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This is for Ron Wood. I have a Test Luger that I would like to add to your list, if it isn't already there. Michael Reese lists it in his book, but he shows the number twice--once with Ralph Shattuck, from whom I bought 6362 in the early to mid 80s. All numbers match, including the grips. I also want to know how many are now on the list. What can you tell me?
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This is for Ron Wood. I have a Test Luger that I would like to add to your list, if it isn't already there. Michael Reese lists it in his book, but he shows the number twice--once with Ralph Shattuck, from whom I bought 6362 in the early to mid 80s. All numbers match, including the grips. I also want to know how many are now on the list. What can you tell me?
Joe,
I apologize for not replying sooner…as “martin08” responded, I do not frequent this forum as often as some of the others. I have known about your Test gun, #6362, for a long time, having received the serial number from Sam Costanzo several years ago, before Michael Reese featured it in his book and Ralph Shattuck offered it for sale.

To answer your query, currently (August 2020) there are 405 known/reported Lugers in the range of 6100 to 7100 usually attributed by Reese and others as being the test range. Of these, 273 are listed in the Bannerman purchase. In addition, there are a reported 250 other American Eagle Lugers above and below that range with test trials characteristics (e.g. no GERMANY export stamp, etc.). Of these, there are 29 reported below that range (numbers ranging from 5978 to 6099), and 221 reported above that range (numbers ranging from 7104 to 7990). It is interesting to note that two of these reported “above range” guns, 7108 and 7147, were part of the Bannerman purchase therefore pieces that were actually used in the Test Trials. It is reported that the Test Lugers were delivered in two batches, the last one consisting of 100 guns. Given the two outliers, 7108 and 7147, it is my thought that the last group of 100 guns might have been numbered from 7101 to 7200, making the 6100-7100 range being either non-contiguous numbering and/or beginning at a serial number higher than 6100.

A fascinating bit of history that probably will never be resolved but it is fun to keep track of these U.S. Army Lugers! Thank you for reporting yours and keeping me aware of its current owner.
Ron
 

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Thank you, Ron, for responding, and with all I wanted to know. I am pleased to see that the number of survivors is nearly twice what I had thought. My Luger is part of a US Military collection, and, as such, is its rarest piece. Thank you, Ralph (RIP), for selling it to me!

Joe
 
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