1906/08/20 Navy Mannlicher Carbine-SOLD

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This is a excellent example of the 1920 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 "Navy" rear site  in the 9mm.  These guns utilized the "short" frame and sear of the later models along with the characteristic diced toggles. In addition to the long Mannlicher stock there is the ('06) grip safety (2nd Issue Navy) and (08') model sear and toggles, manufactured after the 1st World War for the commercial market inside Germany. Truly a custom Das Gewehr des Jägers. (1728)


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The DWM monogram markings appear on the 1st toggle link and the extractor is marked with Geladen (Loaded). The original grips are finely cut diamond shaped checkering made from walnut while the stock appears to be beech wood.

 The last two digits appear on the take down lever, the trigger, the bottom of the side plate, the rear 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 two-position "Navy" rear sight on the rear toggle


 The forearm has a spring loaded actuator that the lug on the bottom of the barrel (see below) fits on and when the gun is fired the lug travels to the rear and compresses the spring to assist the gun going back into battery.

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 (61) in the attachment well. This example has all matching numbers. 

This detail pictures shows the original serial number of the barrel perpendicular to the longitude of the 9mm barrel, The Navy Frame is not mortised for the artillery leaf sight and the forearm bar was not machined at the time of the frame but added after the barrel was attached necessitating the addition of the second serial number under the barrel since the attachment arm covers when one would look for the receiver serial number.

In addition to being a very rare and sought after 9mm carbine (which can be fired) this is a very early three digit serial number  rendition starting with a 1906 2nd Issue Navy frame and building the necessary parts for the carbine and finally adding the Mannlicher fore stock.  This treasure was not an export gun, there are no know GERMANY markings on the piece and was undoubtedly a treasured gun by some Jäger.


 The German  Hunting and Conservation Societies dated back to the 1800's with the symbol of the European Hirsh (Red Deer) and above that the Cross with the dedication to St.. Hubertus the patron saint of  Hunters (Jägers) The crown represents the Royalty of the Kaiser.

St.. Hubertus has been the patron saint of hunters and animal protectionists (Tierschutzverein) in northern Europe who attempt to honor him by sharing their feasts with townspeople, holding charity fund raising, festivals and being responsible for the care of animals on their lands, both domestic and wild. When a buck was hunted, hunters through the ages have placed a pallium, or a small branch of evergreen, or if none is available, oak, in the mouth of the fallen game. This is done as an offering of the Last Bite, signifying a final salute to the animal and symbolically giving back to GOD "the soul which I receive from Him." If food was scarce in the winter, he would go out to the forest to provide it for the animals. He valued his loyal hunting dogs though often they went to the forest not to hunt, but to be a part its wonder. Through honoring the forest's creatures, he honored the creator. He felt a responsibility to all animals and could not let an animal suffer needlessly. 


This is a "two-screw" stock and beautifully checkered on both the front forearm and the stock.
The stock is three-digit serial numbered to the gun and the straying is in excellent condition.  The rear of the stock shows the widows peak of the original design
The bottom of the carbine shows the checkering pattern matching down to the line, this is truly the work of an old-country craftsman who created this beautiful light rifle and musts have been great pride to its original owner who began to care for it to bring it to someone today in such handsome condition,.
The Navy Carbine is a very rare version of the carbines; in 35 years we have only see two.  This has the two position Navy site with 100 and 200 meters and for a 9mm hunting rifle this is probably the maximum  optimal range.

The long barrel Mannlicher forearm is a favorite of the German hunters. The Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle dates to 1903. The 1903 Mannlicher rifles and carbines were the last designs of Ferdinand Ritter Von Mannlicher, who died the next year, and his friend Otto Schönauer who designed the exceptional rotary drum magazine intrinsic to all Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles. Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles and carbines were exclusively manufactured at Oesterreich Waffenfabrik Gesellschaft Steyr in Steyr, Austria.


The Hunting and Forestry organizations under the German monarchy were often controlled by aristocrats and successful businessman. They were generally not organizations habituated by the common man. The purposes were generally formed for the conservation of game and forestry. Elaborate hunts were great occasions for the participants, while the ladies used the hunting lodges for match-making and gossip. The cutlasses of these Imperial organizations were often extremely ornate, or they could also be utilitarian, made to perform the final killing thrust on game. Both types were often owned by a single individual. Many examples were used strictly for dressing up the beauty of a hunting/forestry uniform.


Close up of the matching Carbine stock with the beautiful checkering and the grip safety and rear mounted Navy style sight.

The serial numbers are "commercial" or hidden on the bottom of the side plate and locking lever (61). The sights at the end of this 300mm barrel are the ramp type with the standard blade and factory issued on most of the carbines, both the 1902 and 1920 models.

The Crown over N or Nitro Proof was the required proof on all commercial guns and indicates it was designed for other than black power shells.  The vertical Crown N is the Commercial Proof found on commercial guns. Made in Germany was required to be stamped on any weapon destined for out-of-country sales.  The extractor is marked "Geladen" which in German means loaded. 

A close up of the plaque and the carved inscription on the case of this heavy we believe maple case which although not DWM factory made was commissioned of an artisan to display this magnificent piece of craftsmanship and reflect the pride of the owner.


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.


The condition of this Luger shows it was well cared for over the last 93 years and is looking for another custodian to care for its future.  The DWM carbine was presented to Kaiser Wilhelm and President Teddy Roosevelt who are stated to used the gun in horseback hunting.  This three digit serial number, custom cased, 1906/08/20 Mannlicher is offered to the investor-collector for $18,750.00.  This offering has already been discounted for a cash sale and the display on the website does not guarantee availability.  Please contact us if you are interested a josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

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