1929 DWM Death Head Rig


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This is a beautiful example of the 1914 Model DWM (Deutsches Waffen Und Munitionsfabriken Co) Manufactured Pistole-08 sometime in 1928 or 1929. The blank toggle has two conventional wisdom sources. One believe is that they were "Sneaks" manufactured with blank toggles to confuse the waning Allied Inspectors that were inspecting the German wartime facilities for compliance. The Death Head on the Chamber is symbolic of the early Weimar Werewolves from whom the SA (Sturm Arbeitlung) was recruited which morphed into the SS enforcement units. (1484)

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This is chambered for 7.65mm and has a standard 4" barrel (100mm) fixed sights and walnut grips.   This WWI style Luger appears manufactured for standard issue firearm to the German Police but without the sear safety. The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is marked "Gesichert" with the safe position being downward. The proof marks indicates this Parabellum started out as part of the Weimar 100,000 man army permitted by the Treaty of Versailles.
Deathhead 1933
The Death head (Totenkopf) was carved into the headspace of this Parabellum and this points us to a police unit or the werewolf units. Above Right; one can see the "52" last two digits of the serial number on the bottom of the locking lever and side plate as if this were a commercial contract gun; although numbered for the military. 
The bottom of the barrel reflects the full serial number of the gun indicating this both parts are original and matching. The magazine: The serial number and the suffix are matched throughout the gun and on the magazines which are numbered as police which matches the frame and the bottom of the magazine. Police guns were marked with a 1 and 2 for the primary and additional magazine. 
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. The original firing pins were marked with the serial number and  when manufactured the original grips were marked to the gun.  Since firing pins and grips wear and break it is not unusual to find unmarked firing pins or replacement grips.
The inside grip of this weapon are the letters S. H. (Roman Numeral) I.21. This gun started out in the German state of Prussia, Hannover district Schultzpolizei (Protection Police). So the reading is S.H.I.21, 21st gun. These units morphed in the major cities into the Protection Police or Scherheitspolizei (Sipo).
The Crown N on the barrel is a distinct commercial marking and it is also found in the first toggle link. On the right side of the barrel and on the side of the receiver are small police markings and a very early Waffenamt stamp. Along with the police markings on the grip in the SS runes of the magazines. This gun has quite a tale to tell.



The magazine(s) is are early Haenel Schmeisser extruded with the "Z" spring. Therefore we should conclude this is a remainder from the DWM stocks that were still being intermittently used up in 1937.

The holster provides more close to its travels. On the back we can see the manufacturers cartouche and the Waffenamt proof. At one time this holster was designed to fit web dear, but it had been repaired with plugs. Of the ski troops holsters so this creates a real enigma for the collector to figure out.
Above left: the inside of the flap as the SS Runes & Markings of the Police Division. The loading tool. This March with a variety of proofs beginning with Imperial Police markings and then a multitude of numbers and letters. Another well traveled Luger piece of equipment that troops help tell its tale..



SS Luger

The inside of the gun is as clean and well maintained as the exterior. you can see all the matching serial numbers on all the small parts and the short sear of the post 1915 models, the thumb safety down (Safe) with the German word Gesichert (safe). 


Above Left: The trigger reveals the matching number of the gun and still has the 'straw' blue under the side plate. This picture also depicts the magazine safety that was installed on the gun (since disabled).  Above Right: The last two digits of the serial number appear on the sear and the rear main axel pin.

Death Head Luger
The right side is clean and except for minor holster wear would be rated excellent. Below: On the right side one can see the small police proofs and in early ( 30s') waffenamt proof. (Below Left)
Above Right: In 1932 the Reichswehrministerium issued an order that the rear connecting pin be serial numbered to the gun. In this case we see the last two digits of the serial #752. Below:The extractor is stamped "Geladen" which is German for loaded. This device serves both visually and tactility to the shooter that the gun is loaded in by pushing up the thumb safety to cover the word Gesichert (Safety). One is ready to shoot.
Death head (TotenKopf) Luger Rig
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.


The 3rd SS Panzer Division -

The SS Division Totenkopf was formed in October 1939. The Totenkopf was initially formed from concentration camp guards of the 1st (Oberbayern), 2nd (Brandenburg) and 3rd (Thüringen) Standarten (regiments) of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, and men from the SS-Heimwehr Danzig.



This 1929 All-Matching DWM Nazi Death Head is a very difficult gun for the collector to find and the historical paradigm may not be an absolute answer of one theory or another but rather an evolution  from the early Hussar cavalry to the Nazi Death Head of the SchutzstaffelThis Parabellum, two matching magazine, proofed loading tool & period holster.

Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.    This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale. We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and do not warrant the availability of any firearm that do not have a cash deposit.

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