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Lot 1352: Desirable DWM Model 1902 Luger Carbine with Shoulder Stock

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $17,000 - $22,500

Desirable DWM Model 1902 Luger Carbine with Shoulder Stock

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1902 Carbine
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm Luger
Barrel: 11 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1198
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 146
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an excellent example of an original DWM Model 1902 Luger carbine rig that is complete with the correct walnut shoulder stock. These carbines were an early attempt by DWM to a produce a light weight rifle substitute to compete with the Mauser Broomhandle carbines as well as all the other stocked pistols being manufactured in the later 19th and early 20th century in Europe. The unique Lugers have the desirable longer 11 3/4 inch barrel with DWM factory installed frame hanger that holds the small walnut forend. This forend is also unique in that it houses a small spring accelerator that helps cycle the heavier/longer carbine length during firing. These 1902 Luger carbines all have early rare features such as: the long old style frame, flat mainspring, grip safety, dished toggles with toggle locks, and the recessed/flat breech bolt with the small spring extractor. The top of the chamber is blank and the front toggle has the "Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken", DWM logo. The full serial number (24107) is stamped on the underside of the frame extension and barrel, with the last two digits of the serial number (07) stamped on the various other parts such as the recoil lug, side of the grip safety, trigger, takedown lever, side plate, breech bolt and toggle assembly with the forend numbered (3 107) inside the cutout for the frame extension and correctly matches the frame; the 3 is sideways and appears to be a sub inspector number. The grips are not numbered on the back side however each one has a small asterisk stamp on the back sides. As noted this excellent example of a Luger carbine has the original walnut shoulder stock with an original replacement attaching iron that is not numbered but matches the pistol perfectly. The pistol is complete with a single nickel plated magazine with an original unnumbered walnut base.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 90% plus of the blue finish remaining with edge and high spot wear with wear and thinning on the grip straps. The walnut grips are in fine condition with nice original checkering with wear across the checkering with several light pressure dents on the right side with a slightly larger one on the left grip panel. The forend and stock are both in fine condition with only very minor handling marks with nice distinct checkering. As noted the replacement stock iron is unnumbered and it retains 90% of its original blue finish. A very nice example of a late production, rare DWM Model 1902 Luger Carbine.



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