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Lot 391: DWM 1902 Luger Semi-Automatic Carbine with Matching Stock

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

DWM 1902 Luger Semi-Automatic Carbine with Matching Numbered Stock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

DWM 1902 Luger Semi-Automatic Carbine with Matching Numbered Stock

Manufacturer: DWM
Model: 1902 Carbine
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.65 mm Luger Auto
Barrel: 11 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 329
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

The DWM Luger Carbine was intended as a substitute for the light hunting rifles then available on the market, being highly compact when disassembled and light and easy to maneuver when together. Reportedly Kaiser Wilhelm II favored the Luger Carbine for European medium-sized game, the compact weapon being easier to manage with the handicap of his weakened left arm. Ramp blade front and sliding rear sight graduated from 100 to 300 meters, with the early pattern recessed bolt and dished toggle knobs with toggle lock mechanism and "DWM" front toggle link. The small parts are finished in fine straw or niter blue colors, with a checkered Schnabel-tip forearm, nickel finished magazine with wood base, and a detachable stock with blued mounting iron, checkered wrist and serrated horn buttplate. The magazine is unnumbered but the other components are matching in a "commercial" numbering pattern, including the forearm wood, forearm mounting iron, the grip panels and the stock iron.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 75% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown and gray patina, bright edge wear, and minor spotting and handling marks overall. The refurbished straw colors remain 80% intact. The otherwise fine wood has been revarnished, with mild dings, scratches and flat spots on the crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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