I'm new to the boards, and to Lugers. I inherited my father's Luger. I've been learning about it by reading here. It is a 1911 Erfurt. I will post pictures soon. It has unit markings, and came with a holster, just one clip though (aluminum bottom...when was the wood used?)
So please help a newbie understand something. My dad said he bought this Luger in the late 1960's from a WWII vet's son whose father took it off a German prisoner. The vet was in a Nisei battalion (Japanese Americans who fought in Europe) and took it from a German in Italy.
Did the German Army collect them after WWI and re-issue them before WWII? Like when the soldier who was originally issued it in 1911 left service, they put it in the armory and re-issued?
Sorry for no pictures yet...I hope to get them on tonight!
UPDATE: Adding pictures
A couple notes..one of the grips has damage, it was repaired you'll notice. Also, the locking bolt is NOT original. My dad said (take it with a grain of salt) that when the vet brought it over from Germany, he had to make it non-fireable to get it back to the States...but I don't know if that is true or not.
Can anyone tell me what the unit markings represent?