commercial serial numbering began with 1 in 1901, and continued to the 92,000 range in 1921. In that year DWM converted to numbering in the military style (four digits followed by a letter), beginning with the letter suffix i. The commercial serial range is separate from military production, the numbers are not intermixed.

--Dwight

--Dwight
Hello I have a 1913 lugar factory modified from a high up military person I was told has 1'3/4 inch barrel like it was made to put in there pocket serial# 7069 all parts marked 69 has 4 proof marks on side and a newer aluminum clip bottom marked same serial number from factory any idea what I have ? I have alot of pictures if needed
 

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Hello I have a 1913 lugar serial number 7069 trying to get information about it a gun shop said it was factory customized from a high up military person it has a 1'3/4 inch barrel has all matching numbers has a newer aluminum bottom clip that was stamped same serial number from factory all parts are marked 69 and has 4 proof mark in a row on the side I can find any information on it need help ?

Hello I have a 1913 lugar factory modified from a high up military person I was told has 1'3/4 inch barrel like it was made to put in there pocket serial# 7069 all parts marked 69 has 4 proof marks on side and a newer aluminum clip bottom marked same serial number from factory any idea what I have ? I have alot of pictures if needed
Please start a new thread and ask your questions. Post sharp, detailed pictures and you'll get your best answers. This is a very old thread and your inquiry deserves a new post.

I can tell you this: Your 1913 Luger left the factory with a 100mm (4 inch) barrel and a wood base magazine. An aluminum base is not original to the gun, even if the serial number matches.
 
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