1916 DWM P-08 Luger
When I first decided to get a Luger, I figured I'd get one from the First World War, and leave the Second World War covered by a P-38.
The Luger seems more of a weapon from "The Great War", than from that later conflagration.
This is now the FOURTH 1916 DWM I've owned. I don't really know why, but I like that year.
I can't say if it has to due with the see-saw nature of the war, historically, or if it is nothing more than the numerical "look" of the font of the digits in the date stamping.
I don't know, but I like 1916's better than the others...though I'd also like a 1914, and a 1917. 1915's, and 1918's just don't do a lot for me.
Under barrel markings. Serial number, bore diameter, and index mark.
Notice how little wear there is on the back-strap. There is some oxidation, but not a lot of wear.
This was the fourth 1916 DWM I've owned. I've tried "swapping" up on each to a nicer specimen. I found this one on an online Auction site after deciding to trade-up my last one.
I had searched 8 pages of Luger's and there, second to last on the final page, was this one.
It had a really low "Buy it now" price, which was way below what collector grade Lugers are selling for, by about half.
"It must be a shooter grade piece", I thought, "It must have some flaw", but it looked so nice. I read on:
"Excellent condition, manufactured in 1916, all matching numbers (except magazine), bore is excellent."
"Hmmm", thought I, "what gives? It looks fine. I can see the numbers match. Must have an import stamp."
I fired off a couple questions to the seller, to determine if the grips matched, if it had an import stamp, and if he would honor a three-day/non-shooting inspection period, which is a courtesy many collectors and sellers exchange.
I waited for his reply.
I waited, and looked at the pictures.
I looked, and looked...
I waited, looked at the pictures, and thought of all the other Luger connoisseurs who were about to click the "buy it now" button.
I could wait no further.
I clicked the button.
Then, having just bought another 1916 DWM luger, I called the seller as soon as the Auction site provided me with the post-auction contact information.
He told me I was the luckiest guy on Gunbroker, then he told me why.
His son handles all his internet dealings, and had mistakenly swapped the "buy it now" prices between this pistol that was
going to sell for $2200, with a blemished, and re-finished shooter-grade Luger they were going to offer at around $700...
I winced as I listened to his story, waiting for him to apologize and call the deal off.
I offered to let him cancel the transaction with no hard feelings, but he said he was a man of his word, and I had won fair and square.
It is sadly rare in this day and age to find a businessman who maintains his honor and integrity above the bottom line.
J.D. at Connecticut Gun Exchange is a one such man, and I hope the Kharma bird pays him a much deserved visit. I also hope he doesn't fire his son...
The "71" is in there, along with some other proofs, but they're hard to see in these pictures.
I still can't believe my luck in acquiring this pistol for the price I paid.
I've gotten a little screwed on some of my purchases, so maybe it was my turn to have a little luck.
Regardless, I think I've finally found the DWM for me.
Hopefully, I won't need to go 1916 shopping again anytime soon.
Until the next one comes along...
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