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Article about: I have just picked up this lovely clean 1913 DWM Luger. It is all matching numbers...except for the magazine. It was "liberated" from a German Officer in 1945, and yet appears to h

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    I have just picked up this lovely clean 1913 DWM Luger. It is all matching numbers...except for the magazine. It was "liberated" from a German Officer in 1945, and yet appears to have no major wear. Also it has no stock lug to the backstrap. I know very little about such early Lugers so if you spot anything of significance about this one please let me know. I don't intent on using this one on the range as its just too nice. What you see in the pictures is as I got it. I have not cleaned ot oiled it as yet.
    I really like this one, I hope you do too.
    All the best,
    D.
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    What a beauty D !!!

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    That's a nice pistol. Does it have the hold-open catch? It wasn't present on the early models, but I can't remember what year they started using it.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Beautiful.
    "and when he gets to heaven,
    to saint peter he will tell:
    "Just another marine reporting, sir
    I've served my time in hell."

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    Hi HARRY THE MOLE,
    Yes, this one has the hold open fitted.
    D

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    Very nice looking luger.
    1913 was a transitional period for lugers. Some had stock lugs and some did not. Some were re-worked for the hold open devise and some were not. I am just speculating here as to the history of your luger. I would bet it was a personal firearm of an officer from the first WWI and was pasted down to a son during the Second World War. Reason is because it is in such good shape. The owner took care of it. Just my thoughts…….


    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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    Hi John,
    I was thinking along those lines myself. Its not a gun that was used here in Jersey during the German Occupation, but was brought over after the war by a chap who flew in from Paris with it in his suitcase to give to a friend in Jersey. It has never been fired since the day it was liberated in 1945 and not sure if it was fired much before that.
    D

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    Do you collect Lugers D ?

    Cheers

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    Most officer private purchase P08s were either 1908 or 1914 9mm commercial models. This 1913 with the hold open added was most likely an issue pistol to a Prussian, Saxon or Baden unit. Bavarian and Wurttemberg issue pistols were never retrofitted with hold-opens.

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    Hi HistoryMan,
    I have one or two in my collection, they are a beautiful looking piece of art.
    D

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