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1918 Dated Erfurt Luger  SOLD

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This is the classic Imperial Model made by Erfurt. The Royal Arsenal at Erfurt Germany manufactured Lugers for the German Military from 1910 until 1918 in Prussia Germany.  Made for the Imperial Army these models are all military versions. (987)

1918 Erfurt Top Logo

 

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1918 Erfurt Left Proofs

The barrel length is 4" (100mm) and is chambered for 9mm. The frame, locking bolt, trigger, safety bar, and hold open along with the barrel, receiver, toggle links, side plates are all matching serial numbers. The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is marked "Gesichert" with the safe position being downward. 

179th Infantry Regiment

The unit markings indicate this weapon was assigned to the 179 Infantry Regiment (Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm König von Preßuen (14. Königlich Sächsisches) Nr. 179

 

1918 Erfurt Right Proofs

The 1910 Erfurt Imperial Acceptance stamp with the cross of peace and the bar of justice is found on the right frame and right barrel.

Here is the close up the right side with the the Inspector's proofs and the Erfurt Military Acceptance proof on the receiver and on the barrel. Inspection proofs are visible all over the individual parts of the gun.  These include the Imperial Army acceptance proof on the barrel and the side frame plus the inspectors stamps on all small parts.

1918 Erfurt Barrel Markings

This 1918 Luger is characterized by the 9mm  4" (100mm) barrel however it appears from the front of the frame it was at one time destined to be an artillery model as the cut in the front of the frame was for the leaf sight. Erfurt started this practice in 1914 when they produced the artillery (150mm barrel) model and simply made all the frames the same.  The rear sight is "V" cut fixed and front dovetailed sight and the frame has the stock lug and hold open device.  This model of the Luger was produced from 1914 until 1918 for the German Military.  The extractor is marked "Geladen" (loaded) and the thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" (safe).

The Erfurt's are the most proofed models of Parabellums. There are inspector marks all over the weapon in a variety of crowed stamps. This weapon has the stock lug and clean walnut grips.

 Proof marks are well struck and clearly visible. If you have Sam Costanzo's World of Lugers Proof Marks you can spend days looking up all the proofs this gun has. Every Luger can tell you a story if you're willing to explore and learn from it.

 

1918 Erfurt Luger Interior View

Everyone needs one Erfurt in their collection just to study proof marks.  This is a basic collectors gun that has all the study proofs you could ask for. This weapon is designated as a Curios and Relic (C&R) and be sent to those licensed persons.

1918 Erfurt Unit Marked Front Proofs
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. 

 

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