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The DWM Lugers

Luger DWM

1898 model with modified toggle-knobs (The fakes issue exposed)

Most Lugers collectors and knowledgable amateurs in the field of handgun collecting are probably aware of the German firm DWM and its role in the development of the Luger. But, many of those who will one day have a WW II Mauser made Luger may not have any idea of the history of the development of the Luger which begun during the 1890's. It is an interesting story of the evolution of the Borchardt pistol, from its being a new concept and workable pistol, with some noticable drawbacks, to the handsome and unique Luger that was mass produced in the first half of the twentyth century.

The firm DWM firm owned the original Luger patents and produced the weapon until the manufacturing capability was transferred to its subsidiary firm Mauser in 1930.

During the years it was manufactured by DWM, many models of the Luger were produced, and many countries tested it and bought it for their armed forces.

This E-book focuses on the firm DWM with an emphasis on the interesting time period when George Luger worked on, and made improvements to the Brochardt - Luger pistol. 



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Content of our E-book

The firm DWM - A brief history

- The firm LOEWE und Cie
The Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik (DM)
The Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken AG (DWM)
The Berlin-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke (BKIW)
The Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe (IWK)

The evolution of the Borchardt pistol

- The Borchardt pistol
- The Borchardt hold-open device improvement
- The
Borchardt improved model of 1909
- The mysteries about the 1909 model
- A patent for a trigger mechanism

From the Borchardt to the Luger pistol

- The roots of the story
- DWM requested that Luger undertake the redesign
- The chronology of Georg Luger's earliest involvement
- The transitional models until the 1898 model

Luger's patents and the issue of fakes

- The list of the German patents granted to Georg Luger
- The difficulty of unmasking some of the very well made fakes
- How fakers are helped.
- The "pre-production transitional/prototype 1900" US fake
- The fundamental problem in exposing fakers
- It is very difficult to fault their machining and re-finishing
- One of the most interesting Luger patents explained

The DWM commercial production - Part I

- Commercial production 1900-1918 (serial numbers & quantities)
- The Swiss DWM Lugers
- The Dutch Lugers
- The Bulgarian Lugers

The DWM commercial production - part II

- The Russian Lugers
- The Portuguese Lugers
- The Bolivian Lugers
- The Brasilian Lugers
- The Mexican Lugers
- The French commercial Lugers

The DWM German Military production

- Production figures, by models and periods
- Naval Lugers
- Standard military Lugers
- Lugers long (Artillery model)

The DWM Luger's markings

- Commercial and military proof marks
- Unit markings
- Recall of the post WWI German History
- The death's head marking

Post WW I DWM production

- The law of 1920 - the 1920 marking explained
- Estimated production and serial blocks
The weapons supply office ( Waffen-Amt )
- The specific markings of the period
- The foreign commercial market - Stoeger import
- The new commercial serial range with a suffix letter
The Commercial production from 1921 to 1928 (figures)
- Abercrombie & Fitch Lugers
The Finnish Lugers

Transitional period before transfer to Mauser

- The armament of the German State Polices
- On January 30, 1933 Hitler was appointed Chancellor
- Refurbished Lugers
- The Naval Lugers markings
Production of the transitional period 1929-1930 (figures)
The WaA66 acceptance markings

A rare piece of "History"

- The kind of historical piece that makes experienced collectors happy
- Current value of the DWM Lugers

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