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I recieved this from a friend, would like to know anything any of you could tell me about it. I believe it is some sort of commercial production pistol. I have inserted pictures.

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Tom,

Your Luger is an example of what is called an Alphabet Commercial, manufactured by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM); recognized by the four-digit serial number followed by a letter suffix, in your case the letter o. These guns were manufactured in great quantity in the years between the two World Wars. Accordng to information found in Jan Still's "Weimar Lugers", your gun was manufactured in 1925.

I suspect that your gun is in caliber .30 Luger, as were almost all of the Alphabet Commercial production. The crown-over-N figure is the German commercial nitro proof mark, instituted in the 1910 revision of their proof laws.

GESICHERT is the German meaning Safe, revealed when the thumb lever is in the safe position. If you pull up the extractor gently with your finger you will find that it is inscribed GELADEN, Loaded, on the left side, visible when there is a shell in the chamber.

The GERMANY export mark was stamped into Lugers intended for export into the US to comply with the U.S. Firearms Act of 1890, to denote a gun of non-American origin. Weimar-era commercial imports characteristically bear this stamp. Wooden magazine bases stamped GERMANY are found with Alphabet Commercials, so yours is proper for this gun.

Congratulations on owning a fine representitive example of a Weimar-era .30 Commercial Luger, and welcome to the Forum.

--Dwight
 
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Dwight, can you tell me what the of year of manufacture would be for the same pistol serial #4606m? Thanks
 

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Danny, if the same, I have an "m" suffix, and if I remember right, 1925, but can look it up tonight. Is it a 7.65 (mine is 9mm and a police model).

Ed

Danny and Tom, welcome to the forum!

Tom, looks like a nice rep piece for a 1920's commerical.
 
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Thanks alot Ed for the information. The gun seems to be in pretty good shape, how do those commercial versions hold up in value against the police or military issues, and what do you look for in respect to wear and use that reflects on their value?

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I deleted my test, that was my commerical, and probably didn't pertain, ;>)

Anyweay, commerical versions, older ones have a good value. Ones from the 1920's, well, they seem to be at the bottom of the heap in value. You can pick them up cheaper than most items. What sells the best is the military models, in the best shape possible, cost the most.

Ed
 
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