1902 Luger Carbine  SOLD

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This is a excellent example of the 1902 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 dished toggles of the 1900 Parabellums.    (1467)

This is a "one-screw" stock and very rare amongst the carbines that were offered. This is a very early gun and soon after issuing the one-screw DWM elongated the stock iron and went to a two-screw design.

 

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

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 four position rear sight in front of the chamber.

Both grips are serial numbered to the Luger.  Beside presentations to the Kaiser Wilhelm and President Teddy Roosevelt another carbine was engraved and presented to Hiram Maxim.  Famous owners of a beautiful example of a century of craftsmanship.

 

Above:  The serial number appears on the frame extension and again under the barrel; when the forearms is mounted you have to look at an angle. Below: The three hundred meter front sight and early 1900 extractor.

The front ramp sight has a silver bead front sight. On the stock is the traditional "V" notched butt plate usually made of cow horn

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.  Also note this is a single-screw stock which is much sought after by the collectors due to their scarcity.

 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.

In the forearm is a spring loaded actuator that when depressed during recoil assists in pushing the receiver back in battery.  The front stock is serial numbered to the gun with the last two digits (44) in the attachment well. This example has all matching numbers. 

The front lug (A) on the barrel fits into the slot in the forearm depicted above and rests on a compressed spring that helps drive the long barrel back into battery. These early models with the leaf springs in the grips did not have the return power of the coiled spring that was introduced in the 1903 transition guns.

The toggle assembly is the old type (dished) with the toggle lock on the right side.  The frame has a stock lug, and the toggle is marked with DWM, the manufacturer.  Serial numbers appear on the frame, the fore-stock bar, the rear toggle and grips are numbered to the gun.  The magazine is blank as commercial guns were not numbered.

The three digit numbers appear on the stop lug and rear toggle while the last two digits appear on the 1st toggle link and the inside of the front forearm. These Lugers with the 300mm barrels were designed for the small game extensively hunted in Europe.  Light weight an fitted with a custom forearm and checkered full stock these Parabellums are simply beautiful. The 1900 Carbine uses the long frame, the long sear and the toggle lock mechanism on the right side of the gun. It fired a heavy load 7.65mm round to actuate the long barrel mechanism.

 

The inside of this Luger shows it was well cared for over the last 112 years and is looking for another custodian to care for its future. Here we have whitened the serial number on the squeeze grip. The DWM carbine was presented to Kaiser Wilhelm and President Teddy Roosevelt who are stated to used the gun in horseback hunting.

The case is soft leather with a pocket sewn for the stock and the other side is the gun with a pocket in the back for the instruction book. The inside is a soft deer skin like lining and represents a handsome addition to the Luger.

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.    

 

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. Any questions or requests to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com   

This 1902 Carbine comes with a very difficult to obtain hunting sling and a soft lined carrying case. 

 

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