1903 Commercial French Contract

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French Luger

This is a 1903 French Commercial from made by  the DWM (Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken AG) factory which is displayed on the first toggle link. The extractor identifies this gun as a "French" contract gun with the "Chargé" on the extractor. (2143)

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This is a very rare gun made by DWM for commercial sale the French firm "Arms & Cycle Works" of Saint-Etienne, France as stated on the barrel.

It has been stated that these guns were an express order and the inscription of the French firm was stamped on the barrel prior the guns being finished. At the time of their sale they were issued in what was believed t a custom box with an extra magazine a small tin punch in a cleaning rod.

The barrel is 120 mm (4 3/4")in length the standard fixed front site.
The serial number block of this Luger falls in the early series of the known French guns beginning at 51000. There is also an early "shield" proof of D M and the Crown B, U, & G markings as on the early 1900 models. The magazine has no serial number no markings whatsoever.
The grips are the checkered walnut, there is no stock lug, there is a hold-open.

The barrel is Crown B.U.G Proofed. Good crisp proofs on the frame left of the receiver and toggle. The stock lug bears the serial number. Collectors prize the guns that are BUG proofed.  The Crown B (Beschuss) means the barrels were tested using a heavier load in accordance with the 1892 proof law. The Crown U (Untersuchung) means it was inspected after assembly and the Crown G (Gozogen) means a rifled barrel.

The gun is classified as a Curio and Relic and can be shipped directly to those licensees.  We reserve the right to withdraw any firearm from an auction site that is sold over the counter. Prices are adjusted for cash  transactions. Thanks for looking. 


The Extractor is marked with the Chargé and there are no minor serial numbers exposed as common with commercial model Lugers.

The extractor appears to be a holdover from the French 1904 trials. It appears that DWM did not have in their stamp kit an accidented "É" so they used the "/" Mark behind the E in CHARGÉ. This adds to the authentication of the gun to be a real French commercial Parabellum.

On the front of the receiver is the Crown "B" and Crown "U" as on the breach block and the 1st toggle link. Underneath the thumb safety the area is polished, customary with the 1906 model and there are no exposed serial numbers on the gun except the rear toggle.
The interior views of the gun show a very clean and well preserved weapon.  The mechanical parts of the '06 are clearly visible with the fire-blued pins, nitrate blued locking lever, trigger, etc., and the well polished surface show the old-world craftsmanship at its finest. The last 2 digits of the serial number can be seen on the trigger and the interior of the safety lever.

Above Left: The Crown "B"  and Crown "U" can clearly be seen on the breach block in 1st toggle length. Above Right: Inside the well is the circle with the legs on top that is usually confused

Above & Below one can see the proofs that went onto these early Parabellum; from the continuum of the last two digits of the serial number on the smallest of parts to the fine fitting of the part into the most recognized handgun in the world.


This is an extraordinary Luger in the very rare category that represents one of the transition guns from the 1900 to the 1906 and was produced for the French with the right hand toggle lock utilizing the then future knurled knob toggles. This very rare Parabellum is offered for $4,495.00 over-the-counter. Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

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