I thought all the records were lost/destroyed in WWII. Where is this info coming from that says DWM did not start make 1891 rifles again until 1899. Did someone from Argentine come forward with information that Collin Webster used or did he just speculate that the new DWM used previously made and stamped Loewe receivers to fill the contract between the years of 1896 and 1899? I mean it makes perfect sense that the new DWM, berlin would use Loewe receivers until they were all gone. It also make sense that Loewe could easily have had thousands of receivers already made prior to the merger. The question is, when did the new DWM run out of previously made Loewe receivers and start marking them marked DWM, Berlin? Did this occure sometime in 1897 which would mean that the first DWM marked receivers could have been made in 1897 and 1898 making them antiques.
Has anyone from Argentine come forward with documentation defining the order/contract numbers that would corrispond with the years of manufacture? If not then all this is speculation based on one thing, that Loewe became DWM in 1896. Who is to say that Loewe had not already made up thousands of receivers before they were merged into DWM. OR, who can prove that during the years of 1897 and 1898 DWM did not make tens of thousands more of receivers marked DWM in advance because they had a huge order to fill and they now had two factories to do it in. Where is this data coming from and how accurate is it??? Did Collin Webster make a trip to Argentina and gather this information from Argentine military documents or is it all speculation based on serial numbers collected here in the states???