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Lot 392: Imperial German DWM Model 1906 Navy First Issue Luger Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Rare and Desirable Pre-World War I Imperial German DWM Model 1906 Unaltered First Issue Navy Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Kiel Shipyard Marking

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Rare and Desirable Pre-World War I Imperial German DWM Model 1906 Unaltered First Issue Navy Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Kiel Shipyard Marking

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1906 Navy
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 658
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 329
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is a very fine example of an Imperial German DWM Model 1906 First Issue, unaltered, Navy Luger pistol, one of approximately 8,000 of this model originally manufactured. These were the standard pre-World War I Navy Luger issued to the Imperial German Navy all the way through World War I and even into the Weimar era. This first issue Navy 1906 Luger has the desirable 6 inch Navy barrel, two-position 100-200 meter Navy rear sight, grip safety, and the desirable first variation safety markings with "GESICHERT" in the lower position. The majority of these first issue Navy Lugers had their safety markings modified, with this rare example one of the very few that escaped this alteration and still retains its original safety marking in the lower position. It has all matching visible numbers with a correct unnumbered pre-war Navy magazine with nickel plated body and wooden base with concentric circles. The top of the chamber area is undated, and the standard "DWM" logo is marked on the front toggle. The underside of the barrel is marked with a "Crown/M" acceptance proof and a "Crown" firing proof on the left. The left of the barrel extension has the "Crown" firing proof followed by double "Crown/M" acceptance proof marks. "Crown" proof mark also located on the left of the breech block. It has the standard military style serial number placement with "1163a" marked on the underside of the barrel, front of the frame and the underside of the barrel extension. Various small parts are marked with the last two digits of the serial number. "W.K./1529" unit marking of Kiel Shipyard on the rear grip strap.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% original blue finish with a few small patches of light pitting, and crisp markings and edges in the metal. Half of the original straw finish remains on the small parts. Grips are also very fine with mostly clear checkering, some light scratches, and defined edges. Mechanically excellent. A rare example of a DWM Model 1906 unaltered first issue Navy Luger pistol that would make a fine addition to any Luger or German Military arms collection!



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