1916 DWM Luger P-08 9mm Parabellum

If you made a New Year’s resolution to own a hundred year old Luger then you may well be able to fulfil that wish as a DWM made Luger P-08 is up for sale at Cabela’s. It is a pistol made by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) during the First World War in 1916 and comes complete with military markings, matching numbers, and the original holster.

This World War I vintage DWM Luger P-08 has matching numbers and the original holster. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

This World War I vintage DWM Luger P-08 has matching numbers and the original holster. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

Military markings on the back strap of this Luger P-08. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

Military markings on the back strap of this Luger P-08. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

Although typically associated with Germany’s Second and Third Reich the Luger P-08 was actually first adopted by the Swiss Army in May 1900, pre-dating German Army adoption by eight years. The Swiss Lugers are simply some of the best pistols in the world and were made in 7.65 Parabellum. We featured one in a previous post on the Luger which you will find if you click here.

The DWM Lugers made for the German Army are also beautifully made examples of the pistol smith’s craft. The pistol we are featuring exhibits issues one expects from a hundred year old handgun such as evidence of minor pitting in the bore and some damage on the right pistol grip. The pistol appears however to be in generally good condition.

Some damage is evident on the right side pistol grip. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

Some damage is evident on the right side pistol grip. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

This pistol is a standard German Army model in 9mm Parabellum and is an example of the most common variant of the Luger. There were quite a number of other variants of the Luger including two .45ACP examples created by DWM for US Army testing around 1906-1907. These were in competition not with the Colt M1911, but with the Colt M1900 amongst others.

The fabled DWM made .45 ACP Luger, of which only two were originally made, became a "million dollar handgun". (Picture courtesy wikimedia).

The fabled DWM made .45 ACP Luger, of which only two were originally made, became a “million dollar handgun”. (Picture courtesy wikimedia).

The Luger up for sale on Cabela’s is a common variant of the Luger and is thankfully not a “million dollar handgun”. The asking price at Cabela’s is currently USD$2239.99

You will find the sale page if you click here.

The action is in good condition and does not look a hundred years old. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

The action is in good condition and does not look a hundred years old. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

For those blessed enough to have a Luger must have items include a manual with complete instructions on stripping and maintenance. You will find one if you click here.

You will also need a disassembly tool which you can purchase if you click here.

There are many books written about the Luger, so many we are reminded that King Solomon tells us “much learning wearies the mind, and of the writing of many books there is no end”. However, some of us love books and if you are looking for a book or two on the Luger click here and enjoy the browsing.

(Picture courtesy Cabela's).

(Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

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