Featured Gun: 1917 DWM Artillery Luger for Sale!
The Luger pistol was first manufactured in 1900 for both military and commercial use. The Luger was the standard pistol of the German armed forces from 1908 to 1938 and is cemented in history as a distinct and recognizable pistol that helped define a turbulent time in history. In 1913, German Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized the development of the Lange Pistole 08 a specialist version of the iconic Luger pistol. The new design modified the 9mm Parabellum pistol with a longer 8-inch barrel, an eight-position ramp-adjustable rear sight, and a detachable board-type shoulder stock. The world came to know the LP08 as the Artillery Luger.
The Artillery Luger’s rear sight incorporates a cam mechanism that moves the assembly left as the unit is elevated to compensate for spindrift of the 9mm round at long ranges. That’s a stretch in terms of capability for the pistol caliber round given that it drops 35 feet at 500 meters when fired. The Artillery Luger draws its name from its intended mission. Artillery crews required a compact weapon that wouldn’t interfere with their primary duties. Should their positions be threatened or compromised, they could bring their little Luger carbines into action in a close combat situation.
The Artillery Luger came equipped with a complicated 32-round snail drum called the Trommelmagazin, which required a dedicated loading tool that was almost as complex as the magazine itself. Artillery Lugers were typically issued along with a wooden storage box called a P-Kasten. This case carried five drum magazines as well as the magazine loader and twelve boxes of ammunition. Complete versions of this kit are very rare to come across. The pistol itself is also not common to come across in the market. However, D4Guns happen to have one in stock, ready to be purchased, and is this week’s featured gun.
This DWM 1917 Artillery Luger is in fantastic condition with all visible serial numbers matching except on the magazine. This is a 1914 Model, chamber dated 1917 DWM 8-inch model with the 800-meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. Be quick to act on this opportunity as this is a rare piece to find up for sale!