1918 DWM/Mauser Shooter

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This is a DWM (Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken AG) 1918 dated Military Model, 9mm Parabellum with that has been re-worked. probably toward the end of World War II and assembled from parts.  There is an "1918" over the Chamber and this represents the year the gun was brought into service by the Imperial Army.  This Parabellum has an after market magazine. Several people have asked us to provide a "Shooter" so they can enjoy a Luger without worrying about denigrating the value. (1947)

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In 1930 Mauser inherited the assets of BKIW (formerly DWM) and the remaining inventory was moved from Berlin to Suhl.  Many Parabellums were assembled from these parts and integrated into the production of Mauser from the early contract guns up until 1937. In 1942 production was ordered for the P38 and the P08 was discontinued.  Mauser was sitting on parts and supplies to continue to assemble the Parabellum over the remaining years of the war.


The barrel length is 4" (100mm) 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 partially matching with a after-market magazine.  This Luger bears a stock lug and a hold-open. The small drilling in the stock lug tells us that this was a Mauser manufacture. The 1934 Model Luger is characterized by the short frame, the rear "V" cut fixed and front dovetailed sight and the frame with the stock lug. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and when exposed (safety down) means safe.
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 (after 1908), the barrel and left breechblock. 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.


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Above Left: The barrel and the frame are reflective of two serial numbers and shows the "S42" stamp of a Mauser proofed barrel.  This indicates that the barrel was changed out by probably Mauser.   Above Right: The toggles in full recoil show us the 2mm




German Recruiting Poster and the jubilant entry into the Great War without any real understanding of the destruction and damage that was to occur as the modern methods of warfare were to exact an unheard of carnage in men and country side.


The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for. Located on the frame is an "N" indicating new parts were added, more than likely in a re-build of parts for the Volkssturm  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.

Above Left: The extractor is marked "Geladen" (Loaded) and is up when there is a cartridge in the chamber. This tells the shooter both tactilely and visually that the gun is loaded.  Above Left: With the side plate removed we can see the trigger which is blued and appears to be a Mauser part.

Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style; displayed on the left side of the receiver, the side plate, the locking bolt, the sear bar safety, the extractor, the forward toggle link, the front of the frame, under the barrel, and on the side of the trigger.
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.


Firing modern day ammunition in the German Parabellum requires three consideration. After you have thoroughly inspected your gun for safety considerations and functionality: The Luger is designed for a strong ammunition and works best with a minimum of 115 grain bullet to avoid "stove piping" or the failure to fully eject.  You need to use a new after-market magazine to insure the spring strength of the magazine will not present a failure to feed. Then there are the basic rules of Shooting:

1. Treat Every Gun as it is Loaded,  2. Never Point the Muzzle of your gun at something you don't want to destroy. 3. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. 4. Check your surroundings to be sure nothing you don't want to shoot is in the path of the bullet. 5. Know how the works that you are firing. 6. Unload and Safely Store your firearm so it is not found or used by someone other than you. 

This 1918 dated DWM/Mauser is in good - very strong condition and offered for $1,850.00 over the counter. This Parabellum show honest holster wear, an assembly of DWM and Mauser parts and a strong shiny barrel. This gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet.

We reserve the right to sell any internet offering to a direct sale and no not warrant the availability of any firearm that does not have a physical deposit. This gun may be withdrawn without notice for in-store sale.  Call for availability. This Parabellum has not been test fired nor do we certify the gun is safe to fire.  Inspection has been limited to a visual examination of parts and assembly.  If you are uncertain or plan to use other than factory made ammunition have he weapon inspected by a competent gunsmith before attempting to fire this weapon.


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