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1915 DWM Artillery Luger 20a Serial Number 9mm

Bid To:  $3,000  |  Ended On: 1/21/2024
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Details From The Safe

Seller: Basset-Hound

Company Name: Exotic Parts Supply

Location: Chandler, AZ

Lot #: 24

Known Details

Caliber: 9mm

Finish: Blue

Grips: Walnut

Barrel Length: 8"

Round Capacity: 8

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial Number: 20a

Artillery Luger

Sellers FFL Type: Type 01 FFL

Shipping: Fedex 2 Day : $45

Payment Methods: Check & Money Order

Taxes: AZ Sales Tax 8.5%

This 1915 production DWM Artillery Luger is an excellent example of the 1914 Artillery long pistol known as the LP 08. This infamous parabellum pistol is chambered in 9mm and wears an 8 in barrel (200mm). This pistol is a serial number of “20a. Military Lugers were numbered 1 –10000.  After that the production reset by adding a suffix (1a, 2a, 3a etc.). Austrian Georg Luger, the namesake and designer of the Luger, took inspiration from the C-93 a semi-automatic pistol developed by Hugo Borchardt. Ultimately this precision firearm became the standard side arm of the German armed forces. 

Finished in blue throughout the frame and barrel, this luger shows off its small parts in straw colored finishIt’s wearing a set of checkered walnut grips. Overall, the finish on this Lange Pistole 08 is in great condition. It shows its age well, with a deep blue finish with some surface handling marks and pitting. Some marks associated with cycling can be seen as well. The straw-colored parts show a finish thinning overall, and slightly dull. The leading edges show sharpness with minimal silvering. The locking bolt, magazine catch, adjustable sight, rear toggle link all shows sharp checkering on their respective locations. 


As noted above this luger has a serial number of “20a” and between the small parts, adjustable sight, inner grip panels, barrel, and frame are matching as seen in the photos. The left side of the frame is marked “GESICHERT” meaning “secure” under the thumb safety switch. The right side of the frame wears the production proofs and the military acceptance marks and test proof on the barrel. The top strap of the Luger shows the chamber date of “1915” and the scroll abbreviated insignia “DWM” of “Deutsche Waffen und Munitionfabriken on the rear toggle link. The underside of the barrel shows the serial number above a script “a” and “8.83. Under the barrel on the frame the serial number is seen above another script “a.


The muzzle shows slight silvering on the right side, while the barrel retains a smooth blue finish. The front sight, a screw adjustable blade, with ramped and serrated back side shows sharp leading edges. The front sight shows its matched serial number on the left top side. The adjustable rear sight is serial number matched on the top right and left sides.

The walnut grip panels are serial matched to the luger, noted on the inner panels on both right and left grips. The checkering shows sharp throughout both sides, minimal if any flattening can be seen and the edges are without any chips or cracks. The walnut has a slight shine, due to use and age. The back strap shows a smooth finish with minor marks. The front strap and trigger guard are smooth, with minimal wear associated to common use.


The magazine is marked “56” and has dark wood bottoms and metal crimped sleeves. The wood bottom shows some chipping around the edges. Overall, this would be an excellent addition to any luger collection or those interested in WWI era small arms. An early  1915 DWM Artillery Luger, showing its 100+ years very well. 

 

Highest Bid
$3,000 by lumberjack2
Ended On
January 21st, 2024
Auction Result
Reserve Not Met
Bids
6
633 Views | 10 Watchers

Comments & Questions

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Safe Queens

01/22/2024 12:30:42 AM UTC

Reserve not met - Bid to $3,000

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SafeQueens

01/08/2024 10:38:01 PM UTC

We've updated the description and attributes regarding the serial number suffix, the rest of the description remains untouched. We've reached out to the highest bidder to make the change known.

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Basset-Hound

Seller  01/08/2024 10:24:27 PM UTC

@BroGeo Thanks for pointing that out, I'll get with @SafeQueens to get this updated.

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lumberjack2

01/08/2024 1:14:16 PM UTC

$3,000 Bid

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BroGeo

01/08/2024 2:28:46 AM UTC

I noticed the serial number, "20a" clearly shows on the front of the frame and the underside of the barrel, rather than an un-suffixed serial of "20" as stated in the description?

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vet-72

01/08/2024 1:01:40 AM UTC

$325 Bid

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Andrew77

01/05/2024 7:04:49 PM UTC

$300 Bid

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Armenshark

01/05/2024 6:55:11 PM UTC

$250 Bid

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vet-72

01/05/2024 12:55:58 PM UTC

$210 Bid

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Andrew77

01/05/2024 12:47:14 PM UTC

$200 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: Basset-Hound

Company Name: Exotic Parts Supply

Location: Chandler, AZ

Lot #: 24

Known Details

Caliber: 9mm

Finish: Blue

Grips: Walnut

Barrel Length: 8"

Round Capacity: 8

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial Number: 20a

Artillery Luger

Sellers FFL Type: Type 01 FFL

Shipping: Fedex 2 Day : $45

Payment Methods: Check & Money Order

Taxes: AZ Sales Tax 8.5%

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