A veteran of two world wars, these workhorses served on land, sea, and air, and were a prized war trophy. Research on what the k signifies gave me mixed answers as to what it could mean. It was designed by hugo borchardt but patented by georg j. The dwm german military production production figures, by models and periods naval lugers standard military lugers lugers long artillery model the dwm luger s markings commercial and military proof marks unit markings recall of the post wwi german history the deaths head marking.
This is a 1920 dwm commercial, more appropriately known as an alphabet dwm, this is an r block gun made around 1928. In 1914 dwm produced a very few artillery models when the decision was made for the royal arsenal at erfurt to produce the 8 parabellum and dwm to produce the 4 version. P08 german luger dwm 1917 9mm semiauto pistol, all matching serial numbers, 4 bluesteel barrel, bluesteel toggle, chambe for sale by village pawn and gun shop on gunsamerica 986828814. The luger is a toggle locked, recoil operated, semiautomatic pistol that is chambered in 9mm parabellum. Hes published in outside and backpacker and has written a book on life in smalltown alaska, north by southeast. The reason why it is called the american eagle luger is because the company stamped a gorgeous american crest on top of the receiver near the breach. Luger proofacceptance mark identification guide 18981945. The dwm commercial database i have been amassing for the last two years is now available for download.
The luger p08 pistol, also referred to as the pistole parabellum, was first produced in 1900. Though the luger was used mostly by german forces in world war i and ii, finland, switzerland and poland also adopted the pistol for field use. In 1928, the bkiw dwm management proposed to cut the nominal value of the shares in half. Georg luger was born in steinach am brenner, tyrol to dr. The dwm script logo is just forward of the rear sight. Luger identification guide rework and nondwm lugers. Replaces all previous references on dwm and erfurt lugers. Lugers marketing genius in this regard equaled his genius in pistol design.
The 1916 chamber date with the adjustable front sight and serial numbered leaf sight for elevation and windage. Our clients are investors, collectors, and those who simply want to shoot one of the worlds most recognized and coveted hand guns. Over 55 luger variations are described with 460 photos and battle scenes. The first luger was produced toward the end of the 19th century, when georg luger came up with it as an improvement on the borchardt pistol. Most lugers collectors and knowledgable amateurs in the field of handgun collecting are probably aware of the german firm dwm and its role in the development of the luger. The luger was officially replaced for german military use in 1940 by the walther p38 doubleaction 9mm parabellum pistol, but certainly lugers saw service throughout the war. How to read german luger numbers gone outdoors your. I have just sold a rifle to a friend who has offered to part pay with a luger pistol. I would appreciate any advise or information regarding this luger. Here goes, excellent condition with a small amount of holster wear to. Luger markings identification help axis history forum. Although there is a bewildering variety of lugers, especially in the subtle technicalities of the different variances, we examine the dwm american eagle luger and its significance.
Get the best deals on luger book when you shop the largest online selection at. It is fed by a single column 8 round detachable box magazine but it can also be fed by using a 32 round. Ive read that the last part signifies the gun number, so this would be gun 70, but have no idea on the rest. The dwm german military production production figures, by models and periods naval lugers standard military lugers lugers long artillery model the dwm lugers markings commercial and military proof marks unit markings recall of the post wwi german history the deaths head marking. We begin with the acceptance prototypes produced by the dwm for the army qualification trials. The mauser parabellum 19301946, analysis of a million luger pistols. Dwm no date luger the firearms forum the buying, selling. It is also one of the strongest, most accurate and most recognizable service pistols ever made. Luger gunsinvestment grade collectible german lugers.
Im looking for more information on a wonderful pistol and piece of history ive recently come across. Lugers at random by charles kenyon lugers at random has long been considered the top reference book on luger pistols by collectors and researchers alike. This is an apolitical forum for discussions on the axis nations and related topics hosted by the axis history factbook in cooperation with christian ankerstjernes panzerworld and christoph awenders ww2 day by day. Georg lugers masterpiece this animated luger sequence is ed by mr. To the best of our knowledge, all the examples shown are original pre1945 manufacture. Apr 17, 2009 whatever flavors of the luger trip your trigger, learn as much as you can about those models, their markings, and the history around that era. My reference book the standard catalog of luger by aarron davis, page 103 shows the eagle with ptv over it. Dwm p08 luger semi automatic pistol this standard short barrel pistol was issued to a horse artillery unit prior to the first world war. Henrotin is also the author of several ebooks on various firearms. Hardcover 219 pages september 10, out of print try used books. The luger carbine was well known the kaiser hunted with one, so the idea for a long barreled pistol with a stock was an easy jump to make. The distinctive look of the luger and its role in german military history make it the worlds most famous handgun. It will be of great interest to luger aficionados, as well as to firearms enthusiasts who are merely. Dwm commercial database available jan c still luger pistols.
Sale pending 30102008imported into the usa from canadasmall import mark on frame rail under sideplateas per photo. Starting in 1910 regulations required army lugers to be dated at manufacture see imperial lugers page 2930 and gortz page 111114 these regulations requiring army lugers be dated were reaffirmed by army directive in 1923 h. I used to have a 1918 dwm luger that was a likely wwi bringback. Georg grew up with italian as his second mother tongue and finished grundschule primary school and gymnasium universitypreparatory school in. The mauser parabellum 19301946, analysis of a million luger. A veteran of two world wars, these workhorses served on land, sea, and air, and were a prized war trophy for returning doughboys and g.
He worked in russia, iceland, greece, turkey and belize. Most shareholders are not happy with this, during the annual meeting the sitting board of directors is replaced by mayor shareholders. The borchardt pistol explained click here to download ebooks content. These luger pistols were obtained in 1901 and were issued to u. The 1920 dated and double dated rework lugers dwm and erfurt are in the lugers dwm commercial 18981929 gallery. Switzerland replaced the luger with more modern designs in the late 1940s, which ended the era of use of the luger as a service pistol. This book is an extensive history of the luger, from its inception and before to the present. After georgs birth, his family moved to italy, where dr. At phoenix investment arms we offer only the finest premium investment grade german lugers. In the luger book by john walter, page 196, it is noted that dwm started the production of this model in 1923. The most trusted resource in luger collectible guns, phoenix investment arms offers only the finest premium grade german lugers. For what i have been able to find it appears to be a 1919 dwm commercial luger, i have read that the commercial luger had the word germany stamp on the right side of the gun, this gun has no such marking. The drawings used within the animation are from his printed book in french. The model history this section will briefly describe the luger artillery models, from the imperial types to the commemorative models produced in 198586.
It has over 4,000 entries, spanning the serial number range from the first 1900 commercial series guns through the end of the 5digit number system, and continuing through the v suffix of the alphabet commercials. Feb 19, 2018 exceptional dwm 1900 american eagle test luger. The swiss parabellum lugers pistol history 1900 to 1947 hard cover book 1st ed. This ebook focuses on the firm dwm with an emphasis on the interesting time period when george luger worked on, and made improvements to the brochardt luger pistol.
During the years it was manufactured by dwm, many models of the luger were produced, and many countries tested it and bought it for their armed forces. Many of the entries include characteristics of the guns themselves. In 1914 dwm produced a very few artillery models when the decision was made for the royal arsenal at erfurt to produce the. The finish is thinning on the receiver and the front grip frame. For what i have been able to find it appears to be a 1919 dwm commercial luger, i have read that the commercial luger had the word germany stamp on the right. The luger pistole parabellum or p08 is perhaps the most aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing of all autoloading centerfire pistols. The luger artiglieria is the first book totally focused in this luger variation. How to determine the value of a 1917 erfurt german luger. The more you know about the luger models you are pursuing, the more confidence, success and fun you will have in your collecting. Grennell and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Luger gunsinvestment grade collectible german lugersphoenix. This e book focuses on the firm dwm with an emphasis on the interesting time period when george luger worked on, and made improvements to the brochardt luger pistol. Luger identification guide rework and nondwm lugers 1915. The complete book of the pistols and revolvers of germany, 1869 to the present.
I recently purchased my first luger, and was wondering if anyone could help with identifying the unit markings. The luger or parabellum pistol is perhaps one of the most recognizable semiautomatics in history. Luger identification guide rework and nondwm lugers 19151945 this is one of a series of identification guides for small arms. Luger proofacceptance mark identification guide 18981945 this is one of a series of identification guides for small arms. This luger is listed by serial number in the seminal book on the subject, 1900 luger u. Dwm commercial database available jan c still luger. In fact, what american collectors call the luger pistol, is throughout the rest of the world known by the name georg luger himself gave chapter 1 luger history chapters dd 5 72206 9.
Cavalry units operating in the philippines and cuba, were. Hollow wooden holsterstocks were available on special order from the dwm factory since 1900. The famous infantry sturmtruppen employed the artillery luger equipped with a new large magazine the trommelmagazine. Our french printed book on the luger pistol you will find the index of the book here. Whatever flavors of the luger trip your trigger, learn as much as you can about those models, their markings, and the history around that era. It utilizes an adjustable front blade sight and a fixed v notch rear sight located on the rear link. The luger snail drum and other accessories for the artillery model luger by edward c. The mauser parabellum 19301946, analysis of a million. The luger pistol was accepted by the imperial german navy in 1904 in 9mm parabellum as the pistole 04 p04. In luger, renowned gun expert john walter traces the history of this semiautomatic pistol from an early design by hugo borchardt in the 1890s through its use in the trenches of the first world war to the final days of the third reich in wwii. Hi guys i have a question about another of the lugers i just came across a few days ago.
It is described as berlin police armory acceptance stamp. The pistole parabellumor parabellumpistole, commonly known as just lugeris a togglelocked recoiloperated semiautomatic pistol which was produced in sev. This is a 1914 model, chamber dated 1916 dwm 8 model with the 800 meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. I checked 16 logo examples at a luger sight but none with both the dwm logo and the date on the top of the gun. P08 german luger dwm 1917 9mm semiauto pistol, all matching serial numbers, 4 bluesteel barrel, bluesteel toggle, chambe for sale by village pawn and gun shop on gunsamerica. Luger variations volume 1 by harry jones heavily illustrated much information. Dwm pistole parabellum lugers history 1897 to 1907 hard cover book. This luger has a hold open after the last round is fired and the stock lug. I know very little about luger pistols or the one concerned so i will try and describe it the best that i can. Also acquired in the purchase was the talents of georg luger who as a young engineer was converting the borchart into what we know today as the luger. Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. In 1928, the bkiwdwm management proposed to cut the nominal value of the shares in half.198 485 1342 1225 1205 809 885 664 306 1171 360 1364 836 776 118 203 839 451 1276 1357 565 23 1157 279 986 1359 1217 1293 1259 204 540 944 134 171 147 871 436 403 782 1370 540 1203 1316 14 1418