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1916 German Navy Weimar Marked Left Side View
This is a 1916 DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken)  Imperial Navy This piece is a 6 inch (150mm) barreled 9mm Parabellum with the Navy adjustable rear sight and matching Navy magazine.  (714)

Imperial Navy 1916 Model

This Navy is the classic; complete with matching magazine.  The finish is 98+% Blued and 98+% straw blued and model has a hold open latch and stock lug..

Serial number placement is in the commercial ("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.  These are characteristic of the Navy.

Imperial 1916 German Navy Breach Block Extractor

The 1917 Navy has the thumb safety and a stock lug. This Luger has all matching numbers. There are many theories as to why the rings on the Navy magazines; 7.65 - vs. - 9mm, to separate the magazines for accountability. In any case it makes it easy to identify a Navy.

WWI German Navy 1916 Luger

 

In August 1904 the German Navy underwent testing of 5, 9mm Selbstladepistolem Model 1904 from DWM. The trial was successful and in September 1904 the Navy asked the Kriegsministerium to order 2,000 Model 1904 navy pistols as soon as possible.  Thus began to first acceptance of the 'Luger' by the German military.  The 1904 Navy incorporated the new coil mainspring, the new extractor with the loaded-chamber markings.  These "improvements" were underway during the testing an acceptance of the navy model.

 

The first toggle link is marked with the DWM logo.  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.

Serial Numbers on 1916 German Navy Luger

The Crown M proof on the barrel and other parts is the Marinen (Navy) proof of the Imperial Navy.

The 302 serial number is a very early 1916 model and as such may have been used for training, supporting the "S" School proof.

Here you can see the matching serial number of the barrel, the front of the frame, the locking lever and the bottom of the side plate.

 

 

 

The Navy front sights had the year of manufacture on the left side of the sight, a distinction shared only with Imperial Navy's.

Magazine of 1916 German Navy Long Barrel Luger

The magazine is matching with the Marinen Crown Proof & the matching serial number and the same "S" proof that appears on the right frame and rear grip strap.

 

Navy's were marked as like the commercial models with the side plate and locking lever numbered on the bottom and not on the side.

This is an "all matching" Luger in extraordinary condition for a 1916 Navy with honest wear on the front of the muzzle and exposed edges of the side plate.

 

The mystery of this 1916 lies in the "S" which is found on the right of the frame, the magazine bottom and then on the bottom of the back strap.  This is above the weapon number which is 34 and above the Weimar Anchor and "M" for the Weimar Navy.  It can only be assumed that the "S" is for "Schule" or school and was used as a training weapon.  The pristine condition of the guns denies its exposure to salt water so it appears that it never went to sea.

Weimar Marked German Navy Proof Marks

Rear Sights German Navy Luger 1916 Dated

The 100/200 meter Navy sight. The Navy was issued with a stock and holster similar to the 8" (200mm) Artillery model for the Navy Marines. This is the basic Navy that collectors either add or upgrade into their collections.  Truly collector quality.

This Luger is identified as a curio and can be send directly to C&R licensees and above.   Questions to: josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com 

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See Grtz, The Navy Luger

See Kenyon Lugers at Random Page 156.

The inside of the gun is very and well cared for over the years.  This gun is an exceptional Luger being in such fine shape and bearing all the correct proofs and markings to make it a text book "Navy".

 

This excellent example of both the Imperial and Weimar Navy gives the collector nearly two variations in one.  Plus it is unit marked. 

 

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