1928 DWM Dutch Navy

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This is a 1928 commercial 9mm on a new 1908 Model frame, 100mm barrel without a grip safety but with a stock lug bought by contract for the Dutch Navy. Berlin-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke Aktiengesselshaft (BKIW) the successor to DWM, still bear the marking DWM the forward toggle link, "RUST" with an arrow curving downwards above the thumb safety lever and "GELADEN" on both sides of the extractor. The Dutch labeled this as the M1 and only 1484 were delivered in 1928/1930.    (1830)

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In 1928, the Dutch Navy adopted the P-08 Pistol as its official handgun to replace the outdated revolver.  Although the guns were very different from P-04 previously used by Naval Air Service, they retained the same designation : "Automatic Pistol #1".  From 1928 on small qualities were ordered each year. The total number of Parabellums from 1928-1930 were 1,484 all numbered consecutively. These are rare guns to find because of the small number and no identification marks to make them distinctive except the thumb safety and stock lug.


The 1928 Contract differed from the WWI orders with the installation of the short sear that enabled the gun to be cocked with the safety applied. This was a result of George Luger's invention of the short sear in 1915 and applied to 1916+ Parabellums. These "Navy" models were essentially a 1906 model without the grip safety and thus produced a downward pointing arrow (Rust) distinguishing these #1-#1484 (Inclusive) models.
On the front of the grip strap you can see the KM marking. The letters KM signify Koninklijke Marine (Royal Navy) and are therefore only found on Lugers of the Dutch Navy.  These are usually found on the front grip straps and appear to have been added by the forces in the Dutch East Indies. EXT
With the 3 digit serial number and the Crown N these Lugers were initially built for Commercial sales and with the serial numbers in the hidden position under the locking lever and side plate. Converted off the shelf for the Dutch Navy specifications.
The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the bottom of the proofed barrel, locking lug, side plate, breach block, trigger, rear toggle link, rear connecting pin, and grip safety. The magazine bottom is blank as were the commercial  DWM models.

The Naval pistols differed in some aspects from those used in Dutch East Indies. The Pistol #1 lacked the grip safety. Because of this the safety lever worded in the opposite direction to those of M-11 pistols, and the arrow near the ""RUST" marked pointed downward. Furthermore, the Navy Lugers had a stock lug a the backside of the grip, as was standard on all German production models from 1913 on. 

The Netherlands was one of the first countries to adopt the Luger officially, their initial order having been placed before 1908. They reordered at least once before the outbreak of the First World War and possibly twice. The requirement to arm the South Indies colonies grew after WWI, requiring additional side arms.
All pistols were delivered under German proof law of 1891. the principle as simple; handguns could be marketed only when they had been tested in an official proof institute. So the Crown N or Nitro proof was applied to these commercial gun. Prior to 1928 the Dutch proofed the deliveries with the Crown W (Queen Wilhelmina) but after 1928 accepted the German proofing. 
One of the characteristics of the Dutch contracts was that the extractor was marked on both sides. this was a peculiarity only with the Dutch Parabellums throughout production of the Luger. 

. As less than a dozen Navy Lugers with the KM “marks” are known it is difficult to say whether they were sent to Indies in a series or whether the mark was just applied to separate guns.  Pistols with and without the KM mark are known from the second Navy Luger contract, serial number 78-569, inclusive.  It is known that Luger pistols destine for the Dutch Marines formed two separate and well define species, weapons numbered 100-199 inclusive, and 1200-1249 inclusive.


Above no serial number appear on the 1st toggle or the 2nd toggle link.  Below the hold open is installed but their are no proofs on the inside of the receiver or in the locking well, not a military style and further evidence they were drawn from commercial DWM stocks.
The inside of this Parabellum is in Very Good condition where the wood of the grips make contact with the metal; although in service in a high humidity condition in the East Indies the inside is still in excellent shape considering the tropical climate that these guns were deployed in.
Above Left: The toggle in full recoil with the straight back of the DWM frame and a numbered rear main axel pin. The sear stop is the post 1916 model and is numbered to the serial number of the gun. Above Right: The underside of the locking lever and side plate display the last two digits of the serial number.

It is entirely subjective to give any weapon a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few guns 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. If you have any questions about this or any of our Lugers email Josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com     Only items listed in the description are being offered.

Although fitted with the stock lug the stocks were never adopted for the M-1 designated Dutch Navy Pistols. In common with the Army issued pistols the GELADEN (Loaded) was stamped on both sides of the extractor.  Information gathered from "The Dutch Parabellum" by Martens and de Vries.

The Dutch collector has an exciting array of various models from the early DWM order to the Vickers contract fulfillment to the 1928 DWM which morphed into the 1930’s Mauser contract and each of these providing subcategories but maintaining the basic features of the "Rust" with the arrow appearing for the safety and the double worded 'Geladen' on the extractor.

This very rare Dutch Navy is in good - very good condition and offered for $3,695.00 over the counter. This Parabellum show honest holster wear and a strong shiny barrel. This gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet.


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