1920' DWM Navy Re-work Luger


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This is a completely matching, 1920's DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken) WWI "Navy" Re-Work squeeze-grip Luger with matching magazine  This is chambered for 9mm and has a standard 4" (100mm) barrel fixed sights and walnut grips.   A very unique specimen in good condition with a lot of history in a 99 year old gun.  The frame is marked Werft Kiel which means it was originally assigned to a naval detachment.

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The Treaty of Versailles imposed severe punishment on the central powers of which only Germany had the ability to pay this assessment of 132 billion gold marks. In addition to requiring an occupying army made up of The Allies, Germany was limited to 100,000 troops for defense and was forbidden to produce weapons including barrel lengths greater than 100 mm and less than 9 mm. When the war ended abruptly in November 1918 production at the DWM also stopped because their biggest customer the Imperial German government had abdicated and there was no one left to pay the bills.

If not for the barrel being replaced by removing the 150 mm barrel and replacing it with 100 mm barrel you would have a 1906 Imperial Navy Luger from the Kiel Deutsche Werft. The frame is marked with the Imperial Navy proofs as the ringged Navy matching magazine. On the top of the rear toggle is mounted the 200m Navy site.
This Parabellum has all matching numbers. The four digit number in the 7000 range, is out of approximately 21,000 in the 1906 variation Navy. Serial number 1-9000a were manufactured with the safe position (lever) upward, most were later altered to safe position (with lever) downward and GESICHERT (Safe) moved to the upper safety recess. This was done by having the Gesichert either mailed off, crossed off or filed off and then stamped in the upper part of the safety well, both upper case and lowercase letters are observed.
On the bottom of the barrel is most of the story. The Eagle N proof places this replacement barrel in the mid-20s. Eagle J means alterations (barrel replaced). The magazine matches the frame with the 7721 serial number on the long axis of the magazine. There also a crown "M" which makes this gun appear to have been 1906 Navy with the barrel replaced.
Above the Eagle N & the Eagle J is the name M Müller & then the gauge markings. The straight wing Eagles seen on the Eagle N and Eagle J proof are in conformity with the 1940s proof laws the name of the jobber or armorer at this point remains a mystery. The fact that there are no current military proofs only makes it more difficult to discern. Logic would tell us that now this squeeze-grip 9 mm could sit in the more standard holster and would not require the leather straps for the stock block needed, 1906 model holsters.

Serial number placement is in the civilian ("hidden") style.   The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the bottom of the locking bolt, on the trigger, on the bottom of the barrel, the side plate, and under the first toggle, and the thumb safety.
The 100/200 meter Navy sight. The Navy was orginally issued with a stock and holster similar to the 8" (200mm) Artillery model for the Navy Marines. This is the basic Navy that collectors either add or upgrade into their collections.  Truly an Imperial Navy collectors classic gun.
This Luger has all matching numbers. There are many theories as to why the rings on the Navy magazines; 7.65 - vs. - 9mm, to separate the magazines for accountability. In any case it makes it easy to identify a Navy magazine
The German Navy had three dockyards — at Wilhelmshaven, Kiel and Danzig. The last named was of minor importance, at least as a fitting-out yard. The dockyard superintendent (Oberwerst Director) was a Rear-Admiral or captain, and is directly subordinate to the Secretary of State.  For instanced a Parabellum delivered to Wilhelmshaven and would have subsequently been assigned to a ship where the ships armorer would have placed a unit number for which it was assigned.

The interior of the Luger is in excellent condition with all the parts matching.  The Luger is shown in full recoil and one can see the rear main axel pin and the Imperial Navy proofs. By pushing the thumb safety up now moves the gun into the firing position. The Altered and Second Issue 1906, 1908, 16-17 Navy Models show a clean space under the thumb safety meaning it was originally build to fire "thumb up".
The most distinctive feature of these pistols is undoubtedly the toggle-lock mechanism, which holds the breech closed by locking in a manner not unlike the human knee, which can sustain a heavy weight when straight, but once bent is quite easy to continue to bend. The toggle joint in its straight position resists the rearward force of the detonating cartridge, then "buckles" after enough time has passed. When a round is fired the entire breech, barrel and toggle move straight rearward (on rails) until the toggle begins to ride up on a pair of cams that "breaks" the toggle (makes it bend at the joint). Once the toggle joint is no longer straight, it bends freely, allowing the bolt to come rearward, and the striker to be cocked. The spent cartridge is extracted by a combination extractor/loaded chamber indicator on the top of the toggle, is ejected as the toggle nears the end of its rearward free travel, returning, and a new round is stripped from the magazine and chambered as the toggle is driven back to the straight position by a spring.
Above Left: The Navy's were marked in a partially concealed manner the the side plae & locking lever serialed on the bottom for a clean look. Above Right: This is the early modification to move the safety to a "thumb down" for safe; under the original configuration, after the modification, the Gesichert has been milled out and then stamped with a different font (left up)
The extractor is marked "Geladen" (Loaded) which not only can be seen but also felt by the shooter in the dark. Note below the GELADEN showing the gun is loadedone can see the Crown M naval proof marks (Marinen).  The wear on the side plate shows this gun was holstered most of its service life.

It is entirely subjective to give any firearm a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few collectible weapons 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.>Any questions or request for additional purchases email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com This firearm is eligible for transfer to C&R permit holder, even in California.  We are registered with CA DOJ for firearms shipment.

The U.9 was built by Kaiserliche Werft in Danzig. She was launched on 22 February 1910 and commissioned on 18 April 1910.The U-boat was armed with four 50 cm (20 in) torpedo tubes, two fitted in the bow and two in the stern, and carried 6 torpedoes. The boat's complement was 4 officers and 31 enlisted. Fitted with both diesel engines and petrol engines and two battery engines this was cutting edge for its time.


This gun is an oddity by any measure, 1906 Navy [Altered] with a barrel 100mm replacement 9 mm Barrel that meets the 1940 proof law, attached to a 1906 modified Navy and still in excellent condition. The 100m, 200m rear sight will make this gun excellent to shoot a with the stock that should sit on that stock lug provided &would bring a lot of enjoyment.

Parabellum is offered for $5,895 over-the-counter with the reservation that the gun may be sold before be ing posted as such on the Internet. We reserve the right to sell any Internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that we do not have a cash deposit this gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale.
Any questions or request for additional pictures email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.

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