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The Luger producers

luger pistol mauser simson dwm erfurt

Simson rework - encircled S marking


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Luger pistol producers

- Who produced Luger pistols
- German Map with locations

Erfurt Lugers - Historic details

The arsenal's origin
The production strategy
- From Erfurt to ERMA
- Detailed production board

Markings on Erfurt Lugers

Three types of crowns can be found
- A
host of various control stamps
The Crowned RC, standing for "Revisions Commission"
A Crowned P marking
- Unit markings are also found

An Erfurt Luger back from East Germany

- A
n ERFURT Luger that had a very long service life
- T
he pistol was drafted into service in  East Germany
The pistol was modified during the thirties
New proof markings were applied
A unit marking which relates to the Düsseldorf Police
The police administrative district codes

The Royal Spandau Arsenal

Initially, Spandau was a fortress
Lugers were checked by Spandau inspectors
Lugers whose toggle was struck with a Spandau crowned logo
The so-called "production" is estimated at about 200 pistols
- If all of these pieces are not fakes ...

The Vickers Lugers

Vickers & Co.which was founded at Sheffield (England) in 1823
- An
activity, oriented toward war battleship building
Vickers was to handle a Dutch contract for Luger pistols
These Lugers were proofed under English law
- The English firearms regulation

The Simson Lugers

The firm SIMSON & Co, Waffenfabrik , Suhl, Thuringia
Simson acquired the ERFURT arsenal machinery
- The rework of the pistols still available in remaining inventories
Simson Lugers were very similar to ERFURT's
- The Simson markings
- A total Luger production estimated at around 25,000 pistols
- The "Simson & Co" marking replaced by a single "S"
- In 1934, the firm was dismantled by the Nazis

Krieghoff Lugers - Historic details

In 1886, Ludwig Krieghoff founded a sporting guns factory
Ludwig had two sons named Ludwig Jr. and Heinrich
Among its military oriented projects was a semi-automatic rifle
- The H. Krieghoff company commercialized DWM Lugers
- The rear face of the frame struck "KRIEGHOFF SUHL"
An order of 10,000 Luger pistols for the "Luftwaffe"
Luger production means were tooled by the firm's engineers
- Only Krieghoff Lugers bear "Luftwaffe" acceptance markings
- A small quantity of Lugers sold on the commercial market
- Today the firm KRIEGHOFF is based at ULM

Krieghoff Lugers - Military production

It only represents a total of some 13,825 pieces
The "G" and "S" chamber codes
- Military production figures detailed by serial ranges
The original contract of 10,000 pieces
- The 1940 production
- The complementary 1940 - 1944 production
- The last delivery of 1944 - 45

Krieghoff Lugers - Commercial production

A capital "P" prefix letter along with the serial number
Commercial production figures detailed by serial ranges
- Production figures detailed by serial ranges
The first group, from P1 to P999
- The second group includes some fifty pistols
- The last group begins with serial number P1060 until P1280
- When the Krieghoff's plant was "liberated" by the US troops
The Krieghoff made Lugers are easily identified
- A "fzs" code was given to Krieghoff

Krieghoff Military Production Markings

- The inspectors were accredited by the "Luftwaffe"
The inspection process covered two stages
- The problem of incorrect headspace
- A four or five pointed star rejection mark
- Aside from the "Luftwaffe" acceptance markings
- The still mysterious "Kü" Lugers
- The LA or ZA or LZA marking

Mauser - Historic details

- The Mauser legacy began in the modest circumstances
The brothers, Paul and Wilhelm Mauser
- Their rifle officially adopted as the "Infanteriegewehr Modell 1871"
- The Mauser brothers founded their first factory, in 1872
- Around 1875, the Mauser company began to develop a revolver
- The semi-automatic pistol had appeared on the scene
- The pistol was called the "C96"
- The 1907-1914 era : A growing interest for small caliber pistols
- On May 30, 1922, the company's name was changed
- In 1932, a new model, sometimes called the "712", was launched
- In 1937, a new model appeared : The Hsc

Mauser Lugers - Commercial production

- During the years 1930 through 1934
The serial suffix letters : "s"," t" and "u"
- An order by the firm A. F. Stoeger, of New York
- Stoeger sole agent for DWM's after Hans Tauscher had left
- The major part of the production delivered to German Police
- Dates codes like "K"(1934), "G" (1935)
- Commercial production figures by serial ranges and customers

Mauser Lugers - Commercial Foreign Contracts

- The Portuguese Lugers
The Latvian Lugers
- The Dutch Lugers
- The Siamese Lugers
- The Swedish Lugers
The Turkish Lugers
- The Persian Lugers
- Commercial Lugers 1934/06

Mauser Military Lugers

- Military production figures by serial ranges and markings
The Lugers S/42 (K)
- The Lugers S/42 (G)
- The Lugers S/42 (1936 - 1939)
- The Lugers 42 (1939-1940)
- The last variations "byf" 41 and 42

The Last Mauser Lugers

- The last -1942- Mauser Luger
The Luger "byf / 42" serial nummer 3061n
An entwined "RW" marking
Recent Mauser production

Current Lugers prices and Bibliography

- B&B Auction - August 1993
Many specific books


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