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This is just a beautiful example of an extremely rare 1902 DWM Luger that has been fitted with the unique "Powell Indicating Device", commonly called a "Cartridge Counter" on the left side of the grip. There were exactly "50" of these pistols produced, and they fall into a specific serial number range (22401-22450), with the serial number of this specific example produced right at the end of the production range, which is probably why it has remained in such exceptional condition. This cartridge counter device was a US developed feature and was expressly ordered by the US Board of Ordnance for testing in late 1902 early 1903. The US Government then acquired these pistols in exchange for 50 each, 1900 Test Luger pistols in the spring of 1904. The Model 1902 "Cartridge Counter" Luger pistols were issued to the Cavalry and Light Artillery Boards at Ft. Riley, Kansas on April 19,1904 for field testing. On July 4, 1904, the Cavalry Board issued the final test report on the Model 1902 Luger, which recommended that these Lugers NOT be adopted for service. This Powell Indicating Device consists of a standard wood base magazine that has been slotted on the left side of the magazine body and fitted with a special follower that had a small pin/special indicator screw fitted on the left side that would move up and down, from the fully loaded, to empty position as the cartridges are fired. The left grip is also conversely slotted and covered with a 3 1/4 inch celluloid strip, with a small delicate metal strip underneath the celluloid that is painted with the black numbers (1-7) running from the top down, to indicate the number of rounds remaining in the magazine. The pin/special indicator screw on the magazine follower points to the number of cartridges that are in the magazine. Simple but very effective feature. These 1902 Luger pistols were actually a standard 1902 Luger chambered in the standard 9 mm Luger cartridge, fitted with the distinctive fat barrel configuration, recessed breech bolt, dished toggles with the toggle lock on the right side, as produced during this time frame, and feature a high polish rust blue finish with 'straw' colored lock bolt, trigger, magazine release ejector, extractor, toggle lock and safety lever. The front sight, grip screws and pins have a niter blue finish. The pistols have a grip safety with the first model thumb safety lever. The magazine is nickel plated and has a wooden bottom with round metal inserts on either side. The pistol has the United States Crest on the top of the chamber, with the "DWM" monogram located on the front toggle link. The full serial number, "22448" is located on the front of the frame and the underside of the barrel. The partial serial number, "448", is present on the bottom of the receiver lug, bottom of the side plate, the take down lever, the left side of the breechblock and on both toggle links. The last two digits of the serial number are stamped on the lock bolt and trigger.
BBL: 4 inch round
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Grips: walnut checkered
Serial Number: 22448
Condition: Near mint with 99% of the partially restored (gripstraps) blue finish overall with just minor edge and high spot wear overall. The grips are also in excellent condition with nice checkering on both sides with minor, light pressure dings in a few spots with some minor edge wear. The various small parts retain 85% of their straw colors. The most critical part of this model of Luger is the actual celluloid and metal strip on the left grip, both of which are extremely fragile and in this instance are completely intact with clear sharp numbers. To find any DWM 1902 cartridge counter pistol in this condition with the original magazine completely intact is truly a very rare find today as these saw heavy use during testing with very limited numbers ever produced. Certainly the center piece of any Luger collection.