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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 all matching.  It has a stock lug and hold open, magnificently proofed with the Eagle 6 of Simson.  (1115)

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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 Eagle 6 Simson 1st & 2nd proofs plus acceptance marks. The Eagle proof indicates that new manufacture. 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.

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, others do not.  This in part is the result of "parts" being incorporated from Erfurt stocks and newly manufactured Simson parts.

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

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, E/33 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 is difficult to determine, because Simson re-worked so many guns during the 1920's whether they began to manufacture the contracted Lugers' foe the Weimar Republic first and then re-worked other Parabellum for the police and army in the late 1920's.  Some part from DWM & Erfurt 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.

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. 

 

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.

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. We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and no not warrant the availability of any firearm.  Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com .  This 1925 Simson Luger is offered, over-the-counter for $6,495.00.

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