1915 Imperial DWM Luger-SOLD

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This is a completely matching, 1915 Dated, DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken) WWI Imperial Luger with matching magazine and a 1915 an Imperial holster and a dress belt buckle (in brass) and belt.  This is chambered for 9mm and has a standard 4" (100mm) barrel fixed sights and walnut grips.   This WWI Luger manufactured for standard issue firearm to the German military. A very unique specimen in good condition with a lot of history in a 97 year old gun.   (942)

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The barrel length is 4" (100mm) and is chambered for 9mm. The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the left side of the receiver, on the side plate sear and trigger. This Luger is all matching including the magazine.  This Luger bears a stock lug and a hold-open. The 1914 Model Luger is characterized by the short frame, the rear "V" cut fixed and front dovetailed sight and the frame with the stock lug. These series of Lugers were produced from 1914 until 1918 for the German Military. This Parabellum has all matching numbers. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and when exposed (safety down) means safe.

Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style; displayed on the left side of the receiver, the side plate, the locking bolt, the sear bar safety, the extractor, the forward toggle link, the front of the frame, under the barrel, and on the side of the trigger.

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 firing pins were marked with the serial number and  when manufactured the original grips were marked to the gun.  Since firing pins and grips wear and break it is not unusual to find unmarked firing pins or replacement grips.

 

 

 

 The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is marked "Gesichert" with the safe position being downward. This picture also shows the serial number on long sear.

Military Lugers were numbered 1-10000 and then 1a-10000a, 1b-1000b, and so on. To properly identify your Luger always use the full serial number with the alphabet identifier. Telling us the gun served in WWI and shows the honest wear from the Battlefield.

 

The very early proofs of the Germany military acceptance. 1910 was the first recognized year of military contract markings.  Approximately 17,000 1910 dated Lugers were reported manufactured. There was no reported 1910 models manufactured by the Royal Arsenal at Erfurt.

DWM followed the policy of numbering 1-10000, 1a-10,000a then a production run of 17,000 would only reach into the "b's".  However the 1908 1st Issue models began the numbering and ran through 4828b at which point the 1910 date was added to the chamber.

At the outbreak of WWI the German Army seemed reasonably equipped with the Luger Pistol. The DWM factory in Berlin moved to peak production by 1915 and were producing 700 Parabellums per day.

The combined production for DWM  during the war years is only estimated at 740,000.  This was extraordinary for this period when each Luger was individually machined and hand fitted and proofed. The war destroyed vast quantities and these 90 yr old guns that have survived today are treasured in  collections throughout the world.

 

This 1915 holster has a manufacturer's cartouche and is in very good condition.  The leather is still subtle and clear with the pul strap functional and the buckle tab appears to have been replaced at
The holster is the brown color of the Imperial Army with white thread reflects the care of its custodians the past 97 yrs.
The brass Imperial dress buckle with a nearly mint bent and a loading tool complement this rig

 

 

The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for.  The exterior shows honest wear on the muzzle, barrel and high points on the sides. The barrel is shiny and shows distinct lands and grooves. This Luger shows characteristic holster wear on the side plate and front exposed edges of the rails and end of the barrel.

The Luger has all matching numbers including the magazine. The magazine is wood based, numbered to the gun. The magazine is clean. The barrel and the receive are marked with the full serial number and suffix.  Additionally there is 8.83 reflected on the barrel which was the proof marking of land diameter of the barrel. The grooves designed to be 9mm.

Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style.   This example has all matching numbers. The barrel is numbered and proofed and matches the frame. The first toggle link is marked with the DWM monogram, and there is the "V" rear sight on the last toggle link. The proof marks are the amazing story of this gun; on the right of the frame and barrel, matching serial numbers. 

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.  While the quality of the guns finish was not to pre-war standards they were still expertly fitted and the finish was excellent. The Army Test proof was applied to the right receiver, the barrel and left breechblock. Above you can see the unit marking on the holster 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.

This is the first time we have seen a belt clasp as above in 40 years. Pushing on the belt causes the clasp to grasp and hold the belt, depressing on the small paddle button in the middle releases the belt. Undoubtedly the buckle collectors would like to separate this belt from the rig but we keep them together.

The magazines match the gun; (right) the toggles center show the slight interior rolled edge that was an indication of the DWM manufacturing techinque.

 

The Kaiser in the middle east

 

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. We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria. If you need more information about the gun to make your decisions then email josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

This is a excellent example of a 1915 dated  DWM Imperial Luger with all matching parts and dated holster with a loading tool, period belt and brass Imperial buckle. This is a difficult date to obtain in this good of condition.

 

LAYAWAYS:  Sometimes our "significant other" doesn't understand the beauty, craftsmanship and investment potential of one of these investor grade weapons.  In these circumstances where discretion becomes the better part of valor we will accept layaways of up to one year with at least 20% down and some activity occurring monthly to insure that after one year the sale is completed.  Cancellations of layaways forfeit 33% if done within two months, otherwise 100%. You can transfer a layaway to a consignment sale at any time. See "Legal" for exact terms.

 

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WARNING: We do not represent these guns as safe to fire. They are not test fired before sale; they are sold as collectibles only. Prior to firing you should have it inspected by a qualified individual and abide by all safety requirements.

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