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In 1922 the Abercrombie & Fitch Company of New York, known then as the "Greatest Sporting Goods Store In the World" imported 100 of these Lugers from German to sell at a then sales price of $40.00. This model is a 9mm with a 120mm barrel (4 3/4").  It comes with an extremely rare original Abercrombie & Fitch cartouche holster for the 1906 Model Luger            (1385)

 

This is a 1906 Model with the squeeze grip safety, the DWM (Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken AG) log on the first toggle link and the Swiss Cross over the Chamber. This weapon has the no stock lug and clean grips. The grips are original and made of walnut. The magazine is the "Swiss" type with the distinctive discs in the magazine.

Serial number placement is in the commercial ("hidden") style; displayed on the left side of the receiver, the bottom of the side plate, the locking bolt,  the front of the frame, under the barrel, and on the side of the trigger. This whole gun has matching serial numbers. 

There is must discussion about the "Made in Switzerland" on the barrel with out any Swiss proofs. Today's information suggests they were made by Hammerli (circa 1922). The bore is excellent and the overall condition is very good.  This is a collector grade gun and a welcome addition to anyone's private collection.

A very rare early holster for the American Eagle that were commercially sold in the US. Matching the Abercrombie and Fitch makes this combination a really prized collectors item.

The disc that is employed on the "Swiss" magazine is decorative only.  There was an early attempt to "dress up" the Lugers for the Swiss with bordered grips and discs in the grips.  These magazines "pop up" on various commercial guns and there is little documentation as to when they were ordered or supplied.

 

 

See Kenyon,  Lugers at Random Page 198, or Jones, Luger Variations, Page 163

The post WWI production of guns is particular with the suffix of the guns. The "i" block is generally believed to be used for contract guns and was a distinctive suffix before the "alphabet" guns which were parts guns left over from wartime production. These long frame with the long sear and original '06 parts were taken from old stock and used the fill the order for the American market after the war when DWM was searching for customers.

 

The extractor is marked Geladen (Loaded) and raised when loaded so you can not only see but feel the extractor in unlighted situations. The Luger is marked in the commercial manner with the four digit serial number on the frame, the bottom of the barrel (horizontally) and left side. Two digit number appear on the breach block, under the toggle and trigger.  The rear thumb safety has the slight indent of the original frames that one can feel with their finger.

The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is polished with the safe position being upward. The rear sight is a  "V" cut fixed and front dovetailed sight and the frame comes without the stock lug.

The inside of the gun is very clean and shows that someone has cared for this fine Luger for over 80 years.

Abercrombie and Fitch was a long-established sporting goods store in New York and sold the Parabellum prior to the emergence of Stoeger getting the US Contract from DWM. The number of these 1922 German made 7.65mm "Swiss" Lugers runs from 50 to 100's with no actual records. However they are in the rare category when in this minty condition.

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 a very difficult variation to find in such fine condition. Clean inside and out from many years of care by previous owners. This Luger is looking for a good home and custodian to preserve a unique piece of history.
These were extraordinarily well finished Luger with minimal tool markings and highly polished before bluing. The proofs and icons are well struck and give this Parabellum the distinctive look of the Classic Luger.

 

This is a true "i" block Abercrombie and Fitch made on the long frame with the long sear in the early 1920's for Abercrombie and Fitch  by DWM within the early orders. This Luger is Minty and will be the pride of any advanced collector.   We reserve the right to withdraw this Luger at any time for sale over the counter. Any questions or request for additional pictures please email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com

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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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