Sold For: $2,867
Model: Luger 1920 Commercial
Serial Number: 568m
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1920
Caliber: .30 Luger (7.65mm Luger)
Action Type: Toggle Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver at the chamber is marked with a crowned “N”. The front toggle is marked with a script “DWM”. The back of the rear toggle and bottom of the takedown lever are marked “68”. The front of the frame under the barrel is marked “568 / Germany / m” and the underside of the barrel in front of the frame is marked with a crowned “N”. The left side of the frame under the safety is marked “Gesichert”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “1”, “0”, “X” and either “A” or “K”.
Barrel Length: 11 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a notch in the back of the toggle for a rear sight and a serrated ramped blade front sight dovetailed into a serrated ramped base on the front of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut. The checkering shows light wear tending to moderate wear at the front edge of the right grip and down the center of the left grip. The left grip shows several minor mars in the checkering. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The pistol is blued. The trigger, safety and takedown lever retain their straw colored finish.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its metal finish. The front edges of the barrel frame and left side plate along with the bottom of the backstrap show thinning. there are a few tiny compression marks on the top and right front of the receiver and at the bottom of the front strap. There is a light scratch underneath the safety on the left rear of the frame and marks on the rear of the frame from the back edge of the rear toggle. The safety and toggle knobs show thinning and there is a wear mark on the bottom edge of the takedown lever. Otherwise the serrations/checkering are sharp. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action works correctly. We have not fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one in-the-white magazine. It has a wooden bottom piece marked “Germany”. The sides of the magazine show l light pinprick surface erosion and minimal wear. The bottom piece shows only minor handling marks. The magazine is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a DMW Commercial 1920 pistol with matching numbers on the receiver, rear toggle and takedown lever. It has an 11 ¾” Carbine barrel complete with ramped front sight. The 1920 Commercials were made with just about every barrel length available and often with a variety of “spare” parts. Most of the carbines, with or without forearms, were made with adjustable rear sights and this pistol only has a fixed rear sight on the rear toggle. This pistol is in Excellent condition with about 97% of its original finish remaining, showing only thinning on its edges and a very few marks. This is a fantastic find for the serious Luger collector, as there weren’t very many carbines made and therefore even fewer spare barrels for use as making up pistols from parts. This is going to look great hung on a wall next to an artillery model on one side and a full stocked carbine on the other.