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I have a 1915 German luger in 9mm. It has some proof marks and looking to see what they mean. Just out of curiosity. Thank for any help..
I don't understand the 115 gr. WIN. W.B. My Luger has been in our family since 1960 and it's always had 124 gr. Rem. ball run through it. I shot it last spring, one magazine functioned flawlessly.I'm too lazy to look for you but try here : The Luger Forum
there's a section of "markings" where you might find what you're looking for
and if you can't find it there, try posting your question(s) here :
by the way, if you're shooting your Luger I hope you're using WWB 115gr
Odd since the Germans shot 124 gr ball. I have several boxes of the German stuff.foley, er, tac, dang.....the reply in post # 12 is correct (ref the WWB 115gr ammo for shooting thru 9mm Lugers) - it's the consensus of the very large Luger community that it's the safest, most reliable brand/weight to use
I'm still suggesting that you head to the 2 referenced websites that I posted in post # 2 to get definitive answers to your questions.....better photos will help those folks and there's even an article on how to submit the needed photos in order to get the most help - those folks are Luger pros
I know its not 100% numbers matching, but its this the numbers your looking at? Not sure where the 157 is at...Your mis-matched P.08 has been heavily refinished, to say the least, judging by the many rounded edges. The serial number letter in the underside of the barrel is almost invisible. No WW1 or 2 P.08 ever had such a high gloss finish. Also, the 'straw' plating is wearing off some parts - as this is a heat treatment, it fades over time, but does not wear like that.
For comparison, here is my 1918 DWM P.08 - please note the fade of the strawed parts...
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The side plate should be numbered, and should every other part of the pistol, including the striker, with the last two digits. Most importantly, the frame has a different serial number to the barrel - 157? c? V. odd.
My friend, itsa bitsa.
The value has gone down like an anvil tied to another anvil.
As for shooting Winchester White Box 115gr, the general consensus among Luger shooters is that it is the best and kindest load for any of our old/VERY old pistols.
Ask Ron Woods, who has literally hundreds of 'em.
I purchased it to shoot it.. Someday.. At least that's my plan...That is one pretty Luger! I have a 1916 DWM - without the beauty makeover. Mine's all matching - except the barrel (which I assume was shot out). I always wanted a Luger from back when I was just a kid. I have to shoot my guns, so buying a mis-matched gun was not any issue for me. In fact, it's what allows me to fully enjoy owning it.
The recommendation for the Winchester "white box" is simply because it's the most widely available ammunition to shoot in a collectable Luger that is least likely to cause any damage. Serious Luger collectors seem to fall in the small percentile of gun owners who do not choose to reload - at least that is my perception.
I post and remain a member of the "Luger Forum", but it's not a forum just for anyone. They cater to collecting and high-end Luger ownership. You can certainly join and participate - just know (and have done all of your homework) before you post there. Know that the members will obviously be able to tell and will respond accordingly, which not all people tend to do very well with. The "high-end Luger world" is a small club and probably one of the lest penetrable niches in the world of gun people. As such, I tread lightly and respectfully there and have no problems. I have seen less articulated souls enter badly and leave quickly, as it is their forum.
There's a lot you can do using carefully qualified Google searches that will pull the information you seek out from the deep confines of the Luger knowledge base without you ever having to enter. If your "Google-Foo" is sharp, you'll find everything you need to know not just about your Luger, but pretty much everything else as well.
Anyways, shoot that Luger all you can - because life is too short not to.