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.
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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