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This is a 1920 Model Swiss Carbine in 7.65 with a Stock in Excellent Condition. Knurled toggles, DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken) Monogram and marked for the Swiss sale.


In the 1920's when DWM resumed production of the Luger there were many attempts to regain the commercial sales that were forsaken during the 1st World War. There were very few of these weapons produced and the majority of them were re-built from existing parts or conversions from surplus parts.


This Luger has a 300mm Barrel (11 3/4") and is fitted with a forearm actuator lug which works in conjunction with the actuator located in the forearm.   The forearm stock is finely detailed while the rear stock is of the finest grain I have seen on custom shotguns.


The carbine was the first commercial offering to have a stock lug.  These guns were designed as sporting weapons and for presentation. The most famous was the model presented to Hiram S. Maxim, a GL monogrammed weapon.   Both stocks have excellent matching checkering.


Here you can see the Swiss Cross; making this a very rare specimen. The sight is the three position out to 300 meters.

The stock is 330 mm and the overall length of the gun is 740 mm (74 cm - 29 1/8th Inch). A special high velocity cartridge was used with the 7.65mm carbine to enable recoil of the heavier battery.

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Mortised into the forearm stock is the actuator which is spring driven to function in conjunction with the actuator welded to the bottom of the barrel (above) assisting to drive the gun back into battery when fired.

Most of the 1920 carbines were made from 1906 Model frames with a stock lug added and some with 1914 Model frames with the grip safety added. It is common to find mixed serial numbers on these models.  

This Luger is original, all matching, made with the intent of commercial sales to the Swiss.  The Luger does not have an GERMANY or export stamps that only confirms the knowledge that it was sold internally in Europe. There was a strong connection between the Swiss and DWM with significant investment in the business side of the production of Lugers.

After the WWI frames Identified by the suffix alphabet on the serial numbers were expended the components were manufactured in the same manner as the earlier models.


Note the finely worked checkering found on these old world guns, the era of Craftsman.

The frame is the old long model with a stock lug and frame extension for the fully contoured checkered forearm.

There are no export (Germany) markings on the weapon.  Serial number placement is in the commercial ("hidden") style. This carbine has all matching numbers. The thumb safety is not marked, safe is up and the polished back indicates it is ready to fire when the grip safety is depressed.

The attaching iron is two screw.  Also the grip safety is the old style, fully covering the back strap.  This is simply a beautiful example of a 1920 Commercial Swiss Carbine.

It isn't too often that you find yourself in awe of craftsmanship in weaponry. These carbines were made in time when all the pieces were fitted and precision was a measurement of the art.   This is truly a work of art and will grace someone's collection as not only a rare and unique weapon but also one of pride.


This Luger is NRA Excellent (NRA Criteria)  There is no visible pitting, 99% blue  The straw bluing is 99% with most wear on the trigger. The barrel is excellent. This 85 year old piece of craftsmanship is a 7.65mm version of the 1920 Carbine and is very difficult to find in any condition. This one is beautiful. 


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