1917 DWM Artillery Rig
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This is a 1914 Model, chamber dated 1917 DWM 8" model with the 800 meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. The 1915 Chamber Date is one of the most difficult of the Artillery models to find with an adjustable front site. The original intent was to issue the 8" weapon to gun boat crews but it then became standard issue to machine gun crews and artillery units. This rig comes with a strapped holstered rig, cleaning rod, proofed loading tool. This Parabellum comes with a full rig.  (1489)

This is a full rig with an all matching 1917 dated Lange Pistole a matching proofed stock, a dated 1917 medium brown holster, a  proofed cleaning rod and loading tool, double magazine pouch with two extra matching magazines.

NOTE: Photographs taken today with the high mega-pixel camera show more than we sometimes can see with the human eye. Magnified close-ups show us tool marks and natural surface conditions that one normally doesn't see in the ordinary handling of the weapon.  Photographs are copyrighted, all rights reserved, any extraction, reproduction or display of gun pictures without the express consent of the Phoenix Investment Arms is strictly prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.  Please visit Legal (tabbed) for Conditions of Sale.

 

 A typical WWI Imperial German machine gun crew with the Lange PIstole (LP-08).

 

This is a 9mm weapon with all the matching parts marked in the military manner (exposed). The barrel is 200mm and the frame has the stock lug and the thumb safety. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen".  The barrel is numbered and proofed to the weapon. The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for. With the thumb safety "down" exposing the German word "Gesichert" (safe) and not ready  to fire. 
The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves.  The magazine is clean and grips match the gun.
The underside of the gun reveals the care and maintenance that the previous owners have bestowed on this firearm.  We are just dedicated custodians of these guns during the short time we have them.
The barrel and the receiver are marked with the full serial number and suffix.  Additionally there is 8.84 reflected on the barrel which was the proof marking of land diameter of the barrel. The grooves designed to be 9mm.  The Luger has all matching numbers including the magazine. The magazine is wood based, numbered to the gun. The magazine is clean. Additionally there are two more magazines in the pouch serial numbered to the gun.
The magazine is clean and the grips match the gun. The original intent was to issue the 8" weapon to gun boat crews but it then became standard issue to machine gun crews and artillery units. In the early aviation units it was tried  The barrel is 200mm (8") and it has the blade adjustable front sight and an adjustable site.  The rear of the receiver has the lanyard loop and the back strap has the stock lug.
Above we have pictures of the complete rig when mounted on period uniform.

 

This is a post-1916 picture (we know because the Stahlhelm [German Helmet] wasn't introduced until 1916) of a group of the early Strosstruppen These attackers weren'tordinary German infantrymen, they were the Kaiser’s elite sturmtruppen or “stormtroopers” — handpicked men, specially trained and armed to the teeth.

 

Sometimes in examination people think the leaf site is bent.  However, when raising the site to the full 800 meter position reveals a 7° left movement.  This design compensates for the rifling on the 200 mm barrel which gives the bullet a twist in flight and if properly adjusted will permit a corrected point of impact.  Another example of Luger engineering.
All three magazines are serial numbered to the gun with two of them marked with the "+" sign as extra magazines. 
The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves.  The magazine is clean and grips match the gun.

 

 

 

The 99 year old holster is in good condition with the snaps, straps and closures all functional. The inset picture is the manufacturers cartouche from the city of Breslau in 1917.  A real find for the collector.

The fromt and back of the holster reveal the original white stitching on the brown leather holster.  Most "Artillery" models you find today have been died black so this brown holster is not only authentic but very rare.  BELOW Included in this offering is a original cleaning rod that fits in the holster pouch.

ABOVE LEFT:Here one can see the extractor marked "Geladen" [Loaded].The extension of the extractor could be felt in the dark give the soldier the assurance he was ready to fire. ABOVE RIGHT: The loadiing tool which is mounted in the pocket on the lid is proofed with the Imperial proof.  When the ccross turned upside down and mounted on the hatched button on the magazine the exteneded tab is used by the thumb to depresss the follower and allow for loading.  The screwdriver end is used to remove the grip screws and firing pin retainer.

UNIT MARKING: Up to 1916 all units marked the weapons and equipment with a unit code that recongnized the ownership of that piece of equipment.  In this case the Unit Armorer marked the holster 52.R.11.10 which due to research such as that done by Jeff Noll in his publication The Imperial German Regimental Markings indicates 52nd Infanterie-Regiment 11th Kompanie 12th Waffe (Weapon). If another "Artillery" Rig had any more 'bells & whiustles' we'd like to see it.

The magazines are clean and grips match the gun.

The magazine pouch is designed for the late war issue with the belt loops.  These pouches were to contain two (matching) magazine for the Lange Parabellum.  With this Rig you get a matching ammo pouch and two matching magazines. These are of the latter model that have the belt loop sewn on instead of the dual used attachment.
Above: You can clearly see the serial number on the stock iron matches the gun. BELOW LEFT: As with the other military grips these are numbered to the gun.  This is a very difficult to find full rig with everything matching and proofed correctly.  A real treasure. Below RightThe thumb safety "Gesichert" is safe when exposed.

 

 

 

On the right side of the receiver are the production proofs of DWM and the DWM military acceptance stamp including the test proof on the barrel.   The Army Test proof was applied to the right receiver, the barrel and left breech block.  The right side of the receiver displays all the Imperial Army acceptance stamps. Original grips are finely cut diamond shaped checkering made from walnut or in some cases beech wood. These grips are serial numbered to the gun.

The original intent was to issue the 8" weapon to gun boat crews but it then became standard issue to machine gun crews and artillery units. The barrel is 200mm (8") and it has the ramp front sight and an adjustable rear site.  The rear of the receiver has the lanyard loop and the back strap has the stock lug.

The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves. The exterior of the gun is very clean for 99 year old battlefield pickup. The magazines are clean and grips match the gun. This Parabellum is in very good condition, having been in a good home the last 42 years in a private collection. Below all the parts are displayed.
Here are the accessories that come with the all matching 1917 Lange Pistole: All the leather is brown in the original issue color and condition.  The holster is marked with the manufacturers cartouche and the 1917 date. All the straps, keepers and closures are with the rig in the brown color; included is the magazine pouch with two matching magazines (total three).  The stock is serial numbered tothe gun and is Imperial proofed with the Crown S; so too is the loading tool and the cleaning rod. Some collectors spend years to acquire parts of these wonderful collectibles and this unit is complete from a very old collection.
Artillery Stock
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ABOVE LEFT: The stock iron is serial numbered to the gun telling us this was an original issue stock. ABOVE RIGHT: The stock has a Crown "S" Imperial  proof on the stock.

 

 

 

This 99 year old gun has been cared for by other custodians of to preserve it for us today in this pristine condition. The inside of the gun is clean and reflects the effort for cleaning the past 94 years. Lugers that are stored for any period of time should have the wooden grips at least waxed on the inside to protect contact with the metal.
This is a 9mm weapon with all the matching parts marked in the military manner (exposed). The barrel is 200mm and the frame has the stock lug and the thumb safety. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen".  The barrel is numbered and proofed to the weapon. The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for. BELOW: This closeup show the extractor marked Loaded (GELADEN) and we have directed you attention to the serial number and the repetition last two digits of the serial number on all the smaller parts.
The serial numbers are marked in the "military manner" meaning they are exposed on the parts. This Luger has all matching parts. The no  suffix serial number  puts this Parabellum in the early part of 1915. This is a great collector grade weapon, low serial number, all matching,  and a wonderful addition to anyone's collection.
It is entirely subjective to give any firearm a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few collectible weapons 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. Any questions or request for additional purchases email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com This firearmis eligible for transfer to C&R permit holder, even in California.  We are registered with CA DOJ for firearms shipment.

 

 

 

This Parabellum is all matching, comes with three matching mgazines a 1917 dated holster with all the straps, keepers and connectors.  Also included is the magazine pouch, proofed cleaning rod and loading tool; a complete rig in the orginal brown leather. This is a museaum quality piece that will make your collection proud.

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