This is a rare, very fine condition, very desirable and all matching Model 1906 American Eagle Luger in 7.65 mm, or .30 Luger caliber, manufactured by Deutsche Waffen-Und Munitionsfabriken (“DWM”). Only about 8,000 of the Model 1906 American Eagle Luger was manufactured in 7.65 mm caliber. These Lugers were manufactured especially for the US market beginning in 1906 and this particular Luger, serial number 63233, was probably manufactured in 1910.
The Barrel on this Luger is its original 4 3/4-inch long (120 mm) barrel and it retains 98% blued finish. There is only slight wear near the muzzle and on the high points. The bore still has a mirror finish with strong rifling and only slight frosting in some of the grooves. The original front sight is present and is correctly staked to the front sight base. The bottom rear of the barrel has the full matching serial number “63233” below the Imperial crown over serif “N” nitro proof stamp. The bottom, rear of the barrel has a witness line that aligns perfectly with the corresponding witness line on the bottom, front of the frame. The Breech face remains in the white and is very clean.
The Receiver has the matching partial serial number “32” on the bottom, front of the receiver and “33” on the bottom of the lug. The Receiver retains 95% of its original blued finish with wear on the sharp edges. The Sear Bar retains 99% of its original blued finish with wear on the sharp edges. The front portion of the Sear Bar that interacts with the Sear Lever remains correctly in the white. The Sear Bar Spring retains 98% of its beautiful and vibrant fire blued finish. Over the chamber is the crisp American Eagle stamp. The face of the chamber is very clean and remains in the white. The Ejector retains the majority of its original straw finish and the spring is still very strong. All of the interior portions of the receiver remain correctly in the white. The left side of the receiver has the “lazy” (stamped perpendicular to the barrel) Crown “N” Nutri proof.
The Breech Block has the matching partial serial number “33” on the left side and a lazy Crown “N” proof test stamp and it retains 98% of its blued finish with wear noted on the side rails. The face of the Breech Block is clean and exhibits minor evidence of firing. The Breech Block Pin still retains the majority of its original fire blued finish. The Center Toggle Link has the script "DWM" stamp on the top, a Crown “N” final assembly stamp on the left side and matching partial serial number “11” stamped on the underside, along with a “G” and “4” stamp, and it retains 99% of its blued finish. The Rear Toggle Link has the matching partial serial number “33” stamped on the rear slope, an “3” stamp on the bottom, and retains 99% of its original blued finish. The Coupling Link moves freely and is still in the white.
The Extractor retains 99% of its blued finish remaining on top with the sides of the Extractor still correctly in the white with the left side marked “LOADED” on the left side. The Firing Pin Spring Retainer is very clean and remains in the white as does the Firing Pin Spring, which has 19 coils. The Firing Pin itself remains in the white with a sharp, pronounced striker point. The Rear Toggle Pin retains the majority of the original fire blued finish and fits flush on both sides.
The Side Plate is serial number matching with “33” stamped on the bottom rail and it retains 95% of its blued finish with wear noted on the sharp edges and on the sear lever hump. The Trigger/Sear Lever Arm is correctly in the white as is the Lever Arm pin.
The Frame itself has the full matching serial number “63233” over the word “GERMANY” on the nose and retains 98% of its blued finish. All American Eagle Lugers have the “GERMANY” stamp on the frame indicating the place of manufacture. The Lanyard Ring is fully secured at the rear and it retains considerable original blued finish. The internal surfaces of the Frame are correctly polished in the white. The Front Grip Strap retains 98% of its blued finish with faint browning on the edge where the Grip Panels meet the Frame and there is wear noted on the bottom of the front grip strap where it transitions into the magazine well. The Back Strap retains 98% of its bluing with very minor edge browning and slight wear towards the bottom. There are several serif letter inspection stamps on the left and right side of the frame. The inside nose of the frame has “X,” “P,” “0,” and “e” stamps. There is a sans serif “H” stamp in the rear well.
The Main Spring remains in the white and is still very strong. The Main Spring Guide retains virtually all of its original blued finish. The Recoil Spring Lever retains virtually all of its original blued finish.
The Magazine Well is polished on both front and rear. The original Grip Safety retains 98% of its original blued finish and it has the matching partial serial number “33” stamped on the left flat. There is no wear at all to the external portion of the Grip Safety. The Grip Safety Spring remains very strong and retains the vast majority of its original dark oil tempered finish.
The Magazine Catch retains the majority of its original straw finish and operates smoothly. The Magazine Catch's external band spring retains most of its original fire blued finish. The Takedown Lever retains traces of the faded straw finish and is serial number matching with the “33” stamped on the bottom edge. There is no wear to the diamonds on the outer surface. The Takedown Lever Retaining Spring is present, and the lever is tight when installed in the Frame.
The Trigger is serial number matching with “33” stamped on the top left side and it retains considerable slightly faded straw finish with browning in the back, milled out section. The Trigger Spring remains in the white. The Hold Open Latch and integrated spring is correctly unnumbered, and it is correctly polished on the top and the bottom portion retains the vast majority of its original blued finish.
The Safety Bar remains in the white and the Safety Lever retains traces of its original straw finish. That portion of the frame that is covered by the safety lever when it is in the down position is correctly polished to the white.
Both Grip Panels are in very good condition. Both Panels have their original finish and have flattening in small sections on the bottom of both panels. The grip panels exhibit more wear than any other part of the pistol but are honest shooting wear. The left panel has the correct notch for the grip safety. Both panels have an “x” stamp on the interior surface. Both Grip Panel screws are in excellent condition and retain generous traces of their original fire blue finish with slightly marred slots. Both Panels fit securely to the Frame. There are no cracks or chips in either panel.
The Magazine is the original nickel-plated, wrap-around body type with the original wood base that functions perfectly. Model 1906 American Eagle Luger magazines were not serial numbered. The Follower and Follower Spring are still strong, and it fits securely in the magazine well of the Luger and releases smoothly.
This is a very rare Model 1906 American Eagle Luger in 7.65mm caliber that functions perfectly.