This is a very fine condition and all matching WWI German Model of 1914 Luger manufactured by DWM in 1916 along with an original 1915 dated Holster.
The end of the 1890s and early 1900s saw great international military interest in semiautomatic weapons, particularly handguns. The famous Borchardt design and the Mauser C96 pistol are both examples of this interest at the turn of the century. The German Army ultimately settled on the Borchardt-based Luger design for its armed forces.
Initial military production of the Luger pistol, in 9mm Parabellum caliber, was limited to the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). The first German military organization to adopt the new Luger design was the German Navy, which approved the Model of 1906 pistol on May 12, 1905. Although the German Army tested the Luger design as early as 1901, it did not officially adopt the Luger as the standard Army sidearm until August 1908, which gave the weapon the designation Model of 1908. Initial Model of 1908 Lugers did not have chamber markings but the year of manufacture began to be marked on the chamber in 1910.
By directive on May 6, 1913, all Model 1908 Lugers were to be produced with the hold-open device and all existing Lugers were to be retrofitted for the device. Additionally, all Lugers delivered after August 4, 1913, were to have the stock lug added. Approximately 17,000 DWM Lugers were manufactured with a 1913 date. With the stock lug and hold-open device now standard, the model was changed to the Model of 1914. Approximately 35,000 DWM Lugers were manufactured with a 1914 date, 105,000 with a 1915 date, 140,000 with a 1916 date (when this Luger was manufactured), 90,000 with a 1917 date and 118,000 with a 1918 date.
Approximately 505,000 Model 1914 DWM Lugers were manufactured. In 1916, when this particular DWM Luger was manufactured, the serial number range ran from approximately 80 to 7060q. This Luger is in the –n suffix, so it was probably manufactured in the late summer of 1916.
This particular DWM Luger was manufactured by Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in 1916 and is serial numbered 6888n. The Barrel on this Model 1941 Luger is its original 4-inch long barrel and it retains 95% blued finish. There is only slight wear near the muzzle along with very small, pinprick pitting adjacent to the front sight near the muzzle. The bore still has a mirror finish with strong rifling. The bottom rear of the barrel has the full matching serial number "6888/n" and the muzzle diameter of the barrel in millimeters, "8,82."
The Front Sight retains the vast majority of its original blued finish and has 13 serrations on the rear face. The base also retains the vast majority of its original blued finish and has 8 serrations on the rear face. The base and stud have the correct stake mark on the right side.
The Receiver, also known as the Barrel Extension, has the matching serial number "6888" on the left side and it retains 98% plus of its beautiful blued finish. The Sear Bar retains the majority of its original blued finish and has the matching partial serial number “88.” The Sear Bar Spring retains 98% of its beautiful and vibrant fire blued finish. The Chamber Date is crisply marked "1916," and the face of the chamber is very clean. The Ejector retains the majority of its original straw finish and the spring, which is still very strong, retains 95% of the original straw finish.
The right side of the Receiver has all of the correct proof marks crisply stamped, including the large crown over eagle German Army Proof Test mark and three crown over gothic letter German Army Inspection Stamps, “B,” “S,” and “S.” Just forward of these receiver stamps, in the top side of the barrel, is the standard German Army Test Eagle proof stamp. The bottom lug of the Receiver, and adjacent to it, have numerous inspection and assembly stamps including a serif "N" stamp as well as a serif "V,” “T” and “K” stamps.
The Breech Block has the matching serial number "88" on the left side below the German Army Test Eagle proof stamp and it retains 95% of its blued finish with wear noted on the side rails. The face of the Breech Block is in very fine condition retaining all of its original blued finish. The Breech Block Pin still retains considerable original fire blued finish. The rear of the breach block face has a serif “N” assembly stamp.
The Center Toggle Link has the script "DWM" stamp and matching serial number "88," and it retains 95% of its blued finish. The bottom side of the Center Toggle Link has several assembly stamps.
The Rear Toggle Link has the matching serial number "88" stamped on the rear slope and retains 95% of its blued finish. The bottom of the Rear Toggle Link has a sans serif “O” assembly stamp. The Coupling Link moves freely and is still in the white. There is one small ding to the checkering on the right toggle.
The Extractor is serial number matching with "88" stamped on top with 98% of its blued finish remaining on top with the sides of the Extractor still correctly in the white with the left side marked "GELADEN" or loaded on the side. The Firing Pin Spring Retainer is very clean and remains in the white as does the Firing Pin Spring. The Firing Pin itself remains in the white and is serial number matching with "88" stamped on the side. The Rear Toggle Pin exhibits most of the original fire blued finish and fits flush on both sides.
The Side Plate is serial number matching with "88" stamped on the outside 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 and the Lever Arm pin is still correctly blued.
The Frame itself has the full matching serial number "6888/n" on the nose and retains 95% of its blued finish with minor scratches on the sides. The Lanyard Ring is fully secured at the rear. The internal surfaces of the Frame are correctly polished in the white. The Front Grip Strap retains 95% of its blued finish that is thinning along the centerline. The Back Strap retains 95% of its bluing with wear noted on the shoulder stock attachment point. The Magazine Well is polished on both front and rear. There are numerous inspection stamps in the nose of the frame as well as on the sides under the grip panels. All of the internal portions of the frame remain in the white.
The Magazine Catch retains the vast majority of its original straw finish and operates smoothly. The Mag Catch's external band spring retains most of its original fire blued finish.
The Trigger is serial number matching with "88" stamped on the top left side and it retains considerable original fading 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 serial number matching with "88" stamped on the top and it shows considerable original fire tempered finish. The Mainspring remains in the white.
The Safety Bar is serial number matching with "88" stamped on the front and it remains in the white. The Safety Lever is serial number matched with "88" stamped on the top flat and it retains the majority of its original straw finish. The "GESICHERT" or SAFE marking is still crisply stamped. The Takedown Lever is serial number matching with “88” stamped on the front face. The checkering on the thumb piece is still crisp. The Takedown Lever exhibits a pewter patina with the original straw finish remaining in the protected areas.
Both Grip Panels are in excellent condition and are serial number matching with “88” stamped on the inside of both. Both Panels have their original finish and have only minor flattening in small sections towards the bottom. There is a very small piece missing on the left panel where it abuts the side plate but it is barely noticeable. Both Panels fit securely to the Frame. Both original grip screws are present and both retain significant original blued finish with only very minor marring to one of the slots.
This pistol comes with an original WWI Magazine that is serial numbered to another pistol. The Magazine is the correct WWI wrap-around, tin-plated magazine with the correct wood base. The base is stamped with “9293/s/+” and it has an Erfurt Royal Arsenal crown stamp, indicating this magazine was originally issued with an Erfurt Luger during WWI. The Follower and Follower Spring are still strong and it fits securely in the magazine well of the Luger and releases smoothly.
This Luger also comes with an original brown leather Luger Holster from 1915. The strap appears to be a field replacement but it remains tightly stitched to the flap. The Loading Tool Compartment is present but there is no tool included. All of the original stitching remains tight. The Holster is marked on the inside of the flap with an oval and “F. W. GAMMERSBACH/1915/ ROISDORF b/BONN.” There are minor scuffs on the leather but it remains supple.
This is a fine condition WWI DWM Model of 1914 Luger from 1916, which was one of the bloodiest years of WWI. This pistol functions perfectly.
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