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This is a completely matching, 1910 Dated, DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken) WWI Imperial Luger with a matching magazine.  This is chambered for 9mm and has a standard 4" barrel fixed sights and walnut grips and matching magazine and is Unit Marked to the King's Own Mounted Regiment, led by the Kaiser Wilhelm II.   This WWI Luger manufactured for standard issue firearm to the German military was designated the Pistole 08 for 1908, the year of acceptance by the German Imperial Army. A very unique specimen in good condition with a lot of history in a 106 year old gun.   (1253)


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   The causes of World War I, which began in central Europe in July 1914, included many intertwined factors, such as the conflicts and hostility of the four decades leading up to the war. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. However, the immediate origins of the war lay in the decisions taken by statesmen and generals during the July Crisis of 1914, casus belli for which was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife by Gavrilo Princip, an irredentist Serb on June 28, 1914. On that date Austria declared war on Serbia.  Germany, an ally of Austria declared war on August 1st declared war on Russia an ally of Serbia and France on August 3rd 1914. The English, an ally of France declared war on Germany on August 4th, 1914

   The crisis came after a long and difficult series of diplomatic clashes between the Great Powers over European and colonial issues in the decade before 1914 that had left tensions high. In turn these diplomatic clashes can be traced to changes in the balance of power in Europe since 1867.  The more immediate cause for the war was tensions over territory in the Balkans. Austria-Hungary competed with Serbia and Russia for territory and influence in the region and they pulled the rest of the Great Powers into the conflict through their various alliances and treaties.

World War I as a declared state of war lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918.

After a decade of unstable alliances and military buildups, World War I was triggered in 1914 by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. It ended in 1918 with the Treaty of Versailles.

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   The war lasted until Germany signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918


This is the early Imperial Luger with the 100mm barrel; a later installed factory hold open, the long sear and no stock lug.  This was the early 1908 Model for collectors and a difficult date to find.

Germany was not at war in 1910 and the procurement of side arms had not reached the pitch it achieved in 1913. The 1910 model is very difficult for the collector to obtain, only approximately 17,000 were made and this one with the unit markings and exquisite holster makes it a jewel in anyone's collection.

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. The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is marked "Gesichert" with the safe position being downward. The proof marks are the amazing story of this guns. Telling us the gun served in WWI and shows the honest wear from the Battlefield.

The top and bottom of this gun shows what excellent condition this very early WWI Luger portrays.  This was the first year that the production date was placed on the guns and is a must for the serious WWI collector.

1.J.P.1.20 [Königs-Jäger zu Pherde Regiment] or The 1st King's Mounted Rifles were a light cavalry regiment of the Royal Prussian Army from 1901 to 1918. When the Imperial German Army was reorganized as the Reichsheer, A Squadron/10th Horse became bearer of the regiment's tradition.
The 1st King's Mounted Rifles belonged to the V Army Corps and was garrisoned in Posen. When the regiment was mobilized in 1914 it formed 10th Cavalry Brigade. Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment was Wilhelm II, German Emperor who was also the King of Prussia, hence the title King's.
Unit markings were prevelant in the early stages of WWI.  It is easy to read the unit markings with a little knowledg of their Order of Battle. This one is Jäger-zu Pferde Nr. 1. 1st Squadron Weapon #20. The 1 tells us that it is the first Jäger or Calvary unit which was a Prussian Unit under the Kaiser himself.  The "P" or Pferde means "horse" indicating the calvary of the designation and the next 1 tells us it was the 1st Squadron.  The weapon number is always last and the 20th tells us the unit armorer had this as his 20th weapon.

Kaiser Wilhelm II,  King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany

Above: On the barrel is the military acceptance stamp for DWM. The early Luger's did not have serial numbers on the extractor and 1st toggle link, rather the 2nd was stamped with the last two digits of the serial number.  Note the thumb safety as the "02" representing the last two digits.  Below:  The nice clean lines of the Parabellum are evident as are the two inspection proofs on the receiver and the DWM acceptance stamp.
The holster is in excellent conditon with the white thread showing throughout telling us that this early Imperial holster was originally dyed black. The leather is still soft and subtle and the parts fully functional. 
Above you can see the BAIII indicating it was accepted by the III Corps Quarter Master Unit. and then the manufacturers cartouch telling us that it was made by a saddle maker  and the city of origin. It is like a book trying to tell its story.
1910 Luger

Ulan Mounted Calavry                                          Kaiser Wilhelm II
27th Jäger  Battalion

The inside of this gun is testament to the stewartship of its owners. Some of the springs and pins still show the fireblue and you can see the trigger and the sear both distplay the "02". Showing minimal wear and super clean inside and out this captured piece was well cared for over the past 107 years. Also note the long sear that requires the thumb safety to be up or firing position to pull back the toggles to unload.  This was corrected in 1916.
This close up picture of the trigger shows the last two digits of the serial number and the same is true on the grips.  All matching.
The 1908 Parabellum was initially ordered without the hold open to save money for the Imperial Government.  It was quickly determined that the shooter didn't know when the gun was empty in the excitement of battle.  The Luger's were then called back and the hold-open was installed and the small extension through the frame indicates those guns so modified. note tiny proof by installation. Above Right: The two magazine are silver sleeved wrapped and crimped with  DWM tooling.  There is a coil spring and wood bottom that are serial numbered to the gun, both primary and extra magazine.
Above Left: The DWM acceptance proof is similar but not the same as the proof of the Erfurt Inspector.  Both  had an Imperial "Alder" Eagle with crown but the Erfurt eagle grasped an orb to represent the world and a cross of peace. Above Right: The toggle in full recoil shows us extractor after ejection and the rear main axel pin 85% exposed. The back of the "ears" are flat or straight down which left the axel pin exposed for the brief instant of full recoil.

The Parabellum by Calvary

The assault at Verdun

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. Above the trigger pin one can see a small metal extrusion in the frame resulting from the recall and installation of the "hold open" device.  The 1908-1913 models were made with out the milling and insertion of this device that held the gun open after the last round was fired as a money-saving devise. This was overturned with the experiences gained in the field.

Above Left: A very early proofed loading tool with two indistinguishable numbers appearing not related to this gun.  Above Right: Here is a view of the early "hidden or commercial"  method of marking the serial numbers, under the locking lever and sideplate. At the outbreak of WWI the German Army seemed reasonably equipped with the Luger Pistol. The DWM factory in Berlin moved to peak production by 1915 and were producing 700 Parabellums per day.

The combined production for DWM  during the war years is only estimated at 740,000.  This was extraordinary for this period when each Luger was individually machined and hand fitted and proofed. The war destroyed vast quantities and these 100 yr old guns that have survived today are treasured in  collections throughout the world.

There is only two Crown Inspection marks on the right side plus the DWM acceptance Eagle. Later another stage of proofing was added and most Imperials will display three Crown Letters and the Acceptance Eagle.

Above:  The bottom of the magazine with the matching serial number. Bottom of barrel with the serial number and gauge markings. On the left is the frame and barrel matching serial numbers.  Military Lugers were numbered 1-10000 and then 1a-10000a, 1b-1000b, and so on. To properly identify your Luger always use the full serial number with the alphabet identifier.

The holstered gun, 107 years old and a veteran of WWI, ftom the King's own Mounted Calvary in just minty condition looking for a good home.



 Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg and General Frederic "Hans"  von Rosenberg

German Trench Warfare


With this offering you receive a 1910 Dated Imperial WWI all matching Luger, matching magazines making this a 107 year old battlefield pickup.

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