1906 Swiss Bern Luger Military

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1907 Swiss Bern

This is a Swiss Model 1906 manufactured by the Swiss at their factory in Bern Switzerland For their military use. Numbering on the 06 W+F began at 15216 in 1918 and this puts this Luger into late 1921.  This is a 7.65mm caliber with a 120mm (4 3/4") barrel. The all matching gun is proofed with the Swiss Cross and the acceptance mark of Colonel Mühlemann (Swiss Cross over the M).  The grips are distinctive of the early production models and make this a very handsome model for the collector.  The gun comes with a military holster.  (2178)

 

In 1906 when DWM introduced the new model (an upgrade from the 1900) with the new extractor, new main spring, modified toggle grips and locking mechanism, the addition of "Gesichert" and a shorter barrel (118mm) the Swiss accepted some but not all the changes of DWM for their '06.  They wanted to keep the 120mm barrel,  they wanted to keep the 7.65mm, and they didn't want the German word for safety when they were a three language country.

This required DWM to produce a different gun for the Swiss and by 1914 the 1st World War was creating a massive demand on the German armaments industry with the Swiss orders falling behind.  The Swiss decided to produce their own weapons and got a license from DWM for the production in the Bern plant.

 

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This is an early example of the long frame with a long sear in the manner of the early 1906 models. The last two digits of the serial numbers match on the small parts but they are placed in the concealed manner as in the commercial versions.

The original nice smooth lines of the Parabellum were retained on thi model which was produced under license from DWM. The Swiss had adopted the German "Extractor" had retained the small bump at the bottom of the front grip and had added the border to grips to the gun making it more the distinctive but also handsome.

The Swiss retained the wide grip safety of the 1900 model on their produced Lugers. It was also common practice to cut the rear sight into a 'U' as opposed to the "V" as the standard rear sight.
 

Above you can see the trigger guard and the concealed numbers of the small parts. This was the heyday of the craftsmanship on the Swiss Parabellums.

 

Above the fine diamond grips with the border added to the distinctive Swiss Lugers and you can also see the Swiss Cross Military Proof on the receiver. Below the top of the Luger is clean of numbers and gives it a real handsome look.

 

The Swiss are known as devotees of the Luger from the early Borchardt up through the 1949 World Shooting Championships.  When the DWM factory couldn't keep up with the demand they became licensed to build the Parabellum outside of Germany.  Only the Bern plant and the Vickers (and there is a question of they actually manufactured the guns) were made outside of Germany.  This is a really nice piece of history for the military collector and it comes with some fine leather for it's day.

 

The Bern monogram markings appear on the 1st toggle link and the extractor is marked 'Geladen' (Loaded).  Most of these Swiss variations were done in 120mm barrel with the long frame. The 7.65mm were preferred by the Europeans as a very accurate round and while some of the border police carried a 9mm the vast majority of the Swiss Lugers will be found in the .30 Cal Luger or 7.65mm.
The model 1906 W+F began production in 1918  and officially ended with Serial # 33089 in 1933.  This all matching gun is the classic '06 model produced by the Swiss to their exacting standards and was built in late 1929 for a total of 1,401 pistols this yeari.
The all matching gun is proofed with the Swiss Geneva Cross and the acceptance mark of Colonel Mühleman. The grips are distinctive of the early production models and make this a very handsome model for the collector.  The gun comes with a military holster. 
 
DWM and Switzerland held a lot of joint interests and stock in each other companies.  When the production of Lugers began DWM could not keep up with the demand for orders and so a negotiated licensing was undertaken by the Bern Factory and DWM and Bern began to produce the Luger.  Up to that time some of the models were sent from DWM to Bern "in the white" for final proofing and bluing.
 

The Swiss are famous for their shooting clubs and sporting events using firearms. They were confident in the 7.65mm round for its accuracy and penetrating power and stuck with this cartridge throughout the use of the Parabellum although flirting with 9mm variations.

 

The Swiss are known as devotees of the Luger from the early Borchardt up through the 1949 World Shooting Championships.  When the DWM factory couldn't keep up with the demand they became licensed to build the Parabellum outside of Germany.  Only the Bern plant and the Vickers (and there is a question of they actually manufactured the guns) were made outside of Germany.  This is a really nice piece of history for the military collector and it comes with some fine leather holster for it's day.

 

The Swiss with a smaller poplulation than their neighbors have adopt a philsophy of requiring all their able bodied male citicizens would enroll in military service. During the period the Parabellum was the issue pistol when an individual served his active service they would refurbish his pistol and he could purchase it.  Many beautiful Swiss Lugers come to us from this source.
This picture reveals the Geladen on the extractor  which was controversial since the Swiss speak three different languages and it was never decided which to use so the German was kept. You can also see the polished thumb safety which in '06 was still thumb up for safety and the polished area meant it was "safe" .
The Swiss are famous for their shooting clubs and sporting events using firearms. They were confident in the 7.65mm round for its accuracy and penetrating power and stuck with this cartridge throughout the use of the Parabellum although flirting with 9mm variations.
The underside of the barrel and the side plate present the matching numbers and illustrate how the "hidden" serial numbers are achieved.  On the left side of the receiver you can see the Swiss Bernerprobe Proof and then the acceptance mark of Colonel Mühlemann (Swiss Cross over the M) The last two digits of the serial number also appear on the breachblock.

 


1907 Swiss Luger

The Swiss retained the wide grip of the 1900 model on their produced Lugers. It was also common practice to cut the rear sight into a 'U' as opposed to the "V" as the standard rear sight. The military proof of the V over the  Swiss Cross was the proof of military acceptance.  When the Luger was retired from the military they were brought back to the factory and refurbished so they could be sold to either the former owner or on the commercial market.

The holster is a full cover model but is a thinner leather than the German  holster which were designed for the citizen soldier.  The leather is still pliable and shows the original stitching. Not bad for a 114 year old holster.

Inside the holster is the name of the original owner.  After 100+ years this magnificent gun is still ready to serve.

The bordered grips are only found on the Swiss Lugers and these match the gun with the three digits of the serial number.

 

This is an early holster are very hard to find. In addition this is one of  early holsters that were made by the Bern Factory before they subcontracted for holsters.

 

Few guns are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder. It is entirely subjective to give any weapon a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed.   We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria. This Luger is identified as a curio and can be send directly to C&R licensees and above.  If you have any questions about this or any of our Lugers email josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com .  

 

This is a magnificent example of the Swiss early production of '06 model Luger that was made by the Swiss for their military and issued with a holster and  both the belt loops and the strap "D" ring for the ski troops.  An all matching gun including the grips with a like-new minty factory finish to the Swiss Collector seeking the very best in this model Parabellum. This gun is offered for $3,295 over-the-counter.

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