Hi all, this is my first post here. I am incredibly impressed the knowledge of this community and I have learned a lot already over a single day of browsing. I have done a decent amount of research concerning the 1906 Navy luger but I am clearly far from a master. I have recently come across two examples of the 1906 Navy that present themselves as naval 1st issue altered. Both of the handguns have the correct type III frame and markings in the correct locations, but some of their features are confusing me.
- one example
has a mismatched, non-suffixed barrel marked SN:583 with GERMANY export stamping over blue. Crown M proof on barrel right below the letter Y on the export mark. The C/M proofs on left side of the barrel are surprisingly deep and crisp. The finish is quite good, even at the backstrap (possibly refinished post war??) The bottom portion of the safety has some rough milling marks that suggest it may be a 1st issue altered. The frame is numbered SN:383 and all exterior numbered parts are marked 83. I forgot to take a picture with the safety down to examine the text font. I will hopefully get more pictures later from the seller with the unexposed markings and safety. I am treating this model as a mismatched shooter grade.
- This example
has a 4 digit, non-suffixed SN: 1647. This example shows nice honest high-spot wear as a salty dog would be expected to. I did not find any export markings and safety is the "down safe" configuration. I am much more interested in acquiring this piece, but I am concerned over one mysterious detail. The side plate is correctly numbered 47, but the marking is on the face of the part instead of the bottom. I know the rule is "if you have to make an excuse for the marking, pass" but the wear on the side plate seems quite comparable to the other high spots. Really hoping its not a restamped part from another gun.
Please let me know if any of you Navy aficionados spot anything else incorrect or suspicious on these guns. I and another buddy of mine are quite interested, but we are well aware that German stuff is often faked, Rare stuff is often faked. Rare German stuff...
Will add more pictures of hidden serials to the links as soon as I get them.