I have inherited a commercial DWM Luger that says Made in Germany and has a crown/N. It has matching numbers "65" in various places. Does anybody know what I have more specifically?
Hi Jim. If I'm reading Gortz & Sturgess correctly, the A&F and Swiss i block Lugers all came from the same alphabet commercial run. If you have G&S, there's a great deal of information about them in chapter 10 on page 609. It's also there that they question the conventional wisdom that the i block began at serial number 2001 i as they offer lower number examples in the i block and offer the suggestion that the i block actually began at 1 i..Doubs, don't forget the Abercrombie & Fitch Lugers with the i suffix, and the i suffix 1920 Swiss Lugers. I don't know if these would be included in the alphabet Lugers. Your opinion regarding this. Thanks, Jim Cate
This is amazing! I am blown away (no pun intended) that this gun is 100 years old!!!"j" is the suffix letter that DWM skips...
BTW, my own DWM Alphabet Commercial is in the "m" block (1923-4) and it's the Luger that got me started in collecting them... The fonts Mauser used on magazine bases are toward the end of the FAQ. The early ones look a lot like the ones that DWM used (and the DWM factory tooling, gauges and supplies were relocated to Mauser Oberndorf in the early 1930's).
Yes - Beech and Walnut were both used in DWM grips.
Glad you have the information you need to properly care for and appreciate this fine firearm. Age doesn't necessarily decrease the beauty of history in your hands.
Jim, pictures would help. Post WW1 Swiss Lugers were both commercial and made from left over Imperial German military parts. It would be easier to evaluate what you have by seeing it. The Swiss bought many Lugers from DWM without barrels and installed their own because the Germans were limited to 95mm barrels and the Swiss wanted longer ones.Doubs, My 20 Swiss commercial has the long frame, gripsafety, Swiss Cross, and the 'up' safety lever to place the Luger in a safe position. It has the 98/100mm 7,65mm barrel with only the Crown N noted...no serial number on the barrel. It is a quite nice original Luger. Are there others reported that you are familiar with? Thanks much, Jim
Jim,...Comments, please. Thanks, Jim