1925 Simson 

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This is a very rare 1925 Dated Simson & Co., Suhl Luger that was produced for the German Weimar Republic. Simson was the only company approved by the Allied Commission established by the Treaty of Versailles to produce the German Parabellum after WWI. It is a 9mm military model with a 100mm barrel and is all matching.  It has a stock lug and hold open, magnificently proofed with the Eagle 6 of Simson. The Luger comes with a proofed holster, 2nd matching magazine and a proofed loading tool.  (2124)

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Following the treaty of Versailles, the Inter-Allied Disarmament Commission  banned the manufacture of military weapons in Germany, except for export, and between 1919 and 1924 supervised the destruction of millions of small arms in Germany.  In the early 1920s the German military and police requested permission from the Commission to obtain parts for the repair of Parabellum 08 (Luger) handguns, and to manufacture new guns.  While agreeing to the request for parts as well as for new pistols, the Disarmament Commission insisted that the old arsenal at Erfurt (where military Lugers had previously been made) remain closed, and ordered that Erfurtís Parabellum manufacturing equipment and spare parts be shipped to the Simson factory in Suhl.  In 1925, after lengthy negotiations, Simson was given a government contract to manufacture 10,000 Parabellum pistols. 

 

This is a 1925 dated Simson. It is an Eagle 6 Simson w/1st & 2nd proofs plus acceptance marks. The Eagle proof indicates that this is a new manufactured gun. The first toggle link is marked with the Simson monogram, and there is the "V" rear sight on the last toggle link. The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is marked "Gesichert" with the safe position being downward.

 

Simson & Co., were the designated sole producers of the Parabellum after WWI. Simson began producing Lugers for the Weimar Republic from April 1, 1924 until March 31, 1934. Hence the 1925-1926 chamber dates. Some people write that dated Simsons are all re-works; others indicate that after the initial supply of parts from Erfurt were expended Simson built their own. No Simson worker has survived to document all the antidotal history so we have to surmise most of our information from collective inspections of various guns attributed to Simson and their multitude of identifying proofs.

The recent book by Edward Tinker and Graham Johnson, The Simson Luger has attempted to document by profusely illustrating the development of the Simson Luger and provides extensive research into this most prized collector Parabellum.  This is a marvelous gun to study for all the proofs it provides.

 

Matching magazine, matching grips, this Luger is complete. This is a very desirable gun for the Simson collector and does not usually appear in this fine condition. Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style; displayed on the left side of the receiver, the side plate, the locking bolt, the sear bar safety, the extractor, the forward toggle link, the front of the frame, under the barrel, and on the side of the trigger. This example has all matching numbers and a stock lug.

The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the left side of the receiver, under the barrel and the last two digits on most small parts. All serials match including a matching magazine. The finish on the gun is a function of polishing. Some parts of the gun have a very polished finish, showing the craftsmanship of these early Lugers.  At the bottom of the butt, marked by arrows are small Eagle 6 proof marks and a proof mark on the bottom of the thumb safety.

Almost indefinable, there are proof marks on the grip screws. Jan Sill in his book Weimar and Early Nazi Lugers pictures on page 69 and 71 shows the dated Simson. See also Kenyon, Page 222-223, Lugers at Random.  Erfurt Arsenal marked their screws with proofs and with the transfer of gun builders from Erfurt to Simson so came the traditional marking pattern.

There are inspector marks all over the weapon in a variety of eagle stamps. Most prominent is the Eagle 6 Simpson Military First Inspection proof. The sequence of proofs usually represents (from left to right) E/6, Receiver Hardened, Sm E/6 Ready for the Power Proof, E/6 After Shooting in and finally, the Weimar acceptance proof (Eagle) on the receiver and barrel after power proofing. Proof marks are well struck and clearly visible.

 

During World War I, Simson produced Mauser Gewehr 98 rifles for the German Army. In the aftermath of the war and the Treaty of Versailles, the reorganized Reichswehr was allowed to buy new handguns from only one company, so as to limit the ability of the German arms industry to recover. Larger manufacturers such as DWM were passed over in favor of Simson precisely because of its lower production capacity, and as such Simson was the sole producer of military-contract Luger pistols from 1925 to 1934. Simson made about 12,000 Lugers in this period.  Simson also was responsible for repairing and refurbishing existing firearms of the Reichswehr, though DWM was employed in the capacity as well, in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles. In addition to Lugers, Simson also repaired and refurbished Gewehr 98 and Karabiner 98b rifles, MG08 machine guns and MP18 submachine guns.

 

It has been said that most of the workers from the Erfurt factory where the practice of stamping and proofing the smallest of parts were brought to the Simson Luger production and so continued the tradition of the Eagle 6 proofs everywhere.

The inside of the gun is clean and in excellent condition.  This Luger needs a good home to extend its care.

1925 & 1926 were the only two years that Simson issued dated Parabellum.  It also coincides with the first contract years of the Allied Commission for Weimar Lugers.  The original records were lost during the war so most of the data is surmised by those who have studied the guns and flushed out with antidotal oral history.

It is believed that the estimated production of 1925 Dated Simson Lugers was approximately 600 guns. This gun appears to have been built with the majority of newly made Simson parts and so proofed  We know that not only did Simson get the machines and technicians from Erfurt they also received all the excess parts so it should not be unusual that these parts of found in early Simson Parabellums.

 

Simsonís success as the sole producer of the Luger aroused the ire of other gun makers in Germany.  In March of 1933, after Hitler became Chancellor, the Association of Zella-Mehlis Gun Manufacturers, led by Fritz Walther, sent Hitler a letter complaining that Simson held a monopoly that was forcing them out of business. Arthur Simson (the grandson of the company founder, Moses Simson) and several of his employees were eventually jailed by the Nazis in 1935 for tax evasion.  After seven months in prison, Simson was forced to admit evading income taxes and to sign the rights to his company over to Nazi Gauleiter Fritz Sauckel.  A few months after his release on bail, Simson fled to Switzerland and eventually to the United States of America. 

 

The inside of the grips in addition to being number to the gun also bear the Eagle 6 proof as does the loading tool.  This is a magnificent right with examples of all the characteristics.
The back of the magazine sleeve (spine) is stamped with the Eagle 6.  This was only done on the Simpsons' and denotes an original magazine.  The low three digit number is significant to the 1925 Dated Model.
 
It is difficult to determine, because Simson re-worked so many guns during the 1920's whether they began to manufacture the contracted Lugers' for the Weimar Republic first and then re-worked other Parabellum for the police and army in the late 1920's.  Some parts from DWM & Erfurt were distinctive to their manufacturing techniques show up on Simson marked Lugers throughout their run.  For instance there are varied theories on what the "S" toggle Simon represents.

1925 & 1926 were the only two years that Simson issued numbered Parabellums'.  The original records were lost during the war so most of the data is surmised by those who have studied the guns and flushed out with antidotal oral history.  In all our attempts to add empirical  precision to dates, styles, proofs, or other observed variations creates a plethora of variations.

In addition to all the other very rare applications to this Parabellum it is unit marked to the Infantry Regiment 6, 1st Company, weapon 22. Noted on the back of the receiver is the abbreviation of the weapon number. Also on the holster.

Front and back of this 1925 Simson showing the unit marking and the weapon number "22". Below left is the unity number next to the manufacturer cartouche.  Although this was a re-worked holster (accepted by the Weimar Republic and the 3rd Reich).

The holster also has the serial number of the gun under the flap and there are two holes drilled in the holster which indicates this gun was probably assigned as a guards gun in some facility.  The weapon was loaded and a wire was run through the trigger guard and out the rear and sealed.  If the gun was to be brought into action the seal was broken and the gun presented for duty. This may account for the excellent condition of the gun if it belonged to a desk guard.

On the back of the gun is the III Imperial Supply Region. This holster was made at the end of WWI, never issued until the Weimar republic and then again accepted with a Waffenamt Stamp in 1935.  Remaining in excellent shape.

Note the multitude of proofs, gauge markings and Simson early & Stage II proof throughout the Luger. Above Right is the arrow pointing to the extractor with the "Geladen" indicating is it loaded both visually and by feel in the dark; a specification for later model gun adopted by the "Wehrmacht".

It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder. 

 

This is a excellent variation of the Very Rare 1925 Dated Simson, with a multitude of proofs & matching magazine. The parabellum comes with a period holster, loading tool, and 2nd matching magazine for only $14,995.00 over the counter.

We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and no not warrant the availability of any firearm that does not have a cash deposit. This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. Call for availability.  Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

 

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