SOLD FOR: $2,255
Model: Model 1914 Military
Serial Number: 6375a
Year of Manufacture: 1916
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Toggle Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver at the chamber is marked “6375”. The front toggle is marked with a script “DWM” and “75”. The back of the rear toggle, the takedown lever, the top of sear bar safety, the sear bar and the left side plate are marked “75”. The front of the frame under the barrel is marked “6375 / a” and the barrel in front of the frame is marked with “6375 / a” and “8,82”. The right side of the receiver has four inspection marks similar to the first four marks shown on line 10, Page 234 of “Luger Variations” by Harry Jones, for a 1914 DWM Military pistol.The top right of the barrel has the fifth mark, a sideways Eagle. There is another sideways Eagle stamped on the left side of the front toggle. The underside of the right grip is marked “75” and “Y”. The underside of the left grip is marked “O”, a script “d”, and what could either be “73” or “75”. The left side of the frame under the safety is marked “Gesichert”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “P”, “7”, “R”, “M” and “Z”. The right side of the grip frame is marked “D”, “V” and “B”.
Barrel Length: 3 15/16”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a “V” notch in the back of the toggle for a rear sight and a serrated ramped blade front sight dovetail set on the front barrel band.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut. The checkering shows light wear tending to heavy wear at the bottom of the grips. There is a small marred area at the bottom front of the right grip. There is a hint of play in the right grip on the frame. The grips rate in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is blue. The safety, trigger, takedown lever, right side of the magazine release and the ejector retain their original straw color.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 92% of its metal finish. The front edge of the barrel, the top of the front toggle and the edges of the receiver, left side plate, frame and trigger guard show thinning. There are three spots of pinprick surface erosion on the right side of the barrel and several small spots of surface frosting scattered over the receiver and left side plate. There is a spot of surface loss at the bottom of the front strap with pinprick surface erosion in its center. The right side of the frame has a few small nicks along its edge. The left side of the frame shows a light scratch from the safety. The toggle knobs are mainly sharp, but the right knob has a spot of moderate wear in the checkering. The safety serrations and the checkering of the magazine release and takedown lever are sharp. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action works correctly. We have not fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with two magazines, a brown leather hard shell top-flap holster and paperwork. The magazine in the pistol has a phosphate finish with a wooden bottom piece marked “6375 / a”. The magazine shows minimal wear with a sprinkling of surface frosting. The bottom piece is dark with oil staining and shows only three tiny nicks on its left side. It is in about Fine condition. The second magazine is bluewith an aluminum bottom piece marked “4658 / n”, “+” and with an “Eagle / 83” Waffenamt showing it was made at Mauserwerke in 1938-1939. It shows thinning in its finish with a few small nicks on each side of the bottom piece. The magazine is in about Very Good condition. The holster has a pouch sewn to its forward edge for a spare magazine, a top flap cover with a separate leather hinge, a pocket on the inside for holding a takedown tool (not included) and a leather pull strap to aid in pulling the pistol from the holster. The back of the holster has two belt loops for a belt up to about 2” in width. The top-flap has a narrow strap sewn to it which is secured to a buckle sewn to the front of the holster. The stitching along the rear edge of the holster is rotted but the rest of the stitching, the leather pull strap and the leather flap hinge are intact. The leather at the bottom of the magazine pouch and at the muzzle is badly worn, while the top flap is badly scarred. The holster is in about Fair condition. The paperwork consists of a signed letter from our consignor that this pistol once belonged to Army 1st Lt. Raymond Gordon Harris, papers from his service records showing he served in the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Germany in 1945 and won a Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (showing the second award of the medal) on April 15, 1945. Lt. Harris brought this pistol back with him. He entered the active duty on March 25, 1943 as a 2nd Lieutenant and his Reserve appointment as a 1st Lt. was terminated on April 1, 1953. Included with the paperwork is a cloth unit shoulder patch from the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
Our Assessment: This is a DMW Military 1914 Luger with matching numbers on pistol, magazine and grips. It also includes a spare magazine not serialized to the pistol, a brown leather hard shell top-flap holster and paperwork showing that this pistol once belonged to Army 1st Lt. Raymond Harris, a recipient of the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster (signifying the second award of the Bronze medal.) He earned the medal for his heroic conduct while serving with the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Germany on April 15, 1945 and brought the pistol with him when he came back home. This pistol is in about Fine overall condition, with 92% of its original finish remaining. It shows some thinning on its edges and a few spots of pinprick surface erosion on the barrel and front strap. The trigger, ejector and takedown lever still exhibit a bright straw color. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. This will make a great addition to a Luger collection or collection of German weaponry. Although the 1914 Military models were made in quantity, it isn’t every day that you find one with an original finish, all matching numbers and a period correct (WWII) holster, especially one that was brought back from a war theater by a Bronze Star with Oak Cluster recipient. There is even a cloth unit shoulder patch provided from the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
SOLD FOR: $2,255