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1906 Altered Imperial Navy   

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This is a 1906 DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken) Altered Imperial Navy.  This piece is a 6 inch (150mm) barreled 9mm Parabellum with the Navy adjustable rear sight and matching Navy magazine. The DWM monogram markings appear on the 1st toggle link and the extractor is marked 'Geladen' (Loaded).   This example has all matching serial numbers. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and when exposed (safety down) means safe.  (1011)

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The frame has the stock lug and the thumb safety. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen". The barrel is numbered and proofed to the weapon.  The gun has all matching serial numbers and the magazine is matching.

This Navy is the classic; complete with matching magazine. This model has a hold open latch and stock lug. There is the two-position (100-200m) sight on the rear toggle link and the last two digits of the serial number appear. This is a collector grade gun. This model Navy was believed to be produced in less than 8,000 quantity.  There are no letter suffix versions of the 1906 model.

The front site is dovetailed adjustable with the then standard sight blade.  Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style.  The serial number has no suffix which places it in the early military in 1917.  This Luger has all matching numbers. The barrel is numbered and scored and matches the frame.

Serial number placement is in the civilian ("hidden") style.   The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the bottom of the locking bolt, on the trigger, on the bottom of the barrel, the side plate,  the left side of the receiver, and under the first toggle. The magazine is matching with the Marinen Crown Proof & the matching serial number.

This is an extraordinarily marked gun. There is evidence of the W.W. North Sea (Wilhelmshaven Werft) markings over which the I Torpedo Division marking has been applied along with the weapon number. It was first issued to the Wilhelmshaven Warf and then to the Ist Torpedo Division (Imperial Marines)

 

Right the Marinen Proof and matching serial number of the magazine and barrel and receiver proof of the same number. 

See Kenyon, Lugers at Random, Page 150

There is a wide flanged rear main axel pin. You can see where the thumb safety was milled and switched.

This Luger variation is considered a 1st Issue "Altered" version because of the milling out of the original thumb safety and changing from safe up to safe down.  This was because when the original Navy contract was let the 1904 versions with one curled knob and one toggle with the lock was the weapon tested. The contract was slow being delivered and by the time more weapons were ordered the 1908 model had appeared with the thumb safety down.  The German Navy, in an effort to prevent confusion in 1912 ordered that all their Lugers be "altered" to match the current issue.  This produced the variations that Navy collectors covet today.

The inside of the gun shows very good care for a 100+ year old gun.  The condition of the gun is very good and barrel is well defined.  Here you can see the mechanism of the grip safety and the serial number it has.

 

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.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria. You can obtain this Luger with a C&R License or we can ship it to your neighborhood FFL Dealer.

 

This is a chance for the collector to have one of the most prestigious acquisitions, an all matching 1906 Altered Navy Luger to display or enjoy to it's fullest capabilities.   Questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

 

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