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Lot 1539: DWM Commercial Luger with Benke/Thiemann Stock

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

DWM Model 1920 Commercial Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Extremely Rare Benke/Thiemann Stock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

DWM Model 1920 Commercial Luger Semi-Automatic Pistol with Extremely Rare Benke/Thiemann Stock

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1920 Commercial
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm Luger Auto
Barrel: 3 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: metal
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 375
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured during the inter-war Weimar Era and imported to the United States for commercial sale, this Luger has been fitted out with a rare Benke/Thiemann stock assembly. Constructed chiefly from metal stampings, the Benke/Thiemann is designed to give the advantages of a mountable stock in a unit that could be kept physically on the pistol full time and used in conjunction with conventional style holsters. This concept was fairly ahead of its time, having been revisited by some "personal defense weapon" style handguns in recent years, but during the period of manufacture failed to catch on, resulting in limited sales and production, estimated at about 300 total. Mounting is similar to the "Ideal" model stock/holster, with a set of steel grip panels providing a rugged base. When collapsed for use as a conventional pistol, the unit covers the sides of the Luger with a set of steel plates, marked "PATENT BENKE/THIEMANN D.R.P.u.A.P." and "ARMERIA "BELGA"/SANTIAGO-CHILE" on the left and "14" on the right. To open, a spring loaded latch ahead of the triggerguard is depressed, freeing the panels to swing out and back, locking into position with the same latch as a full metal stock assembly with a length of pull of about 19 inches. The pistol has fixed sights, no date marking on top of the chamber and the "DWM" monogram on the front toggle link. "Crown/N" proofs are present on the barrel, extension and front toggle, and "GERMANY" is marked on the right side of the extension and the unnumbered wood base of the nickel finished magazine. Matching external "civilian pattern" serial numbers.

Rating Definition:

The pistol is excellent, with 90% plus original blue finish, showing some light handling marks and edge wear overall, along with 85% bright and strong original straw color and niter blue on the small parts. The stock assembly shows a mixed brown and gray patina on half of the surface, with mild spotting and handling marks overall. Both the pistol and the stock are mechanically excellent. A scarce opportunity to own a Luger pistol outfitted with an extremely rare and desirable Benke/Thiemann stock.

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