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1920 Reichswehr / Police DWM

chrisftk

Senior Member
Picked this one up at my friend's insistence. This one is neat for a variety of reasons. It started life as a 1920 DWM manufactured for the military. It bears the 1920 property mark, as well as the manufacture date, making a cool instance of double 1920s. (It would have been funny if the SN was 1920 as well.. it's damn close)

It likely remained in military hands until the late 1930s; whereby it served in a police capacity. It went to police use late enough to avoid the police grip safety, but early enough to receive the Schiwy safety on the sear.

The pistol is unit marked, but I can't quite figure it out-- S. P. O. 1. 26. (My first guess was the Ostpreussen Police School, but not 100%.)

The magazine is the original spare drawn steel Haenel and it fortunately matches.

I've always found these early 20s military lugers interesting and they don't seem to show up much-- the police connection was just a bonus.
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RyanE

Baby Face
Staff member
I think you are right that these 1920/21 DWM military guns were surplused to the police the 1930s when Mauser production came online. Himmler abolished unit marks in 1936, so that narrows it down a bit. Interesting mag too with the Nazi style police acceptance.

It appears there is no consensus on the "SPO" though. The police books list it as unknown since the marking is somewhat non-standard. Some Schutzpolizei unit somewhere though. Osnabrück has been suggested.
 

chrisftk

Senior Member
Congratulations Chris! Gorgeous example. I love the magazine.
Thanks Rick-- yeah the mag was neat. It's a shame the primary mag wasn't with it.

I think you are right that these 1920/21 DWM military guns were surplused to the police the 1930s when Mauser production came online. Himmler abolished unit marks in 1936, so that narrows it down a bit. Interesting mag too with the Nazi style police acceptance.

It appears there is no consensus on the "SPO" though. The police books list it as unknown since the marking is somewhat non-standard. Some Schutzpolizei unit somewhere though. Osnabrück has been suggested.
Thanks Ryan-- appreciate the info I did not know about the 1936 date for ending unit markings, so definitely helps narrow it down. As to the unit mark, the non-standard formatting was throwing me off.
 

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