Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1514: Sauer J P & Son M30 Combination 12 x 12 x 9.3x74R

Auction Date: April 30, 2016

Desirable World War II Nazi Luftwaffe Issue Model 30 Survival Drilling Complete with Metal Storage Case and Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $27,500

Desirable World War II Nazi Luftwaffe Issue Model 30 Survival Drilling Complete with Metal Storage Case and Accessories

Manufacturer: Sauer J P & Son
Model: M30
Type: Combination
Gauge: 12 x 12 x 9.3x74R
Barrel: 25 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1100
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 270
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is a very desirable example of a WWII J. P. Sauer and Sohns M30 German Luftwaffe survival drilling, as issued to Luftwaffe bomber crews in North Africa and the Mediterranean Theater. It was manufactured circa 1941-43. These are a three-barreled combination gun; double barrel 12 gauge, over a 9.3X74R rifle barrel and they have a Greener type cross-bolt receiver/action with a tang mounted safety lever. The quality of these drillings, rivals anything that was produced in the U.S. prior to WWII and exhibit a beautiful pre-war workmanship with a high polish rust blue barrel with a beautiful color casehardened receiver, trigger guard, grip cap and forend attaching metal. This combination rifle features a high quality scroll engraving on the receiver, trigger guard, and screw heads with the forearm and pistol grip finely checkered. The European walnut stock and forearm have a hand rubbed oil finish. The barrel has a matted top rib with brass bead front sight. All three barrels are marked "KRUPP-LAUFSTAHL", with the bottom of the rear barrel lug stamped with a single "stick Eagle/2" Luftwaffe acceptance mark and a Commercial "Eagle/N" proofmark. In addition the barrels are marked with their bore and gauge/caliber markings; "12/65" and dated "12-41". The right rear breech area of the shotgun barrel is correctly engraved with the large "Luftwaffe Eagle" mark carrying the Nazi Swastika. The top right edge of the receiver rail is also marked with the intertwined "SS" proof for the Sauer & Sohns factory along with the Commercial Eagle "N" firing proof. Both sides of the receiver are marked with "J.P. SAUER & SOHN, SUHL" with a larger intertwined "SS" logo on the underside of the receiver. The left side of the stock has a small European style oval cheekpiece with a large prominent "Luftwaffe Eagle/Swastika" insignia stamped on the right side of the buttstock. The stock is fitted with a black plastic serrated buttplate marked in the center with the intertwined "SS" logo of the Sauer & Sohns factory. The top of the receiver tang has a sliding barrel selector catch and when engaged the rifle barrel selector raises a folding, 100 meter, rifle rear sight on the barrel rib and engages the forward trigger for firing the rifle barrel. The front trigger can also be pushed forward to activate a "single set" trigger. The serial number "337481" is stamped on the underside of the rifle barrel, the left receiver rail, rear receiver tang, with the last four digits (7483) stamped on the forend attaching iron, showing all matching numbers. This scarce Luftwaffe drilling comes with an original WWII, Luftwaffe issue aluminum carrying case with a gray painted exterior. Inside it is divided into compartments for the disassembled drilling, ammunition, cleaning equipment and sling with the inside of the lid stenciled with a listing of the original contents. The drilling includes an original three section wooden cleaning rod, a rifle bore brush, two shotgun bore brushes an original German field manual, and a very rare set of original Sauer & Sohns factory inspection/targeting papers. This inspection sheet actually is serial number to this gun and actually shows the number of shots fired and their hits on target for each barrel. A very rare document indeed! The length of pull of this drilling is 14 inches.

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall with 90% of the faded original blue finish still remaining on the barrel overall with some thinning and oxidation of the blue finish. The receiver, trigger guard and forend attaching iron retain 50% of their case colors with the balance mostly a gray patina finish. The stock and forend are both in fine condition with a very attractive grain pattern in the buttstock with various minor handling marks, scrapes and scratches on the sides. The checkering is also in fine condition showing minor light handling marks from actual field use. The metal storage case retains 70% of its original gray exterior paint. The various accessories are all in very good condition with the manual and inspection papers being slightly oily. A very nice example of a scarce WWII Luftwaffe survival drilling.



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