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All of the examples of L-P08 I have observed with fine tune front sights have the last two digits of the serial number on the top of the sight. Almost all the examples I have examined had the fine tune fronts.

Recently I observed a 1917 with a fixed front sight not numbered. Was the fixed front sight version with or without a serial number on the front sight?
 

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Rich,

The 1910 Instructions for marking the P-08, as amended (Görtz & Bryans), require an inspector's mark on the front sight (and indeed, my Erfurt has one). The Instructions do not mention a serial number on the sight. Since it is a "moving" part on the adjustable version, it makes a certain amount of sense that someone might decide, ad hoc, that it should be numbered.

I wouldn't draw the conclusion you come to without quite a few more examples reported.

--Dwight
 

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1914 Erfurt with adjustable front sight is numbered
1915 DWM with adjustable front sight is numbered
1917 DWM with adjustable front sight is numbered
1917 DWM without adjustable front sight is not numbered
1918 DWM without adjustable front sight is not numbered
 

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You fellows have caused me to put down my glass and get out my glasses. Here is what I found with my LP08's:

MAKER DATE FRONT SER #
DWM 1914 F/T YES
ERFURT 1914 F/T YES
ERFURT 1914 F/T YES
ERFURT 1914/20 F/T YES
DWM 1915 F/T YES
DWM 1916 F/T YES
DWM 1917 FIXED NO
DWM 1917 FIXED NO
DWM 1917 FIXED NO
DWM 1917 FIXED NO
DWM 1917 FIXED NO
DWM 1918 FIXED NO
DWM 1918 F/T YES
MAUSER 1936 FIXED NO
MAUSER 1936 FIXED NO
 
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