NOT necessarily.The 514th one made in 1914...
The Alpha Numeric numbering for Imperial Military lugers start at 1 then go to 10,000 before repeating with a letter prefix. Which reset each year. Mine does not have a letter prefix.NOT necessarily.
Please look at the front of the frame, and you'll see a lower-case letter over the number.
Production runs began at a001 through a9999, then started over at b001 to b9999 and so on.
Note that for the record the little letter is part of the serial number and should not be ignored.
Many millions of P.08 pistol were made between 1908 and 1945, so it is obvious that you'd need far more serial numbers than 0 - through 9999 and a YOP.
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Try this.... Lots of marking explanations..Here's my new toy:
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Couple of markings I have no idea what they are:
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Disassembled it and the slide rings like a tuning fork when I give it a tap, the barrel is very sharp and clean inside.
I was worried though...when I got home I tried to cock it, the toggle wouldn't budge!!!
There was slight movement in the barrel/slide, enough that I could flip the takedown lever and remove the side plate. I slide the assy off the frame, saw nothing odd, and reassembled the gun. The only thing I can think of was the coupling link(?) must have not been positioned correctly when the seller last did anything to it and shipped it that way. Seems good to go now and I did let him know so he would try to make sure in the future his guns are in good working order.
No birth certificate on this one, so I'm assuming it's a mutt but it's my mutt and I like it. I see nothing that would prevent me from shooting it.
Thank you. I learn something new every day.The Alpha Numeric numbering for Imperial Military lugers start at 1 then go to 10,000 before repeating with a letter prefix. Which reset each year. Mine does not have a letter prefix.But thanks for the reply. It is always important to fact check anyone's claims.