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Hello,
I picked up this Luger recently and would like to know more about it.
All numbered parts are 2 including the firing pin.Mag is 7119 so no match there grips are unnumbered as far as I can tell
There is a bit of wood missing on the left grip near the lug otherwise in nice shape.
I am interested in how significant is the single digit size serial?
Also what condition grade would you consider it?

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The serial is 2g. Military lugers were produced in blocks Ex. 1a to 9999a- 1b to 9999b etc.... Take some good pictures outside overcast day to best show true finish condition. , include the front/rear grip straps.
Although neat, I do not think the serial would draw much of a premium on a luger in this condition. (very good?) Maybe slightly more on a near mint example. These are my thoughts, and others might disagree. John
 

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Very nice. I think there is something unique about single digit serial numbers.
 

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Nice 1936 Luger it can be found in the f suffix- p suffix with a total production of 86 thousand more or less so your g suffix serial number 2 is meaning less other than it is a single digit and the second one off of the line in g suffix. The pistol still shows some nice strawed parts.
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Thanks for the replies
How do you tell the suffix?
Below the Barrel and below the number 2 it shows your suffix g.
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Looks to be in very decent condition...blued finish looks original...photos of the grip straps would be nice to see, including the serial number on the bottom of the barrel, to check the "halos" ...Congrats on this pickup...

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I'd like to see the # stamped on the inside of the sideplate. I think it should be 1.
 

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I believe there were nine full prefix production runs (g through o) in 1936. And there would have been only 9 single digits per prefix block.

So, only 90 guns in 1936 would have had a single digit serial. I don't think it would add a great premium, but someone would pay at least a little more just for the cool factor. I like it enough so that if equal condition guns were made available, I would consider a couple hundred more.

And I could say that I had a No.2 at the range, and folks might give me a wider berth.
 

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I believe there were nine full prefix production runs (g through o) in 1936. And there would have been only 9 single digits per prefix block.

So, only 90 guns in 1936 would have had a single digit serial. I don't think it would add a great premium, but someone would pay at least a little more just for the cool factor. I like it enough so that if equal condition guns were made available, I would consider a couple hundred more.

And I could say that I had a No.2 at the range, and folks might give me a wider berth.
Why didn't they start with no prefix, then a, then b, etc?
 

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Why didn't they start with no prefix, then a, then b, etc?
First, I errantly described the letter block as a prefix, when it is a suffix. My bad.

The Germans at the Mauser factory didn't like to leave things undone, and felt the need to exhaust the entire alphabet before starting over with no suffix, a, b, c, etc.

The year 1936 began with the remainder of the f-suffix from 1935, and then from g-through-o to finish out the year. The year 1937 began with the p-suffix to the end of the alphabet, and through the No Suffix. The year 1938 began during the a-suffix and the next run through the entire alphabet.


The folks at the Walther factory (P.38 production) were content to begin fresh each year and did not exhaust the alphabet, for some odd reason.
 

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You have a very early 1936 pistol (probably made in January or February of that year).

Please look inside the side plate and check to see of the digit "1" or "2" is present inside, stamped toward the center of the flat area.

There are, of course, very few single digit pistols. That certainly increases the interest factor, if not the financial value. You do have what appears to be a very nice collectible Luger.
 

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Also on my first post I showed the loading tool and holster,what are the chances these are the correct pieces for this pistol?

Hard to see in the photo but the holster is dated 1936

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The serial is 2g. Military lugers were produced in blocks Ex. 1a to 9999a- 1b to 9999b etc.... Take some good pictures outside overcast day to best show true finish condition. , include the front/rear grip straps.
Although neat, I do not think the serial would draw much of a premium on a luger in this condition. (very good?) Maybe slightly more on a near mint example. These are my thoughts, and others might disagree. John
The blocks run from 1x thru 10000x, each block consisting of 10,000 pistols. I have seen photos of two 10000 marked P.08s. Since there is only one five digit number per block, I would certainly pay a bonus for that.
 
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