The Artillery Luger draws its name from its intended mission. Artillery crews had their hands full servicing their field pieces and required a compact weapon that wouldn’t interfere with their primary duties. Should their positions be threatened, however, they could bring their Luger carbines into action in the close fight.
The Artillery Luger also saw widespread use by the Imperial Stormtroopers who specialized in close quarters operations later in the war in Trench Raider's.
The weapon’s compact dimensions made maneuvering among hostile trenches an easier chore than might be the case with a full-sized infantry rifle. Waffen SS troops even used the Artillery Luger in a limited fashion during the Second World War as well.
This is the most complete original Artillery Luger LPO8 'Carbine' you will
find. UK Spec fully strippable and has a smooth dry firing action.
Fully matching numbers 4253 a (the 'a' is for production code for first two weeks in January (1916). The magazine is numbered 4399 .
Nice clean matching numbers
Imperial German Military proof stamps and factory stamp for DWM.
Below: Crips date stamp for 1916 and the DWM Stamp for Mauser
The deactivation stamp for 1999
Below: Nice photo of equipment that came with this
Artillery Luger including the original tools
Below : Original LPO8 Cleaning rod
Below: Original take down tool (both sides)
Complete Original Holster including very rare straps
Board-type shoulder stock with an attached leather holster. In the event of close
combat, the pistol was intended to be used as a carbine with the shoulder stock attached to a lug mounted on the heel of the pistol frame.
Nice original Leather straps in good original condition
Very faint Imperial Army acceptance mark
Below is the serial number of the Board-type shoulder stock
The Holster was hand made in 1917 by F. Grosse of Dresden
32 Round Snail Drum 'second pattern' with magazine protector
Leather Snail Drum holder
This is a rare opportunity to own a very rare, early spec WW1 Artillery Luger 'Carbine' 1916 LP08 with 32 round snail magazine.