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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 in this pristine condition.  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.     (935)

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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 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.

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 ever 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.

 

 

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 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.

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. Adjustable front sight; up through part of 1917 the Artillery Luger was manufactured with an adjustable front sight. 

The serial numbers are marked in the "military manner" meaning they are exposed on the parts. This Luger has all matching parts. The low 4 digit serial number without a suffix 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.

 

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.

 

Above Right: The stock iron is serial numbered to the gun making this an all-matching artillery rig.

 

Right:  The loading is Imperial Proofed, original issue to the weapon.

 

The leather is still subtle and complete with all the straps, cups, and keepers 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 no markings that we have found. The stock iron protective cup is lined.

The Cleaning rod is an original with the head that turns and is small barreled.  Below you can see the Military Acceptance Stamp inside the holster and the 1915 date.

The stock has the Imperial proof and the iron is serial numbered to the gun. This makes this shoulder original to the Luger. Below you can see how the rig assembles into the carbine.

 

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 matching  magazine, an Imperial proofed matching stock and full leather accessories including the cleaning rod,  and proofed loading tool.  This is as good as it gets.   Layaway available, see below.   Questions to: josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com This complete rig is offered for $8,895.00 over-the-counter.

 

 

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