1920 American Eagle Luger Carbine (Cased) -

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This is a 1920 Model Carbine in 9mm in excellent (minty) condition. Curled knob toggles, Geladen extractor, DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken) Monogram make this the classic and coveted carbine. The Luger comes cased in a 1920's style Abercrombie and Fitch carrying case.       (7578)


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 matching rear stock is of the finest grain checkering. The first toggle link is marked with the DWM monogram, and there are the last two digits of the serial number on the last toggle link.

The stock is a two-screw attachment; the early carbines were one-screw. Serial number placement is in the commercial ("hidden") style. This example has all matching numbers and is commercially nitro proofed.

The front site is raised with a brass bead on the very end..  The rear sight is a three position out to 300 meters.  The frame is the old long model with a stock lug and frame extension for the fully contoured checkered forearm.

First manufactured by DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken) as the 1902 Model this is said to be the first Luger with the stock lug.  Designed as a sporting weapon with the detachable stock and fired with a special higher power cartridge the enable the full recoil to take place. It has been stated that Kaiser Wilhelm II hunted with one and also presented one to President Theodore Roosevelt whose museum displays it today. DWM began to produce them again in the 1920's with the full curled knobs and in rare cases  9mm, one known in .45 caliber.


There is an 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. The Luger has the long sear with the squeeze grip safety.

The stock is 330 mm and the overall length of the gun is 740 mm (74 cm - 29 1/8th Inch).

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 was not a large production of these weapons  and the majority of them were re-built from existing parts or conversions from surplus parts. There were very few newly manufactured and among those the 9mm are the rarest. 


The grips are walnut, fine checkered and  are in excellent condition. The checkering extends to the stock in a magnificent display of craftsmanship. The sight is three position out to 300 meters.  The Luger is proofed with the export markings expected of the American Eagles sent to the United States in the 1920's.

The full serial number is at the bottom of the barrel, and on the frame extension (forearm  attachment).  The last two digits appear on the takedown lever, the trigger, the side plate, the rear toggle, under the front toggle, the breach block, the receiver, and the front stock.

On the Left:

We can see the three-position front sight and the American Eagle.  The American Eagle was first added to the 1900 test guns of the US Army.  Much as an advertising ploy that was successful with the Swiss Cross DWM used the American Eagle to sell guns in the US.


On the Right:

True export marked Parabellums also had the orginal magazines marked "Germany" as this one demonstrates.

The front ramp sight is topped with a brass bead that was popular as a commercial target sight during the early years of production.

The front stock below does not require the mortised "actuator" that was found in the 7.65mm to assist the gun back in battery.  The 9mm round had the power to bring about the full recoil and make it a fine addition to the DWM commercial Luger's.



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.

Above the frog on the case closure bears the early stamp of Abercrombie & Fitch.


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.  Any question please direct to



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