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This is a 1914 Model, chamber dated 1916 DWM 8" model with the 800 meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. The 1916 Chamber Date is one of the most difficult of the Artillery models in this pristine condition.  There is minimal holster wear and the grips are like new.  The springs and small parts still show the fire blue and the strawed parts are excellent. The Parabellum comes with a 1916 holster fitted for belt wear, a proofed loading tool and a cleaning rod.   (1167)

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This is a 9mm weapon with all the matching parts marked in the military manner (exposed). The barrel is 200mm and it has an adjustable front site. The frame has the stock lug and the thumb safety. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen".  The barrel is numbered and proofed to the weapon. The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for.

This is a 9mm weapon with all the matching parts marked in the military manner (exposed). The barrel is 200mm and it has the adjustable site.  The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves.  The magazine is clean and grips match the gun.

The magazine is clean and grips match the gun. The original intent was to issue the 8" weapon to gun boat crews but it then became standard issue to machine gun crews and artillery units.  The barrel is 200mm (8") and it has the blade adjustable front sight and an adjustable site.  The rear of the receiver has the lanyard loop and the back strap has the stock lug.

 

Acknowledging a requirement to protect the crew served weapons the German army was in search of a shorter, more lightweight weapon than the G98.  The Luger Carbine was well known (the Kaiser hunted with one), so the idea for a long barreled pistol with a stock was an easy jump to make.  In 1914 DWM produced a very few "artillery" models when the decision was made for the Royal Arsenal at Erfurt to produce the 8" Parabellum and DWM to produce the 4" version. DWM with the greater capacity to expand in 1915 produced both the short and long barrel versions.

Note above how some of the Imperial soldiers carried the Parabellum on their waist belt and in other pictures it was carried over the shoulder by the straps. Some of these conversions were done with removal of the stock block and the sewing of belt loops on the holster.  In this case the belt loops were additional strips of leather inserted in the stock block and held by studs. (See below)

 

Sometimes in examination people think the leaf site is bent.  However, when raising the site to the full 800 meter position reveals a 7 left movement.  This design compensates for the rifling on the 200 mm barrel which gives the bullet a twist in flight and if properly adjusted will permit a corrected point of impact.  Another example of Luger engineering.

 

The 95 year old holster is in good condition with the snaps, straps and closures all functional. The inset picture is the manufacturers cartouche from the city of Erfurt in 1916.  A real find for the collector.

 

The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves.  The magazine is clean and grips match the gun.
Note the holster above and the belt conversion.  In this case the belt loops were additional strips of leather inserted in the stock block and held by studs. Additional magazines were carried in pouches and boxes of 9mm were carried often in the K-98 rifle leather pouches as shown in the picture right.

Corporal Adolph Hitler had volunteered at age 25 by enlisting in a Bavarian Regiment. Hitler was a dispatch runner, taking messages back and forth from the command staff in the rear to the fighting units near the battlefield. During lulls in the fighting he would take out his watercolors and paint the landscapes of war.

On October 7, 1916, Hitler's luck ran out when he was wounded in the leg by a shell fragment during the Battle of the Somme. He was hospitalized in Germany. It was his first time away from the Front after two years of war. Following his recovery, he went sightseeing in Berlin, then was assigned to light duty in Munich.

In August 1918, he received the Iron Cross 1st Class, a rarity for foot soldiers. Interestingly, the lieutenant who recommended him for the medal was a Jew, a fact Hitler would later obscure. Despite his good record and a total of five medals, he remained a corporal. Due to his unmilitary appearance and odd personality, his superiors felt he lacked leadership qualities and thought he would not command enough respect as a sergeant.

 

This 95 year old gun has been cared for by other custodians of to preserve it for us today in this pristine condition. The inside of the gun is clean and reflects the effort for cleaning the past 94 years. Lugers that are stored for any period of time should have the wooden grips at least waxed on the inside to protect contact with the metal.

The barrel and frame match and the last two digits of the serial number appear throughout the gun.

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 is an excellent example of the dated 1916 Artillery in minty condition with all the basic Imperial proofs in very early 1916 production with an adjustable front sight. If you are collecting the dated artilleries then you know how hard it is to find one like this. This offering included the dated 1916 holster, the proofed loading tool and cleaning rod and belt loop attachments for belt wear. Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.   

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