1912 DWM Luger P-08

1912 DWM Luger P-08 Reichsmarine

This 1912 DWM Luger P-08 pistol is a remarkable piece of firearm history, showcasing the iconic design and craftsmanship of the era. It is chambered in 9mm Parabellum, the standard cartridge for the Luger.

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1912 DWM Luger P-08 Reichsmarine

A Relic of Imperial German Naval Power

This 1912 DWM Luger P-08 pistol stands as a testament to the rich history of the Imperial German Navy. Chambered in the standard 9mm Parabellum, this Luger isn’t just a firearm; it’s a portal to an era of maritime dominance and technological innovation.

Key Details

  • Manufacturer: Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM)
  • Model: Luger Pistol P-08
  • Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
  • Markings: “53. R.M.G. 27”
  • Condition: Shows wear consistent with age and use, with patina on bluing and dings on grips.

A Relic of Imperial German Naval Power

The distinct markings on this pistol, “53. R.M.G. 27,” hint at its service within a specific unit of the “Reichsmarinegeschwader” (Imperial Navy Squadron), the Imperial German Navy. The RMG markings were added later, most likely 1914 or 1915, when this pistol was accepted and promote to being a military weapon upgraded from a standard civilian pistol.

Crafted by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM), this Luger is a testament to the precision engineering and meticulous design that defined German firearms of the early 20th century. The pistol came to be in an Australian collection following World War 2 were it was said to have been used by a German Officer.

The Patina of Time

The Luger’s worn bluing and the subtle dings on its wooden grips are not imperfections; they are badges of honor, earned through years of service and the passage of time. This patina doesn’t detract from the pistol’s beauty; it enhances it, adding a layer of authenticity that collectors and history enthusiasts cherish.







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