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Thread: How to ID your Luger

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    North of Spokane, WA

    Default How to ID your Luger

    Here are many things we look for to ID your Luger - see the pictures and then description

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    What did it come in? (holster, wood box, etc)
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    Anything interesting extra? (extra mags (describe them), tools, (describe them), extra parts? Books? Manuals? Bring back paperwork? Pictures of it in use or shown in WW2?
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    1. Take a picture of full left - it will explain to us very quickly what we see - 1908 - Artillery - Navy - 1900

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    2. Full right - not only does it show us, but we can see any proofs or other markings

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    3. Shot from above - this quickly shows us - YEAR - Who MADE - and we can see if a Police (sear safety)

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    4. Front of frame show us the serial number and any suffix - which pieced together from above helps tremendously

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    5. close up of left - shows serial number no suffix - then also shows us if military marked (not hidden)
    Also, if a commercial or early gun, it might show a crown N on the left

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    6. Front of grip strap - this shows us if unit marked - however.... see last

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    7. Magazines - do they match? if not, we can at least tell you what they are - these two are one WW1 wood and a later Weimar or WW2 aluminum bottom - both match and show they are police numbered

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    8. Close up of the right will show any markings, acceptance and proofs

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    9. Date stamp will show us if actual date or a 1920 governmental stamp (this 1920 is a govt stamp over a 1917 date stamp)

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    10. Rear of toggle is a place you also see for Unit markings

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    11. Here is an unusual spot for a unit marking, this one is police. Be advised that on rare occasions you will find one on the rear strap or the back of the toggle area. Also, Navy guns may be marked on the rear gripstrap
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    Last edited by Edward Tinker; 03-12-2015 at 12:07 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009


    This is a very nice show and tell, from my view point it should be a sticky it be a lot of help for the new collector that is looking for info for his new find!
    Ein Soldat
    Looking for K date Luger mag. the base needs to have the acceptance mark O-37 with #1088 with no Suffix number the mag. body on the spine needs to display the Haenle H
    Thanks for looking Pete

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2011


    This is a great idea ED. Other pistol or rifle specialists could elucidate highpoints of a
    particular model to photograph as well. Using your first five points to number 3 and taking it
    from there would be a great way to start. Thanks.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2015


    Great tutorial and I will now know what pic's to take for my uncles lugers. Appreciate this and wished I had seen this earlier so as not to brother so many folks

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    North of Spokane, WA


    thats why its here - its just a lot of good info to sift through - the stickies, the FAQ, the many posts...
    Edward Tinker
    Co-Author of Police Lugers
    Co-Author of Simson Lugers
    Author of Veteran Bring Backs Vol I -- Vol II and Vol III - a collection of stories on guns & equipment brought back by GI's.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Waynesville, NC


    Just to let you know, Ed, that this post is not buried, but still being enjoyed and used, in 2020! I never fail to learn something on this great forum!

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