Monday, October 6, 2014

The Artillery Luger

The Artillery Luger is Chuck W.'s grail gun. They are available, being semi-automatic and old enough to be considered C&R, and occasionally come up in auctions.

He doesn't want just the pistol, though, he's holding out for the full set-up, snail mag, shoulder stock, holster and all. Here's a nice example that sold in 2010 for $6000.


This is another one I'd never heard of until I started looking up everyone's grail guns. I knew what a Luger was, but didn't know enough about variations and the history. I'm pretty sure that the one pictured is what Chuck W. has in mind, but if not, I hope he will leave us a comment, a correction, and perhaps a link or two to more information about this piece of history.

4 comments:

waepnedmann said...

In the 60s my dad traded a friend, who was a WWII vet and had fought though Germany, out of his war trophy artillery model Luger.
It did not have the snail-drum magazine but did have the wooden stock and a 4" barrel that could be installed if the 8" was not appropriate for the anticipated activity (I remembered the longer barrel barrel as being 9". Obviously, I mis-remembered.)
The Luger was very accurate and functioned reliably.

My dad, thinking the 9mm was not an adequate bear cartridge, traded the Luger for a crappy bolt-action Winchester .218 Bee that consistently split the cartridge cases when fired.

Then there was the time he traded his Third Generation Colt SSA for a Ruger Old Army.

Then there was the Colt Python...

Then there was the Colt Woodsman...

Then there was the sweet little Winchester Model 92 in .25-35....

Then there was the Colt Bisley...

I could go on...

He (and I) came to regret many of his trades over the years.
I suspect that adult beverages played a part in his decision making, on occasion.

Punzdeleon said...

What is a better Grail gun than that? The Lugar my dad captured at Tobruk, flew to Algeria using only a map torn from a schoolbook, gave it to his groundbound stepbrother because he might actually need it, have it come back to my father 40+ years later still in the original holster with tool and magazine, all serial numbers matching (of course). For me, THAT is a grail gun.

Comrade Misfit said...

What I wanted, as a kid, was a Springfield. My dad had one and later sporterized the heck out of it. {Bleech}

In the `80s, a bunch of `03s came on the market for $300 or so. I bought one. Mine turned out to be a somewhat rare variant (Remington `03, before they began making `03A3s).

So I found my Grail gun early.

chuck w said...

That is exactly what I want. I once owned an Artillery Luger with matching serial numbers. Unfortunately, I sold it with my other Lugers and have regretted it ever since.

From Wikipedia:
The Lange Pistole 08 (German: "Long Pistol 08") or Artillery Luger was a pistol carbine for use by German Army artillerymen as a sort of early Personal Defense Weapon. It had a 200 mm barrel, an 8-position tangent rear sight (calibrated to 800 metres [7.87 inches]) and a shoulder stock with holster. It was sometimes used with a 32-round drum magazine (Trommelmagazin 08). It was also available in various commercial carbine versions with yet longer barrels.