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Luger 1928 Dutch East Indies (M11) Rig  

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This is a pre-WWII Parabellum manufactured by DWM for a contract to the Dutch for the East Indies Army. It was designated the M11 by the Dutch and only 3,820 were delivered in August/September 1928 within the range of 10182 to 14001 (inclusive).  They had the 102mm barrel, standard 1906 squeeze-grip safety, were 9mm and lacked the lug for a butt-stock. (1080)

 

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This thumb safety was marked "RUST", the magazine is the early style DWM with the wooden base and coil spring. Most examples of this Luger have suffered extreme surface damage due to the climate in which they were deployed.  This one is in extraordinarily good condition for its age and service.

Sometimes the Luger will talk to us and tell us its story.  In this case it carries all its history right there for us to see. Telling us it began in Berlin in 1928, went to Holland, was destined to be shipped  to the Dutch East Indies.  From the indication of the condition of this gun it must not have left Europe because it still has the DWM high deep blue finish.

One of the idiosyncrasies of the Dutch Luger was the requirement for the extractor to be marked Geladen on both sides (exposed only when loaded).  Note the GELADEN extractor marked on both sides, a Dutch Military specification and the KOL proof markings, clean and crisp. See The Dutch Luger, by Martens & de Vries Page 139.  These pictures captures the specifics of the 1928 Model manufactured by DWM.  The Crown N proof, the shortened post 1915 sear, with a hold open and no stock lug.

 

See Kenyon "Lugers at Random" Page 208  These Lugers we purchased to deploy to the East Indies which suffered mostly from the climate as Holland was neutral in WWI.  The East Indies guns were scheduled for factory refinish every six or seven years.  The original blue is the bright rust blue of the DWM factory, while the factory refinish was a rather dull blue or "semi-matte" in appearance.

The modified Dutch Magazine, so rare that these sell for $450-$500 by themselves.

The bottom of the magazines were unmarked.  The serial numbers of these guns were hidden, as these were commercial guns contracted to the Dutch. Note the Crown N on the barrel and the serial number fall into the recognized block of Dutch Air Force.

This fantastically well preserved holster is considered rare in the minty condition it is found. The proof marks of inspectors and perhaps some unit marks are on the front flap. 

Germany invaded Holland on May 10th, 1940 and despite the heroics of their air force (they lost 62 of 125 planes on the first day) the battle was over by May 14th while small skirmishes continued for until the 16th.  Blitzkrieg was born.   Dutch Invasion German Newsreels

The Dutch East Indies M11 had three types of magazine. The standard magazine with the rear pin, a double pinned magazine and then this one pictured to enable the inside of the magazine to be cleaned.  It consisted of a metal spring at the base of the magazine with a folded lug of spring fitted in the slot to the rear. By pushing on the on the lug at the rear you could release the spring and remove the base for cleaning. This was not a long term solution and quickly wore out and these magazines were discontinued.  To find one in such excellent shape only emphasizes the uniqueness of this weapon as a collector's gun.

Included in this offering is the all matching DWM Dutch KL proofed East Indies Luger in a proofed holster with the cleaning rod

 

These Lugers were among the very last that were produced by Berlin-Karlsruher Industrie-Werke A.G., the successor of DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Muntionsfabriken) when they resumed production in 1927.  The Dutch East Indies Army was one of the first and last customers for the Lugers.  Delivered in Aug/Sept of 1928 only 3,820 were produced. Only the Dutch Navy in a limited quantity were delivered by DWM in 1930.  The balance of that contract was made by Mauser.

 

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.

This all matching Luger has the distinction of possessing  the original grips as delivered by DWM and serial numbered to the gun. The inside of the (below) is exceptionally clean and has the serial number on the rear axel pin, a characteristic usually attributed to the 1932 order of the Heeres-Verordnungsblatt.

The grips are the original DWM and are not stamped with the GS indicating that they were made in the East Indies.

Nor does the barrel have the date stamped on it as to when it was brought into service as East Indies weapons usually do. 

This is the cleanest Dutch Luger we have ever seen. I would say this one never left Holland or if it did it was in a diplomatic pouch and never saw the action or the affects of the jungle.

This is a chance to own a magnificent Dutch KL of which only 3,820 guns were accepted by the Dutch and most of them were lost in WWII both in combat and by the elements.

This is as good as it gets for the Dutch Luger collector.  The gun is minty with all matching numbers, comes with a beautiful period holster and has the Dutch modified magazine. 

 

In the beginning, 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. Despite the fact that they are one of the world's smallest nations, the Netherlands were good customers of DWM. Not only did the Army use the Luger but also the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Netherlands Indies Army (K.N.I.L.) plus the Dutch Air Force.

 

There is even more. An original Dutch Magazine pouch with the Pin Punch and the Loading Tool.  This alone is a $2500 value with such a rare piece of accompanying leather.   Note the "Z" stamp and button top design.

This is a very rare pouch.  For a holster to survive after so many years it is astounding that we should find one that is not only complete but in such good condition and with the internal tools.

 

This is an outstanding example of the 1928 Model Dutch Parabellum that is in super excellent original condition.  All matching and with a modified Dutch magazine plus the proofed holster this gun has both collector and historical significance for the advanced collector. In addition there is a two pouch magazine with a punch and loading tool.                    

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