Antique Luger Carbines
Antique Luger Carbines are original firearms produced during the early years of the 20th century.
The Luger Carbine is an automatic firearm, which is similar to a rifle but lighter and has a shorter barrel.
History & Description
The Luger Carbine was designed by Georg J. Luger, an Austrian firearms designer, and was produced by the German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).
Prior to the First World War, the United States was the greatest importer of the Luger Carbine. It is also said that both Kaiser Wilhelm and President Teddy Roosevelt were presented with Luger Carbines and were stated to have used the firearms during hunting.
Although the firearm’s specifications altered throughout its production, as a general rule, the barrel of the Luger Carbine was 300mm long and had a ramp front sight and came with 7.65mm ammunition. Most of the models were generally cased in luxury leather covered wooden coffer and many had their handles or hilt engraved.
Guide for collectors
Although the Luger Carbine has not enjoyed as much popularity as the Luger P08 pistol, the Luger Carbine is still one of the most sought after Luger firearms and, as a result, is also one of the most valuable.
However, instances of antique Luger Carbines sold at auction houses are uncommon, there are a number of specialist firearm dealers on the internet where collectors can purchase Luger Carbines. A few good examples include; Luger-Carbines, Guns America, Guns International and Phoenix Investment Arms.
Notable auction sales
On December 4th 2011 at the Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Illinois, a 7.65mm 1902 Luger Auto Carbine, in excellent condition, realised a price of $51,750.
On March 26th 2001 at O’Gallerie in Portland, Oregon, a 7.65mm 1902 Luger Carbine with shoulder stock realised a price of $4,000.
In October 2008 at James D. Julia in Fairfield, Maine, a DWM 1902 Luger Carbine realised a price of $13,800.