Model: 1914 DWM Artillery
Serial Number: 8793a
Year of Manufacture: 1916
Action Type: Toggle Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine.
Markings: The front sight is marked “93”, as are the top of the rear sight base and the right side of it’s slide, the insides of both grip panels, the left side plate, the takedown lever, the ejector, both parts of the safety and the top and rear of the toggle. The rear toggle is also marked with “DWM” in script. The Imperial Eagle is marked on the left side link of the toggle. The chamber is marked “1916”. The left slide portion of the barrel is marked 8793 and the underside of the round part of the barrel is marked “8793 / a / 3,83”. The forward end of the frame is marked “8793 / a”. The right side of the slide and the right rear of the barrel are marked with the 5 proof marks shown on page 234 of “Luger Variations” by H.E. Jones. The five marks are Crown over T, S,S and two Imperial Eagles. The left side of the frame under the safety is marked “Gesichert”. The wooden base magazine is marked “5252 / m”. The left side of the grip under the panels is marked “T” and “L” at the top, “W” in the middle and “J”, “D” and “R” at the bottom. The right side of the grip is marked “”G” at the top, and what appears to be “h”, “L” and “P” at the bottom.
Barrel Length: 8”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with the Artillery “Fine Tuning” front and rear sights. The 9 position tangent rear sight is flat topped with a U groove and has graduated markings from 1-8. The front sight has a serrated ramp and is dovetailed into the serrated ramped base and adjustable via a spanner wrench.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut. They show slight oil staining and minor spot wear in the checkering, the remainder of which is still sharp. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue. The safety lever and takedown lever are straw colored case hardened.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is slight erosion in the grooves near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 75% of its metal finish. The blue is worn at the muzzle, the top of the front sight, the rear sight front edge and top of slider, the front and top edges of the left side plate and the front edges of the frame. The right side of the round barrel portion shows wear marks and thinning, and is smooth but shows the beginning of pinprick surface erosion. The left side of the round portion of the barrel shows wear marks plus thinning and spots of pinprick surface erosion. The left side of the slide portion of the barrel shows slight wear in the area around the serial number. There is a wear mark in the left side of the frame from the safety lever. The lower portion of the backstrap and the front of the grip frame show thinning. The right side of the trigger shows pinprick surface erosion. The knurling on the toggle is sharp, as is the checkering on the takedown lever and magazine release. The grip screws show slight disfigurement and erosion in the slots. The markings are sharp and clear except for those on the grip frame under the grip panels and those on the undersides of the grip panels, which are faint. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one period correct wood base magazine, a black leather flap holster with takedown tool and wooden stock. The magazine is in Excellent condition. The inside flap of the holster is marked “Rudolf Wiemer & Co. / Mulheim Ruhr / 1917”. The leather of the flap hinge is in Excellent condition with no cracks but the stitching is torn about an inch from the front. The flap shows wear and the buckle is missing. The securing strap has cracks and surface losses. The pouch for the takedown tool is in Excellent condition with no cracks and only a few minor handling marks. The inside top edge of the holster next to the flap shows wear and surface loss. The pull-out strap shows slight wear but no cracks, and the only disfigurement is at the top where it is secured to the back of the holster. The securing flap for the cleaning rod (not included) is in Very Good condition with slight wear around the pin hole. The front of the holster and tube for the cleaning rod is in Very Good condition with a few indentations and handling marks. There is no surface loss. The back side of the holster is in Excellent condition with only minor handing marks and shows all of the stitching to be in Excellent condition. The takedown tool is in excellent condition and is unmarked. The stock is in Excellent condition with no cracks nor chips. It does have handling marks and indentations. The latch is intact and functional, but the finish shows thinning. One of the mounting screws is missing.
Our Assessment: This version of the Luger pistol is also known as the “Long Barrel P.08”. It was the first Luger to use the 32 shot snail magazine. With the shoulder stock and “Fining Tuning” sights that are auto-calibrating for windage drift due to bullet spin, this pistol is probably second to none in long range accuracy. What a GREAT find for any Luger collector!! This pistol is incredibly good looking with fantastic grips and nice finish for a pistol nearly 100 years old. All of the serial numbers match, it has rare sights, and comes with a holster and shoulder stock. This is a great correctly marked package!
Sold For: $2,660