Sold For: $3,200
Model: Long P.08, “Artillery Luger”
Serial Number: 41b
Year of Manufacture: 1916
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The top of the rear sight base, the rear face of the sight leaf, the left rear of the elevator, the right side of the slider, the inside of the rear sight base, extractor, sear bar, sear bar safety, the top of the front toggle, the back of the rear toggle, the left of the bolt, the takedown lever, the sideplate, the left of the barrel extension, the slide stop, and the inside of each grip panel are marked “41”. The top of the front toggle is also marked with “DWM” in script. The chamber ring is marked “1916” at the top. The underside of the round part of the barrel is marked “41 / b / 8,8” and the front end of the frame just beneath it is marked “41 / b”. The magazine’s wooden floorplate is marked “41 / b”. The right side of the chamber is marked with three crowned script letters and an Eagle. The Eagle is also marked on the right of the barrel at the rear and on the left of the bolt. The left side of the frame under the safety is marked “Gesichert”. The trigger does not have a serial marking.
Barrel Length: 8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the muzzle. The front sight is adjustable for windage via a spanner-wrench screw on the right of the base. The tangent artillery rear sight is flat topped with a “V” notch and the elevator has graduated markings from 1-8. The elevation can be fine-tuned via a spanner wrench screw adjustment. The sights are known as the “Fine Tuning” Artillery Sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut. The grips have light handling wear with a few nicks, scratches, and spots of compressed checkers. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, some small parts Strawed
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with sharp rifling. There is some scattered minor erosion in the bore,
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The sideplate has finish wear on its raised portion and there are two dents on the inside, showing as raised spots on the outside flat. The controls show handling wear, and there is light wear at the muzzle on each side. There are infrequent spots of minor surface erosion and some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel and receiver are tight to the frame. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single tin plated magazine with a wooden floorplate. The magazine has light operational wear, scattered minor discoloration from oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Long P.08 Luger, also known by collectors as the “Artillery Luger”. The model was originally issued to field artillery, airmen and fortifications. The model had a longer, 8″ barrel and was equipped with more precise sights than the standard P.08. Later, it was designated for use by Sturmtruppen and other assault forces trying to breach the trench lines. It was the first Luger to use the 32 shot snail magazine. With its “Fine Tuning” front and rear sights, this pistol is probably second to none in long range accuracy among the Great War issued sidearms. This pistol has its original finish and the remaining serial numbers are all matching, though the trigger does not have a serial marking. The pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition with 90% of its finish remaining. The artillery models are always collectable: they are a very interesting looking weapon that almost everyone wants to own. This is a really nice example, sure to end up in a collection of Lugers alongside its P04 and P08 cousins. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.