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Please help with identifing the WR mark in the attached photo. The mark consists of an 'R' nested in the top of a 'W'. The mark apears on major parts of my 1939 code 42 luger - the frame, receiver, a couple of parts of the togel assembly. All the marks are concealed, not exposed. This mark is pictured in a book about small-bore Mauser rifles and the book refers to the mark as standing for 'Waffen Revision'. But the book doesn't say what the mark indicates. Are all 1939's stamped with this mark?

Also - are the 1939 grips original?? They fit perfectly and look old, but inside the only marks are a 'J' on the left grip and a 'W' on the right grip. There's no serial number or acceptance stamps. I'm not sure how they should be marked. The rest of the gun matches including the magazine.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the info and your time.



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Thanks Ed. I knew I had a problem with the upload so I changed the name of the picture (took spaces out) and uploaded it successfully as picture # 2 above. (I only had 2 pictures total, not 3)
 

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Hi Sam,
* I'm inclined to interpret this mark as an internal Mauser (Werk) repair inspection/acceptance of a part requiring a "final adjustment" (revision) to operate in the assembled pistol properly. The mark is commonly seen in Mauser Army (P.08 & P.38) pistols, in hidden positions, on the part requiring this "fitting". This step may have been necessitated to satisfy the final Waffen Inspector's acceptance on behalf of the Military.
* A fellow Forum member showed a "WR" marked part (armorer's spare) stated to have never been installed in a pistol. The only explanation I suggest in this event is the part was validated as adhering to the latest Engineering (Werk) drawing revision during a period when the change was being implemented.
* I favor the former explanation; but, offer both for your consideration.
 

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Thanks Bob and Dwight for your help. I've wondered about the mark since I purchased the luger about a year ago. It's a clean, tight gun. The barrel-receiver witness mark lines up perfectly. Everything seems to be original and appropriate for an E/63 gun. I dismantled it again today. For the record, the WR mark appears on the following 4 parts, in 3 different sizes:

Frame - inside the take down lever well.
Receiver - at the rear, on the bottom edge of the left fork.
Middle Toggle Link - underneath.
Rear Toggle Link - underneath (pictured above)

I guess something kicked the gun out for further adjustment, inspection or verification. Thanks, I appreciate your insight and observations.
 
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