SOLD - Rare, Cased DWM Army Test Luger - American Eagle
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12/27/19 - Here we have an extremely rare American Eagle Army Test Luger produced by DWM. In April of 1901, the United States Board of Ordnance and Fortifications put in an order for 1,000 of these Lugers following test trials in which the model was fired 2,000 times under the harshest conditions possible. These Lugers feature the Great Seal over the chamber, which was not included upon request, but rather was found to be a great sales tool for the Swiss market by DWM following their initial sales of the same model but featuring the Swiss sunburst. The characteristics that separate these American Test Eagle Lugers from the other Model 1900 Lugers are the lack of proofs, the lack of a 'GERMANY' import stamp, and the last two digits of the serial number on the right end of the takedown lever. This particular pistol is in the proper, documented serial range (6099-7098), but the takedown lever does have the serial on the left side face. The gun has a beautiful profile view with minimal wear to the original blue, but nearly all finish loss is on the front strap. It has grips that are numbered and matching to the pistol. The pistol comes in a reproduction case, which has a box of original ammo, a spare magazine, cleaning rod, takedown tool and a punch tool. The spare magazine has a nickel body with blank wood bottom, and the magazine in the pistol has no serial but does have an imperial proof, and there is a crack in the wood base. The cleaning rod appears original, but the takedown tool is a later production. Can also be paired with the original, ultra rare holster that we currently have listed separately. As of the printing of Michael Reese's book on the subject, there was only about 100 of these known and identified in the accepted serial range!
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