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Info on "Luger"?

MgderfMgderf Member Posts: 907 ✭✭✭
edited April 2008 in Ask the Experts
I was recently shown a "Luger" style pistol and told it was from WWII.
Only 4 digit number stamped into back-strap. Also marked with S.D.IV
In a leather holster with take-down tool, and spare mag with wooden "pulls" on both magazines. It appears to be about 9mm, but there are no caliber markings.
Can anyone offer any more info?

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    Wehrmacht_45Wehrmacht_45 Member Posts: 3,377
    edited November -1
    Nope. You need to supply more info or pics.
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The "S.D." marked Lugers have been quite controversial over the years. It's believed though by knowledgeable folks that this is merely the marking used by the City of Dusseldorf, Germany Police Department, i.e. "S.D."= Schutzpolizei Dusseldorf.
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    perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,107 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hello MOST lugers will have 4 digit serial numbers on 2 or three places plus the last 2 digits on the small parts plus a letter code under the 4 digits on the receiver Plus a date code and makers name or code on the top receiver and toggle UNLIKE the U.S. made guns the Germans started with serial 1 each month of each year the letter code is the month and the date code on the top is the year Plus at least 3 Companies made them there could be over 100 Guns with the same 4 digits . Pictures are a must close up and in focus to even make a WAG on value of a LUGER TYPE they were made in both 30 caliber and 9MM .355 bore size. Cheers Karl
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    drsckdrsck Member Posts: 992
    edited November -1
    If you go to Gortz and Bryans, German Small Arms Markings..., page 104, you'll see a photo of a marking, S.D. VI.1003. and the caption notes that it is "marked in accordance with the 1932 police instruction: 'Schutzpolizei in the administrative district of Dusseldorf, precinct VI, pistol number 1003'. ... from a 1910/1920 double dated DWM Luger, ... now owned by the Bavarian Army Museum at Ingolstadt." If you go to Simpson's website, you'll find police pieces priced from $1300 to a little less than $3000, depending. There is one currently listed as "S.D. VIII.3.117" but without the holster for $1495. Of course, most folks will say that Simpson is way high, but then they go and us them as the base for their own pricing. Within the past few months, there was a similar one listed on GB several times but my bid of $1000 wasn't enough. Pictures and info on the holster, mags, etc. would aford a better idea of price, but as you describe it, but even without them it would be safe to say that it seems to be in the $1500 ballpark. If you more info., go the the luger forum where there is one section devoted to police pieces Hope this helps.
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    MgderfMgderf Member Posts: 907 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks for all the info. Gives me some place to start.
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