1923 DWM Carbine

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This is a excellent example of the 1920's Model DWM (Deutsches Waffen Und Munitionsfabriken Co) sporting carbine. These were a limited manufacture for the "light rifle market". The barrel is 300mm long with a ramp front sight and came in the 7.65mm (.30 Cal Luger).  These guns utilized the "long" frame and sear of the early models along with the characteristic diced toggles of the 1906 Parabellums.    (1449)

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WWI abruptly ending on November 11, 1918 and immediately DWM lost the major contractor for their Parabellum product.  To keep the wheels turning under the onerous terms of the Treaty of Versailles DWM began to produced the "alphabet guns" of the 1920 using the military frames from WWI production with the alphabet suffix to create exported Lugers while trying to regain a foothold in commercial sales.

The DWM monogram markings appear on the 1st toggle link and the extractor is the original design "leaf" type which was soon redesigned to increase its strength. Original grips are finely cut diamond shaped checkering made from walnut or in some cases beech wood.

The extractor is marked "GELADEN". The bore is good with distinctive lands and groove.  The thumb safety is new style, and blued. The thumb safety is marked 'Gesichert' and safe is down.  This example has all matching numbers. 

This Parabellum is 7.65mm which was the preferred caliber for accuracy both in Europe and South America. Serial number placement is in the commercial ("hidden") style. The thumb safety is buffed. The last two digits appear on the take down lever, the trigger, the bottom of the side plate, the rear (3 digits) toggle, under the front toggle, the breach block, the receiver, and the front stock.  The rear toggle is smooth without any sight definition utilizing the graduated three position rear sight in front of the chamber.


The Albrecht Kind (1906) Hunstig Bei Dieringhausen catalog listed  the carbine individually with the slings and cases (one for a bicycle) in their catalog.


The matching wood checkering on the stock and forearms are simply works of art and bring a sense of pride to any owner of such craftsmanship. Note the matching numbers and the three digits of the early design on the rear toggle and the stock iron.  The stock is the double-screw variation and the wood is the warmly colored walnut.

The gun shown in full recoil. The sight is three position for 100, 200 & 300 meters. The sear is the short sear that allows the gun to be loaded while the safety is in the fire position.
The back of the rear toggle has the last two digits of the serial number. Also the finely carved full stock has the serial number on the attached iron.
Above Left: One of the signs used to authenticate the original stocks is the "widow's peak" cut into the stock to accommodate the top edge of the stock. Early stocks were made out of horns and may reveal tiny insect holes in the butt  plate indigenous to the horn.  Above Right:  The fine diamond carving on the stock with the laced points on all four sides is another sign of the old-country craftsmanship these exhibit.

While sometimes the long barrel looks unfamiliar to the Luger collector these guns were tried out in various lengths early-on for distribution to both aircraft and submarine duty where the need for the longer range but shorter weapon was need in the cramped quarters.

Above:  The serial number appears under the barrel; on the front of the frame, under the locking lever and side plate. The placing of the serial number under the locking lever and side plate is characteristic of the commercial guns.  However this frame was made for a military weapon (p suffix) and converted to civilian sale.

On the shelf at the end of WWI with a 'p' suffix this gun was more than likely sent to Stoeger in New York for commercial sales. These guns were introduced with various length barrels.  The bottom of the magazine is plain as US customary with commercial issued Parabellum's.
Above: Here we can see the adjustable sight located on the barrel in front of the chamber. It has three stop adjustments at 100, 200 and 300 meters.  From our firing experience in the past these guns were very accurate. The magazine is a blank bottom as they appear on commercial Parabellums.
The inside of the Parabellum is very clean and it exhibits the original proofs of the vertical "Crown N". In 1910 the Crown N was used to replace the former Crown "B", "U", "G" proofs from the early days of black power and smooth barrel.  This was formalized for a horizontal positioning in September 1911 and is found on 1912 and post commercials.  In 1920 the Crown "N" became vertical on the receiver and was integrated on re-build Lugers going to the commercial market.

The top (above) and bottom shot (below)  of this long barrel Parabellum.
Prior to WWI the DWM Luger production for the commercial market peaked.  The greatest client was the United States and then South America. The demand was sufficient in 1902 for the publication of the Spanish language version of the instruction manual. Argentina perhaps had the greatest demand for the Luger and for the 7.65mm ammunition.
After WWI DWM had there warehouse filled with production guns and no customer so they went back to the pre-war clientele.
Here is a close up of the extractor with the word 'GELADEN" or the German word for Loaded on the left side. This functioning part is in a raised position when the gun is loaded telling the shooter both visually and tactilely that a round is in the chamber.  When fired the extractor pulls the spent round from the chamber and upon extraction causes it to engage the extractor while the breach block continues the reward movement to chamber another round.
Above Left: The magazine has a blank bottom as the commercial versions of the Parabellum.  The sleeve is wrapped and crimped silver metal with the coiled spring and follower.  Above Right: The removal of the side plate shows the trigger mechanism and the last two digits of the serial number.
The finely checkered grips and matching stock reflects an old era of craftsmanship that we can only admire today.  Most carbines were kept in friendly environments and well cared for preserving them for our enjoyment.
It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.   We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria.

Just minty this long barrel carbine is pristine and with a numbered full stock matched to the Parabellum it is a prize.  This Carbine is offered for $8,895.00 over the counter with the reservation that the gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet. 

We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that does not have a physical deposit. This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. Call for availability.  Any questions or requests to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com


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