Author Topic: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger  (Read 1012 times)

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I  acquired a Luger today, 1917 Erfurt Imperial Arsenal 9mm Parabellum.... all matching numbers w/ 1 matching numbered magazine ( however it has a crack in the wood base plug probably in the same bombing) w/ original holster.
It is not a Treaty recognized second re-dated to 1920, so it had not been turned at the Armistice or turned in under  The Treaty of Versailles.
It does have some rock (stone building) minor rash on the side plate when the Bomb collapsed in on the Owner...
A letter Accompanying it states is was taken in the village Falasie (Normandy) of Aug. 1944 ( Battle of the Falaise Pocket ) Six weeks after D-Day.


I will begin the research on John Wilson Collette ( US 1st. Army ) he is the fellow that captured this piece .

I'm proud to be the current caretaker    course I'll eat Lettice sandwiches this week.


It is currently disassembled , and soaking in Ed's Red for detail cleaning....  Pictures when I reassemble it
It will be shot  :) 
« Last Edit: April 28, 2019, 01:29:01 am by Major 2 »
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2019, 08:49:56 pm »
Congrats.

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2019, 05:19:11 am »
Thanks Slims....I have wanted one for many years....as kid two iconic toy guns I had was the Hubley 45 that set me on the road for 1860 Colts affection,
and a pair of Marx Toy Co. Lugers that instilled that lust...
Course honorable mention to Mattel and the Shoot'n' Six that made the SAA impression.

I have the Colts, but a Luger had evaded my grasp for 60 years
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2019, 07:08:47 am »
Congratulations Major! Lugers are way too cool and I'm happy for you.
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2019, 08:25:18 am »
You want a Liliput to keep it company?

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2019, 12:25:48 pm »
ummm wellllllll aaaa thanks,  but probably not  :)
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 05:11:47 pm »
Here it tiz
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2019, 05:52:39 pm »
That is more than a little COOL!  Congratulations and thanks for letting us take a look.

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2019, 10:23:14 pm »
Always loved the Luger.  Probably second most iconic handgun after the 1911, and more so in some parts of the world.  I never knew there was a toy Luger.

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2019, 11:36:40 pm »
Yes Sir, after further thought my two were Marx Toys not Crescent Toy, having looked at them on eBay I realized and recall the looks of my two.... 

An even expanded experience of ownership stewardship....is the research of this piece's history  :)

I learned about  John Wilson Collette ( US 1st. Army )
I have his Service record.
I know the Luger was in WW1 and not surrendered at the end of the War imposed by the Treaty of Versailles.
and I also have the account of its capture in village of Falasie (Normandy) of Aug. 1944.





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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2019, 04:08:07 pm »
An impromptu visit to my LGS/FFL was a score... :)

I am the new caretaker of a Ithaca 1911 w/ shoulder holster as it was issued & worn in 1945...  Pictures on the 4th. of July
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2019, 12:21:58 pm »
An impromptu visit to my LGS/FFL was a score... :)

I am the new caretaker of a Ithaca 1911 w/ shoulder holster as it was issued & worn in 1945...  Pictures on the 4th. of July
Congrats.

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2019, 10:12:22 pm »
Congrats, M-2, but....The 4th is almost over, where's the pictures you promised?

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2019, 05:45:04 am »
As acquired, , Im also to get a copy of the pilots DD214
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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2019, 10:27:33 am »
Hi

I got one that nasty color too, but a guy worked it into a Pin gun back in the 1970's.  Black mag well, half Bomar Rib, giant stainless Beavertail, and giant aluminum trigger too.  Remington Rand though.  Shoots great, but not a looker.

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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2019, 01:32:10 pm »
This one is as issued ....except for cocobolo panels on it when It was handed to me.
I got a set of correct Keyes contract grips off Ebay , no Idea when the fellow added the cocobolo panels.


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Re: Proud new caretaker of 1917 Erfurt Imperial German Armory Luger
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2019, 09:17:23 pm »
Late to this thread, but my 1915 Luger runs great with Mec Gar mags and likes the WWB 9mm 115 grain FMJ ammo.
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