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    Default 1918 Erfurt unit markings help

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    Hi everyone. I'm looking for some assistance with identifying the possible unit that these markings represent. These are located on the front grip strap of my 1918 Erfurt Luger. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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    It is extremely rare for a 1918 Luger to have been marked by the unit to which it was issued. The mark on your Luger doesn't follow military directives either.

    My best guess is a post war Weimar era mark, possibly police or para-military but not likely military.
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    That's disappointing, but thank you! Hopefully someone on here will have information on the markings.
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    1936 Mauser S/42 magazine numbers 270 M and 5610 M
    1939 Mauser Luger Side Plate# 73
    1917 DWM Luger Firing Pin# 20
    1918 Erfurt Luger Firing Pin# 22

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    A diagonal slash is characteristic of Reichswehr unit marks. Wacker & Görts lists one unit mark beginning with 11 (eleven, eleventh batterie) and quite a few beginning with II (second battalion). All the other characteristics of the mark are so far out of the ordinary for a unit marking that even a Reichswehr connection is indefensible.

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    I see this isn’t going to be an easy one! 😂
    I do appreciate you guys responding! Thank you for your time!

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    after blowing up the image to me it appears to be a Reichswehr unit mark of 11/353, with the first "3" being double struck as well as poorly struck. Now what those particular numbers represent I am not sure. They look like an 11 rather than II to me at which point its an 11th division of something. then the gun number. As stated previously Unit marked lugers are scarce. so that's just my opinion.
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    Wow, it does look like it may be a double stamped 3.

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    Try 11th company infantry regiment 353. This is an Imperial Regimental Marking.

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    I know of no police unit that used the slash. Perhaps this was a Reichswehr provisional mark.
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    Thanks for responding everyone. This is turning out to be a lot harder than I initially thought.
    James

    Searching for:
    1936 Mauser S/42 magazine numbers 270 M and 5610 M
    1939 Mauser Luger Side Plate# 73
    1917 DWM Luger Firing Pin# 20
    1918 Erfurt Luger Firing Pin# 22

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