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Luger Proof/Acceptance Mark Identification Guide (1898-1945)

This is one of a series of identification guides for small arms. To the best of our knowledge, all the examples shown are original pre-1945 manufacture. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please contact Vern@GermanDaggers.com.

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Luger Proof/Acceptance Marks






Commercial Barrel Proof (7.65mm)
1900 and 1906 models



Commercial Barrel Proof (9mm)
1902 and 1906 models



Commercial Receiver and Toggle Proof
1900, 1902, 1906, 1908 models



Danzig Arsenal Left and Rear Receiver Proof
1900, 1902 models



Lugers produced by/for Georg Luger
1900, 1902 models



Commercial Proof
1908-1914 models



Swiss Shooting-in Proof
Federal Arms Factory Berne



Swiss Acceptance Proof - Major Vogelsang
1900 and 1906 Swiss models (until 1912)



Swiss Acceptance Proof - Captain Nievergelt
1906 Swiss models



Swiss Acceptance Proof - Colonel Muhlemann
1906 Swiss models (1913-1918)



Navy Barrel Proof (left - bottom of Barrel, right, left side of Barrel)
some 1904-1908, all 1914 models



Navy Receiver Proof
some 1904-1908, all 1914 models



Military Receiver Proof
Only on 1908 civilian/military variation



Military Receiver Proof
Only on 1908 military without Chamber Dates



Military Receiver Proof
Only on 1908 military with Chamber Dates



Military Proof
Barrel and Breechblock 1908 models, Breechblock 1914 models



Military Receiver Proof (various letters)
DWM 1914 models



Military Receiver Proof (various letters)
Erfurt 1914 models



Military Barrel Proof
Erfurt 1914 models



Arsenal Proof for repair, refurbish, or modification (left - Erfurt, right - DWM



Arsenal Proof for added holdopen device
1908 models



Bohler Steel Barrel Proof
digits are grade of hardness



DWM Barrel Proof



Dutch Military Acceptance Proof
1906 models



British Proof
Vickers Manufacture



British Proof
Imported models



Portuguese Military Acceptance Proof
1906 contract



Portuguese Navy Acceptance Proof
1906 contract



Brazilian Military Acceptance Proof
1906 contract



Commercial Nitro Proof
Lugers produced after 1920



Polizeischule Technik und Verkehr Rework Proof
Reworked during 1927-34



Receiver Proof
1920 Police/military reworks



Receiver Proof
1920-1926 production



Receiver Proof
Spandau Arsenal military reworks



Receiver Proof
Spandau Arsenal police reworks



Receiver Proof
Simpson reworks - mid to late 1920s



Simson Proofs
early proofs - 1924-1929



Simson Proofs
late proofs - 1929-1934



Mauser Scriptic S
DWM parts transferred to Mauser - 1934



Mauser Gothic S
DWM parts transferred to Mauser - 1934-1935



Receiver Proof
Dutch Air Force contract



Swiss Bernerpobe Proof



Receiver Proof
Mauser reworks - 1930-1933



WaffenAmt Receiver Proof
Mauser/Simson reworks - 1926-1933



Barrel and Breechblock Proof
1930-1934



Simson Final Proof
Reworks - 1924-1934



Mauser Arbeiten Receiver Proof
Mauser reworks - 1930-1933



Early Mauser Proof
DWM/Mauser reworks - 1930-1933



Mauser Commercial (Oberndorf) Proof
1930-1942



Mauser Military Proof
K and G date models



Mauser Military Proof
K and G date models



Mauser Military Proof
G date and later models



Mauser Military Proof
S/42, 42, and BYF models



Mauser Military Proof
S/42, 42, and BYF models



Mauser Commercial Proof
1935-1942



Contract Purchase Proof
Police, postal, etc.



Contract Purchase Proof
Police, postal, etc.



Contract Purchase Proof
Police, postal, etc.



Mauser Receiver Proof
some Dutch contract Lugers



Austrian Bundes Heer Acceptance Proof



Krieghoff Proofs
1935-1939



Krieghoff Proofs
1939-1945



Krieghoff Proof
Side-frame Inscription models



Krieghoff late Commercial Proof



Mauser Ku Proof



Anschutz and Vono Rework Proof
1934-1945



Navy Acceptance/Issue Mark
1920-1933



Navy Acceptance/Issue Mark
1934-1945



Navy Acceptance Proof
1934-1945



Finnish Military Acceptance Proof



Persian Military Acceptance Proof



Krieghoff Reject Star
Luftwaffe Contract Lugers rejected and sold commercially


Luger Toggle Marks






DWM Production
1900-1922



DWM Production - 1908 Bulgarian model
1908-1910



Erfurt Production
1908-1918



Vickers LTD Production
1915-1917



Simson Production
1921-1932



Simson Production - "S" Code
1933-1934



Krieghoff Production
1934-1945



Krieghoff Production
1935



Swiss (Berne) Production
1924-1929



Swiss (Berne) Production
1929-



Mauser Production
1930-1942



Mauser Production "S/42" Code
1934



Mauser Production "S/42" Code
1935-1939



Mauser Production - Persian Contract
1936-1942



Mauser Production "42" Code
1939-1942



Mauser Production "byf" Code
1941-1942


Luger Chamber Marks






DWM Prototypes and Commercial Sales
1898-1903



DWM - Swiss Military and Commercial Sales
1900-1902



DWM - US Military Test and Commercial Sales
1901-1903



DWM - Russian Military Test
1901-1902



DWM - Serbian Military Test
1901-1902



DWM - Bulgarian Military Test
1902-1903



DWM Commercial Sales
1903-1922



DWM - US Commercial Sales
1906-1912



DWM - Swiss Military Contract and Commercial Sales
1906-1910



DWM - Swiss Military Contract
1906-1908



DWM - Royal Portuguese Army Contract
1906-1909



DWM - Royal Portuguese Navy Contract
1906-1909



DWM - Republic of Portugal Navy Contract
1910-1912



DWM - Bulgaria Military Contract
1906-1907



DWM - Bulgaria Military Contract
1908-1910



DWM - Russian Military Contract
1907-1910



DWM/Erfurt - German Military Contract
Dated 1910-1913



DWM/Erfurt - German Military Contract
Dated 1914-1918



Vickers LTD - Dutch Military Contract
1915-1917



DWM/Erfurt - German Military Rework
Issue Date & 1920 or 1921



DWM/Erfurt - German Commercial Rework
1920 or 1921



Simson German Reichwehr Contract
Dated 1925-1928



DWM/Erfurt - Deathhead Rework
1930-1933



DWM/Erfurt - Frankenschloss Rework
1930-1933



DWM/Erfurt - Kadetten Institut Rework
Dated 1933



Waffenfabrik Berne Production
1929-



Mauser - Turkish Military Contract
1930-1934



Mauser "S/42" "K" Code - German Military Contract
1934



Mauser - Portuguese Military Contract
1935



Mauser "S/42" "G" Code - German Military Contract
1935



Mauser Banner, "S/42", "42" with 4 Digit Date - Various Contracts
Dated 1936-1942



Mauser - Persian Military Contract
1936-1942



Mauser Banner, "42", "byf" with 2 Digit Date - Military Contract
Dated 41-42



Krieghoff "S" Code - Luftwaffe Contract
1935



Krieghoff with 2 Digit Date - Luftwaffe Contract
Dated 36



Krieghoff with 4 Digit Date - Luftwaffe Contract
Dated 1936-1945


Luger Extractor Marks






"GELADEN"
Used on most model Lugers



"LOADED"
Used on American Eagle and some Stoeger models



Loaded written in Cyrillic
1906 and 1908 Bulgarian Contract Lugers



"CARREGADA"
1906 Portugese and Brazilian Contract Lugers



Loaded written in Russian
1906 Russian Contract Lugers



"CHARGE!"
1903 Commercial Lugers



"ates"
Mauser Turkish Contract Lugers



Loaded written in Farsi
Mauser Persian Contract Lugers


Luger Safety Marks






Bright Polished Grip Safety Marking
1900-1906 models



Low Grip Safety Marking
1904 Navy, 1906 1st Issue Navy



High Grip Safety Marking
1906 2nd Issue Navy



Altered Grip Safety Marking
1904 Navy, 1906 1st Issue Navy



High Grip Safety Marking for "FIRE" in Cyrillic
1900-1906 Bulgarian, 1906 Russian



High Grip Safety Marking "RUST"
All Dutch Grip Safety models



Low Grip Safety Marking "FEURE"
Krieghoff variation



1908 Type Safety Marking
Most models made after 1908



Low Safety Marking for "FIRE" in Cyrillic
1908 Bulgarian



High Safety Marking "SAFE"
1923 Commercial and Stoeger variations



Safety Marking "RUST"
All Dutch non-grip Safety models



High Safety Marking for "FIRE" in Farsi
Mauser Persian Contract



Low Safety Marking "SEGURANCE"
Mauser Portuguese Contract



High Safety Marking "emniyet"
Mauser Turkish Contract








Luger Magazine Marks

Light sheet steel body with crimped edges. Nickle plated (1900-1908) or tin plated (1908-1945). May be blued from 1923.






Wood Bottom
1900-1930



Commercial Wood Bottom
1900-1923



Cal. 9 m/m Wood Bottom
1902-1906



DWM Military Wood Bottom
1908-1918



DWM Military Spare Mag Wood Bottom
1908-1918



Erfurt Military Wood Bottom
1908-1918



Police Issue (Military Rework) Wood Bottom
1920-1935



Police Issue (Military Rework) Spare Mag Wood Bottom
1920-1935



Police Issue (Commercial) Wood Bottom
1920-1935



DWM Cartridge Counter Wood Bottom
1902



Swiss Metal Insert Wood Bottom
1906-1929



Dutch Improved Latch Wood Bottom
1906-1928



Dutch Improved Latch Wood Bottom
1906-1928



Navy Wood Bottom
1904-1923



Navy Military Wood Bottom
1904-1918



Cast Aluminum Bottom
1923-1945



Simson Aluminum Bottom
1923-1934



Mauser Aluminum Bottom
1923-1945



Police Issue (Military Rework) Aluminum Bottom
1923-1945



Police Issue (Commercial) Aluminum Bottom
1923-1945


Luger Magazine Marks

Extruded steel body, manufactured by Haenel (WaffenAmt codes 122, FXO, Eagle 37).






Schmiesser Patent Stainless Steel
1938-1939



Schmiesser Patent Stainless Steel
1938-1939



Schmiesser Patent Stainless Steel
1938-1939



Schmiesser Patent Stainless Steel - Police Issue
1938-1939



Schmiesser Patent Blued Steel
1939-1940



Schmiesser Patent Blued Steel
1939-1940



Code 122/E77 Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code 122/E37 Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code 122/E37 Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code 122 - Krieghoff Stamp Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code FXO Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code FXO - Mauser WaffenAmt 655 Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code FXO - Mauser WaffenAmt 63 Aluminum Bottom
1939-1945



Code 122 Bakelite Bottom
1940-1945



Code FXO Bakelite Bottom
1940-1945



Haenel Bakelite Bottom
1940-1945