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This is a 1914 Model, chamber dated 1915 DWM 8" model with the 800 meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. The 1915 Chamber Date is one of the most difficult of the Artillery models to find with an adjustable front site. 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. This rig comes with a strapped holstered rig, cleaning rod, proofed loading tool.     (1715)

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This is a 1914 Model, chamber dated 1915 DWM 8" model with the 800 meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. This 200mm barreled artillery model is all matching, including the stock to the match the gun and the magazines all match.   This dated full rig shows up in this condition once every 40 years.  

 

Acknowledging a requirement to protect the crew served weapons the German army was in search of a shorter, more lightweight weapon than the K98.  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.

 

The barrel length is 8" (200mm) 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.

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 receiver are marked with the full serial number and suffix.  Additionally there is 8.84 reflected on the barrel which was the proof marking of land diameter of the barrel. The grooves designed to be 9mm.

 

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.   The Army Test proof was applied to the right receiver, the barrel and left breech block.  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.

Here one can see the extractor marked "Geladen" [Loaded] and with the thumb safety "down" exposing the German word "Gesichert" (safe) the safety block behind the sear is up and the gun loaded and not ready  to fire.  The extension of the extractor could be felt in the dark give the soldier the assurance he was ready to fire.

The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves. The exterior of the gun is very clean for 95 year old battlefield pickup. The magazines are clean and grips match the gun. This Parabellum is in very good condition, having been in a good home the last 42 years in a private collection. Below all the parts are displayed.

The serial numbers are marked in the "military manner" meaning they are exposed on the parts. This Luger has all matching parts. The no  suffix serial number  puts this Parabellum in the early part of 1915. This is a great collector grade weapon, low serial number, all matching,  and a wonderful addition to anyone's collection.

 

 

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 toggles seen in full recoil with the fire blued rear main axel pin and the sort sear of the post 1915 models.  The leaf site in the extended position to give you the angle of the barrel for long shooting.

Above Left:  The small parts are marked with the last two digits of the serial number; as on the top of the thumb safety Above Right: Shows the last two digits of the serial number on the small parts plus the four digits on the frame and under the barrel.

Above:  Small arrows denote the last two digits of the serial number on the leaf site, extractor, 1st toggle, rear of the second toggle and the top of the thumb safety.  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. 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.

Above: 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. This was designed as a precision weapon and with the extended barrel and 800m rear sight make it formidable.

 

 

Here you can see the Parabellum with the holster and field strap and the double magazine pouch. The leather is still subtle and complete with all the pull strap, loading tool pocket and "ears" on the cleaning rod and with a little care should last another 100 years. The double magazine pouch is made of the same color leather as the holster and has a manufacturers cartouche.

The three matching magazines, very rare to find except in old collections fit one in the gun and two in the double magazine pouch. The pouch is fitted with a belt loop so it could be worn each way (on the sling or belt)

 

Above Left:  The loading tool is Imperial Proofed, original issue to the weapon. On the right is a very rare adjustable front site from a 1915 dated Artillery.  These were discontinued in 1917 and only the very early guns were produced with the adjustable front site.

Above:  The black leather is the original color and you can see the lining in the stock cup that protects the stock lug. Below: The Cleaning rod is an original with the head that turns and is small barreled.

The cleaning road has a proofed small barrel top on a swivel and the full length bore rod is compatible wit the 200mm barrel.  The Lower Right: shows the four digits of the matching serial number on the stock.

During WWI to control the guns being brought back there was a requirement for foreign weapons to have the papers registered with the Government prior to debarkation in the US.  This commonly became know was Bring-Back papers and were highly prized by collectors in the 60'-70's but over time they have become so scarce that you have to ask collectors or sellers if they ever had the papers and low and behold they will sometimes haul them out of uncle "Tom's" shoe box and ask if this is what your talking about.  This guy was in the 5th Infantry so you just have to Google that out and look for Unit OAB.  in any case a super piece of provenance.

 

 

This is a very difficult to obtain, full rig dated DWM 1915 in excellent condition with all the basic Imperial proofs and all the accouterments.  Included with the gun is a double magazine pouch with the 2nd & 3rd   magazines, an Imperial proofed matching stock and full leather accessories including the cleaning rod,  and proofed loading tool.  This is as good as it gets.   This piece of history is complete and offered  to the collector seeking the best. Layaway available, see below.   Questions to: josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com C This gun is subject to sale in store and not guaranteed to be available at auction or on the web.  Call first for availability.

 

 

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