EXCEEDINGLY RARE SWISS MODEL 1906 E SERIES NUMBERED LUGER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

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EXCEEDINGLY RARE SWISS MODEL 1906 E SERIES NUMBERED LUGER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

inv# 21-4588
Cal. 7.65 mm (30 Luger).
S# E.858.
Bbl. 120mm (approx. 4 3/4″) w/ saw tooth blade front sight.

Most E Series models were in sm. batches for models 1900 & 1906 as replacements by DWM for existing numbers. Per Sturgess, E’s were 597-610, 765-784 & others w/in 565-764. Other noted references state that Swiss armories renumbered some in E Series & assembled unfinished parts obtained from DWM w/ some of them being E Series numbered. Extensive internet search found E.808 but all others were in normal 565-784 range. Minimal references in Kenyon & Datig books w/ noticeably more information in Sturgess’ book; but the greatest ref. was in “The Luger” by Sterling. None of these ref. showed examples or referred to any E Series above 784. Sterling’s book gave most info about Swiss renumbering & assembly of furnished parts. Davis’ book on Lugers does not mention E Series but points out that it’s shield & cross over chamber was for police use to differentiate from commercial models having cross in sunburst; other references point out that shield & cross was used for later 1906 improved model. All visible numbers matching w/ full E# on bbl. Lug on bottom of receiver, rear toggle & finely checkered grips have 858. Extractor, front toggle link, breech block, grip safety, trigger & sideplate all have 58. Multiple references indicate takedown lever marked in commercial fashion yet this one not numbered. Only proof marks are crosses on left sides of bbl. & receiver plus rear of frame above lanyard loop without any V or BP; right front side of receiver void of typical BUG or Swiss proofs. Not marked w/ P (used to indicate commercial sales or gov’t release), nor is it import marked. Appropriate interior areas are in the white & proper straw colored sm. parts. Exact total quantities of Swiss Lugers are very well documented from Swiss archives. Swiss neutrality at times of war may explain why their records are so complete. Scarce variation in its own right w/ this pistol possibly highest known E Series #.

MAGS: 3 TOTAL plated proper 8 rd. Swiss mags. w/ unmarked wood bases having distinctive metal disks. One has brighter appearance due to cleaning of oxidation predominately on left side of body leaving light pits. Remaining 2 have somewhat dull appearance w/ 1 being almost near excellent & the other w/ slight cleaned staining.

STATUS: CURIO

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