DescriptionDWM Model 1900 American Eagle U.S.Test Trials Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol. Serial no. 7047, 7.65 Luger, 4 3/4-inch barrel with dovetailed front sight. Blued barrel and action. Narrow trigger, safety and takedown latch with straw colors. Recessed breech block. Dished toggle marked: DWM. Grip safety. Milled panel under safety at lower position. American Eagle crest on chamber. Unserialized magazine with wood base. Checkered walnut grips. This serial no. 7047 is listed on page 70 of "1900 Luger U.S. Test Trials" by Michael Reese. A copy of the book ,signed by the author and numbered to this gun is included with this lot. Condition: Very good. Shows 90-94% bluing with wear on front and back strap, minor pitting on sideplate and some edges. Shows 50-60% faded straw colors. Frosted bore. Grips show some wear. From the Collection of Douglas Smith, offered without consignor reserve.
More Information: Lot 32586 is one of the rare U.S. Test Trials Luger pistols. This 1900 event was a unique moment in firearms history because the U.S. Army was considering the Luger pistol as its new sidearm. This test and the results are well documented in Michael Reese's "1900 Luger U.S. Test Trials." On page 70 is a list of approximately 100 serial numbers which represent the known surviving examples of the 1,000 guns produced. Serial no. 7047 is found on this list. It is an extremely rare gun.
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