SOLD - DWM Luger - Navy/Police Rework
4/5/19 - Listed here is a very interesting DWM manufactured Luger that spanned the Great War era, through the Weimar period and into the Nazi era. Starting with condition, the pistol has all matching numbered parts and retains 98% blue, showing only minor edge and muzzle wear. The magazine is also matching to the pistol but with Nazi era proof, and the grips are mismatched. They are in good condition aside from a small chip under the safety. Minty bore. Less than 50% straw remaining on small parts.
Now for specs and history. The chamber is dated 1917 and the frame is as well, showing the pistol began as a 1917 Navy made by DWM. The Navy Crown/M is partially scrubbed on the left side of the receiver. The barrel is stamped PTV with the Simson eagle. No serial on the barrel. Side plate is stamped '65' twice, and toggle pin is matching to the rest of the pistol. Firing pin is fluted and not numbered. The hold open and mag release show the Simson Eagle/6 proofs. There is a large 'U' inside the right grip panel, and in the frame well of the pistol. The left side of the receiver, back of frame and the chambered feature an antler shaped marking that has been of some debate on the forums. Perhaps the best info we can provide is a possible logical timeline for this pistol. First, the pistol started out as a 1917 Navy Luger, and after the war ended it was not stamped '1920' over the chamber. The antler-like proofs were then likely placed on the gun for unknown reason. The leading guess is that the proof is somehow related to Ulm or Wurttemberg. The pistol was then reworked with PTV marked barrel installed. The Navy marks and antler mark on receiver were then scrubbed at the same time. The gun would've been in police service prior to 1927, otherwise it would not have the PTV marked barrel. The gun was then in police service with sear safety installed but after 1937 as no magazine safety was installed. Magazine was numbered to the gun at some point in this period as it has WW2 proof.