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Old June 20, 2013, 02:00 PM   #26
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I inherited a 1920 Commercial, similar to the OPs. The exterior and bore were not in great shape, but otherwise it was tight and clean. I had it rebarreled, refinished, and a trigger job performed by a local Luger specialist, and I really enjoy occasionally shooting it. Last time was a grudge match against a buddy who has a '42 Mauser, his a John Martz restoration.
My gun is not really at all finicky, as far as function is concered, as long as the ammo is of sufficient power, and it fits in the magazine. I resize .311"-.312" bullets, and not all have the right shape, construction, or proper location of the cannelure.

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Old June 21, 2013, 03:59 PM   #27
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That pickelhaube might be worth more than the pistol!
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Old June 22, 2013, 11:26 AM   #28
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I made it for $30, from a "helmet night" souvenir and a belt buckle! It's great for the range, and Oktoberfest.
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Old June 22, 2013, 02:11 PM   #29
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I love that pic. It says "if I was in Germany in 1914, I would look really cool, man!"
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Old June 22, 2013, 03:49 PM   #30
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the "M" throws me. It appears to match the 1920 commercial in all other regards, but a quick trip through the Standard Catalog of Luger and I couldn't find that specific cursive "M" anywhere (although I'm positive I've seen it somewhere before).

The closest I could find was that exact cursive "M", but with the letter "A" partially entwined below the M. This is listed as a marine arsenal acceptance mark. And it has no business on a .30 Luger.

A little further reading indicates that the "M" might signify the pistol was reworked by Mauser, but that is speculation, and wouldn't be "right" for a .30 Luger, either.

The 1920 Commercial should have "made in Germany" or "Germany" marked on the frame, however it appears that some were not marked.

You need a real Luger guru for this one, I think. One thing mentioned in the book, its those little markings that make the difference between a common Luger and a really rare one, or as the author put it "between a $500 pistol and a $50,000 one"...

Commercial proof, ok. .30 Luger, ok. Not frame marked ? apparently ok. But the "M"? its beyond my reference material. Sorry, you need someone more expert than I to ID that one.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old June 22, 2013, 11:16 PM   #31
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The "m" is simply the suffix letter, part of the serial number. German military Lugers (and other small arms) were numbered by each manufacturer starting at 1, going to 9999, then 1a to 9999a, 1b to 9999b; 6652m followed 6651m and preceded 6653m. At the start of each year, numbers rolled over to 1, so a full Luger description to be unique would include the manufacturer, the year, and the full serial number including the suffix letter. The full serial may appear only on the front of the grip frame, though it would normally be on the barrel as well.

Note that the Luger pictured has the military style numbering, but the commercial number positions. That, plus the different number font on the barrel and the crown/N commercial proof, indicate a reworked WWI military pistol, with a new 7.65mm barrel numbered to match the grip frame, and the other numbers removed and re-stamped in the commercial locations.

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