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Howdy all.
Please see http://usera.imagecave.com/daddy_jeffs/Luger for the pictures of the gun I have questions about.

I bought this off of a friend in need of money for $800.00. It appears original, all parts match except the magazine. The one oddity I see is the holes and relief cut in the barrel as shown in the pictures. At first I though it was a cut down artillery barrel, but that doesn't make any sense as the barrel knox is bigger that the artillery barrel. As an aside, the barrel is serial numbered to the gun. Any clues or comments would be greatly appreciated.

I will also have this gun at the Houston Gun Show on May 22 if any locals want to see it.

With best regards,
Jeff in Texas
 

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I think your first assumption was correct.
 
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What doesn't make sense is that the artillery barrel isn't big enough around to leave a barrel knox on the new installation. If you shorten an artillery to the length shown on my Luger, it would be too small in diameter to leave the shoulder (knox) that butts into the upper receiver.
 

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The barrel is an artillery that has been turned down to remove the rear sight block. Obviously it could not be turned down far enough to remove the remaining flat, flange "dimple" and screw hole at the rear. It has been shortened from the muzzle end, probably by cutting it to its current length, turning down the diameter of the barrel the width of the sight band and re-installing the sight band drilled out to fit over the turned down portion. Look closely at the front sight band and see if there isn't a discernable line and/or a silver solder joint visible either at the muzzle or the rear of the band. Seems like a lot of trouble to go through to get a shorter barrel, but it definately started out as an artillery barrel.
 

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Welcome to the forum Jeff, please place the pictures onto this forum, as it makes it easier to keep the posting and pictures together.

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