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    Arrow 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Here is the finest example of a Luger that I have had the priveledge of owning. This is a 100% matching number example, including the firing pin, magazine and grips. To the best of my knowledge, the unit marking on the front strap denotes a Dragoon Unit, and I believe the "St." denotes Stabs Wache or Staff Guard - indeed very rare. The piece has never been refinished.

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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Front strap marking, this would have been done at the unit level - not at the factory.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Left and right side views.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Close shot of the grip.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    The rail on the backstrap was for the attachment of a shoulder stock, which also doubled as the holster. This one shows no evidence of having had one locked into the channel.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Top of the extractor, the "DWM" logo. The white in the recesses is only white wax, and can be easily removed with gun oil, it is not permanent and only helps to show the numbers when photographing.


    You will note than in this photo and in the following photos, you will see little "halos" or ghosting around the numbers. This is a clear indicator that the gun has NOT been refinished as these were stamped in after the gun received it's factory blueing. The force of the stamp actually disrupts the surface and builds a small burm at the outer edges of the punch.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Barrel serial number. Luger numbered their weapons from 1-10,000 then 10000a, and so on. This Luger is #10,977 and was produced in April or May of 1914-I believe. Luger produced 3,000 each month to fulfill contract obligations.

    The 8,82 denotes the "actual" inside barrel diameter... it is a 9mm. The "Bo" denotes that this was made from Bohler Steel from Austria...only the early ones have this stamping.

    The "30" denotes the hardness on the Rockwell scale.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Right and left grip panels (inside). Note stampings.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    Last one.

    Bottom of magazine.

    Of interest: these wooden bottoms were made from discarded or damaged rifle stocks, hence the difference in color from the grips.
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    Default Re: 1914 DWM P-08 Unit Marked Luger

    God Steve... That thing is absolutely beautiful! Rare simply doesn't cover this one and now I see why your so attached to this little gem!
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