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P.08 NAVY, SERIAL NUMBER 135

During 1914 or 1915 the German Navy procured Navy-proofed P.08's manufactured with short frame, hold open, stock lug, long sear bar and commercial serial number placement. These precede the 1916 and 1917 dated Navy Lugers. There are 7 reported in the 66 to 145 serial range. Two of these (sn. 66 and 145) continued Navy service and bear a 1920 Reichswehr property stamp and an 0.xx Navy property number. With an estimated production of about 150 these are among the rarest Imperial Navy Lugers.




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Figure 1. Left slant of P.08 Navy , serial number 135. These have commercial style serial number placement and precede the 1916 and 1917 dated Navy Lugers in production.




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Figure 2. Top of P.08 Navy , serial number 135.




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Figure 3. Right side of P.08 Navy , serial number 135.




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Figure 4. P.08 Navy , serial number 135, showing details of left side Navy proofs. Note: the barrel proof has a halo.




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Figure 5. P.08 Navy , serial number 135, showing the frame and barrel serial number. The barrel serial number has a halo.




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Figure 6. Inside of grips, P.08 Navy , serial number 135.




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Figure 7. Details of grips, P.08 Navy , serial number 135. The grips match (35).




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Figure 8. Navy style holster dated 1912 for 4 inch barrel Luger.




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Figure 9.. Details of holster markings: DAHL / BARMEN / 1912, crown/M (Imperial), and M/anchor (Weimar).




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Figure 10. Scene from the 1916 Battle of Jutland, which shows the Imperial German High Seas Fleet firing on the British Grand Fleet. Such German ships carried about 90 Lugers.



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Hi Jan:

Not only beautiful but it does not appear to have been fiddled with. A rare find indeed!

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Jan, Great photos and information as always. The 1912 dated Navy holster is fascinating. This would seem to infer the existence of a Navy order for P08s as early as 1912. Two questions, is the holster fitted with belt loops? what is the leather tab/snap appearing to the front of the closure stud?

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This holster was modified post World War I (Weimar Era?) by the addition of new belt loops and the addition of a leather tab/snap at the end of the lift strap.
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Thanks for the detail Jan, it sure is nice to see these discussions.

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