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Is there any explanation for why the Germans started adding the stock lug to the 4 inch lugers when there is no evidence they intended to use or issue stocks with this model? thanks, Frank
 

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The Germans did not start adding the stock lug to the 4 inch barreled lugers,this happened well before the treaty of versailles mandated that Germany could not possess or manufacture sidearms with barrels longer than 4 inch.

Luger barrels were cut down to conform to the new restrictions.

This came about as a result of the allied war commision's orders to demilitarize Germany

Luger manufacturing machinery was tooled up for the stock lug for the 1904 Navy which were the first German military authority to adopt the luger as the official handgun complete with stock and holster

Manufactures of the luger continued to utilized the stock lug as a holding device or jig to machine the frame after WW#1 which basically was the end of military issued/procured stocks.

Stocks on handguns predates the luger, and were a replacement for the rifle.

George luger presented Kaiser Wilhem with a 1902 carbine as the Kaiser with his deformed hand had trouble holding a rifle while hunting stag on his estates.

Perhaps this is the reason that the stock lug was adopted but is only a guess on my part.
 

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Stock lugs are not found on the German Army 4" Lugers prior to late 1913. The directive for adding stock lugs was issued in late 1913, and many 1913 Lugers were manufactured with such a lug. Of note, a few of the 1914 DWM Lugers were manufactured without stock lugs.

Another suggestion which has been offered in earlier posts postulates that manufacturing efficiency was improved by machining all Luger frames, not just Navys and Artillerys, to a uniform pattern as opposed to the production of two different varieties.

Luke
 
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