1902 Luger Carbine

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This is a excellent example of the 1902's Model DWM (Deutsches Waffen Und Munitionsfabriken Co) sporting carbine. These were a limited manufacture for the "light rifle market". The barrel is 300mm long with a ramp front sight and came in the 7.65mm (.30 Cal Luger).  This guns utilizes the "long" frame and short sear of the post 1914 models along with the characteristic toggles of the 1906-08 Parabellums.    (1995)

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WWI abruptly ending on November 11, 1918 and immediately DWM lost the major contractor for their Parabellum product.  To keep the wheels turning under the onerous terms of the Treaty of Versailles DWM began to produced the "alphabet guns" of the 1920 using the military frames from WWI production with the alphabet suffix to create exported Lugers while trying to regain a foothold in commercial sales.

The slot on the underside of the extension is to receive the tang pushed through the forearm stock. The (A) under the barrel and  (A) on the receiver is the Crown B,U,G, proofs explained below. (B) The serial number appears on the stock extension and under the barrel. The (C) shows the serial number under the locking lever, on the bottom of the side plate and on the grip safety.
The barrel is marked with a five digit serial number centered indicating that this was a commercial designated gun from inception; not an over-numbered military with a suffix that because known as the alphabet guns.  The frame matches the barrel assembly and GERMANY,  stamped under the barrel (Country of Origin required on all export guns). Collectors prize the guns that are BUG proofed.  The Crown B (Beschuss) means the barrels were tested using a heavier load in accordance with the 1892 proof law. The Crown U (Untersuchung) means it was inspected after assembly and the Crown G (Gozogen) means a rifled barrel.

You can see the side plate also possessing the last two digits of the serial number under the sideplate.   The bottom of the magazine is unmarked, characteristic of the commercial gun numbering.

The early 1900 dished toggle has a spring loaded latch that when the gun is fired moves past the small hook welded into the frame after it is milled to begin its ascent into ejection. At the second marker we can see where on the early frame had the hold open added, common when this feature was introducted to go back and modify the existing guns.
The extractor is the old style with the leaf spring that was staw blued. The Swiss in their trial modified the extractor to solid metal and DWM adopted that on the 1906 models. The bore is good with distinctive lands and groove.  The thumb safety is old style, Thumb up for safe (the exposed white) and thumb down to fire. These positions were changed with the 1904 Navy when it was determined it was more intuitive to push the thumb up for shooting.
This Parabellum is 7.65mm which was the preferred caliber for accuracy both in Europe and South America. Serial number placement is in the commercial ("hidden") style. The thumb safety is buffed. The last two digits appear on the takedown lever, the trigger, the bottom of the side plate, the rear toggle, under the front toggle, the breach block, the receiver, and the front stock.  The rear toggle is smooth without any sight definition utilizing the graduated three position rear sight in front of the chamber.
The forearm is a maching onto itself; (A) is a spring loaded plunger that is activated by a stob on the barrel and assists pushing the long barrel back into battery. (B) Is the tang that when pushed slides through the slot in the frame extension to secure the forearms and (C) is the serial number stamped in the forearm. The front lug (A) on the barrel fits into the slot in the forearm depicted above and rests on a compressed spring that helps drive the long barrel back into battery. These early models with the leaf springs in the grips did not have the return power of the coiled spring that was introduced in the 1903 transition guns.
The very fine checkering applied to the front and rear stock is the quality of the old craftsman and achieved now with six figure long guns.  It is with pride that these guns were made and looked after all these years.
The DWM monogram markings appear on the 1st toggle link and the extractor is the original design "leaf" type which was soon redesigned to increase its strength. Original grips are finely cut diamond shaped checkering made from walnut or in some cases beech wood.


The Albrecht Kind (1906) Hunstig Bei Dieringhausen catalog listed  the carbine individually with the slings and cases (one for a bicycle) in their catalog.


The wood checkering on the stock IS simply a work of art and bring a sense of pride to any owner of such craftsmanship.   The stock is the double-screw variation and the wood is the warmly colored walnut.

Both grips are serial numbered to the Luger.  Beside presentations to the Kaiser Wilhelm and President Teddy Roosevelt another carbine was engraved and presented to Hiram Maxim.  Famous owners of a beautiful example of a century of craftsmanship.

 One of the keys to originality is the peak on the butt stock which separates the orginals from the knock-off stocks.  Note the matching numbers and the two digits of the early design on the rear toggle and the two-screw stock iron.
On the stock is the traditional "V" notched butt plate usually made of cow horn.

These Lugers with the 300mm barrels were designed for the small game extensively hunted in Europe.  Light weight an fitted with a custom forearm and checkered full stock these Parabellums are simply beautiful. The 1900 Carbine uses the long frame, the long sear and the toggle lock mechanism on the right side of the gun. It fired a heavy load 7.65mm round to actuate the long barrel mechanism.  

You can see the side plate also possessing the last two digits of the serial number under the sideplate.   The bottom of the magazine is unmarked, characteristic of the commercial gun numbering. On the bottom of the magazine is an early DWM proof, rarely seen.
The three hundred meter front sight. Above: Here we can see the adjustable sight located on the barrel in front of the chamber. It has three stop adjustments at 100, 200 and 300 meters.  From our firing experience in the past these guns were very accurate. The front sight is the original ramp style with a metal bead.
Here we have the exposed interior in full recoil so you can see all the internal parts of this marvelous firearm. The crown "B" and "U" are clearly visible on the chamber and the 1st toggle link.  Inside the rear grip are the leaf springs that return the whole carriage to battery.
Included with this offering is a custom made box
1902 Luger Carbine

Prior to WWI the DWM Luger production for the commercial market peaked. The greatest client was the United States and then South America.The demand was sufficient in 1902 for the publication of the Spanish language version of the instruction manual. Argentina perhaps had the greatest demand for the Luger and for the 7.65mm ammunition.
The DWM carbine was presented to Kaiser Wilhelm and President Teddy Roosevelt who are stated to used the gun in horseback hunting. There was also a carbine with the GL mark of Georg Luger and presented to Hiram Maxim who invented the toggle for his machine gun.


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.    
1902 Parabellum Carbine

This classic gun is offered for only $17,450.00, over-the-counter with only $20%, ($3,490.00) down and monthly payments up to a year.

Call for availability. 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. Any questions or requests to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com   


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