SOLD FOR: $4,185
Model: 1906 Royal Portuguese Naval Luger
Serial Number: 104
Year of Manufacture: 1910 (A contract for 1000 pistols was placed with DWM in late 1909, but only about 800 were delivered before the abdication of King Manuel II in October 1910. Subsequent pistols were marked with a RP over a fouled anchor for the Republic of Portugal.)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Toggle Action Semi-Auto, Removable Magazine.
Markings: The front toggle is marked with a script “DWM” and the top of the chamber is marked with a “Crown / Fouled Anchor”. The back of the rear toggle, the bottom of the takedown lever and the left side plate, and the left side of the grip safety and trigger are marked “04”. The front of the frame under the barrel and the underside of the barrel are marked “104”. The left side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “MP” with the right leg of the M and the left leg of the P joined (this is the Marinha Portuguesa Portuguese Navy proof mark). The inside surfaces of the left grip panel is marked “4” while the right grip panels is marked with what looks like an “A”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a “V” notch in the back of the toggle and serrated ramped blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped base fixed to the front barrel band.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut that show oil staining. The right grip shows light wear in the checkering with a spot of moderate to heavy wear in the center of the grip. The left grip shows moderate wear in the checkering. The grips rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is blued. The safety, trigger, takedown lever, magazine release, and ejector are straw colored, and so bright they almost look gold plated. The sear bar spring and the pins holding the front toggle to the breechblock and the rear toggle to the receiver are fire blued.
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with light wear in the rifling. There is very light frosting in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 88% of its metal finish. There is thinning on the front edge of the barrel band, the front and rear edges of the frame, the left sideplate, backstrap, front strap, trigger guard and the back of the frame. There are a few light handling marks in the trigger guard and front strap and a mark through the finish on the left side of the frame from the safety. The serrations on the toggle knobs and safety are sharp and the knurling on the toggle knobs, takedown lever and magazine release show light wear. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action works correctly. This pistol has both a manual and a grip safety. We have not fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single magazine. The magazine has a nickel plated finish and a wooden bottom piece. The body shows very light wear while the bottom piece shows only two very light marks. The magazine is in about Fine to Excellent condition. However, “Lugers At Random” by Kenyon indicates the magazine bottom piece for this model was marked “CAL 9 M/M”.