SKU: C28751



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9mm Luger; 70% blue, 20% straw, good bore, good grips, 4'' barrel, Rare 1907 "SELBSTLADEPISTOLE (Luger)", short frame new model conversion to P.08 standard. Machine Gun Detachment unit marked on front grip frame strap "72.R.M.G.70." (Thuringisches Infantry Regiment Nr 72, Machine Gun Detachment, Weapon 70). DWM monogram on top of toggle. This gun was originally one of 220 delivered as a New Model with grip safety for instructional purposes to experimental machine gun detachments in mid 1907 in anticipation of the adoption of the P.08 pistols. After the P.08 entered service this gun was reworked to P.08 configuration by removal of the grip safety and alteration of the Gesichert mark safety position at the Erfurt factory with special inspection stamped safety lever parts and left grip panel. The holdopen was added at an even later time in 1913. Frame with no stock lug. No date stamp over the chamber. Partially visible lower "Gesichert" mark crudely removed from lower position and added to upper position to accommodate P.08 style safety. Large digit frame serial number exclusive to this special order batch. All numbered parts are matching. Also British proofed. This gun is featured on pages 483 and 1151 of the book by Joachim Gortz and Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess "The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols". This is one of the rarest military variation Luger pistols. Provenance: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Condition: Good over all. Retaining 70% original blue and 20% original straw, with some parallel scratches and corrosion on front and back grip frame straps. Bore is lightly worn with frosting. Checkered walnut grips are moderately worn with minor indents and chips to checkering. Plain wood bottom magazine is excellent with some minor dings to the wood and scattered corrosion on the body. Mechanics are sound. C&R/FFL, s/n 40, Catalog Number D-253