But this is my first "Artillery Luger".
The tremendous length of the barrel, and rifle-style sights are what
sets the LP.08 apart from the regular P.08.
LP.08 = "Lange Pistole (model of) 1908"
Lange Pistole = Long Pistol
This particular specimen is a little rough in terms of finish wear, but
it's all original, and all matching.
I must admit, I didn't really have too much interest in Artillery
Lugers (mostly because nice ones cost much more than I generally am
willing to spend)
...when I saw Capt. Englehorn whip one out in the recent remake of
"King Kong". That dude was a brass-balled hard charging S.O.B. and I
wish they'd make a spin-off series based on his, and his crews
adventures around the world.
I mean, what sort of "Rare animal collector" sails around with 50
Mausers and 20 Thompson SMG's?
Not to mention his personal LP-08!
( note the imperial proofs and detail of the rear sight. The rust under
the sight was easily removed and controlled)
I bet he was in the Kriegsmarine during The War...Probably a U-boat
Of course, if he was in the Kriegsmarine, he'd likely have the other
rare Luger I still don't have - The 6" "Navy Model".
Which has even cooler sights than the Artillery model!
Here we see the biggest single heartbreaker on this pistol. The finish
is worn to bare
metal where the thumb rides the rear grip strap.
I've never seen wear like this before. The metal is not pitted, but the
bluing is just...gone.
Probably the result of it being plucked out of the bloody hand of a
Nazi general by some Yank soldier at the battle of the Somme in 1916!
Yes, I know that last sentence has more historical holes than a block
of Swiss Cheese, but I needed to test you. How many errors can you find?
Oh, and while you're at it, can you please tell me where Waldo is? I
still can't find that son-of-a-gun.
(note the fire blued ejector and bare metal interior - if it were
blued, it'd be a sure sign that the pistol had been refinished...not
really a concern with this old soldier)
Manufacturer's proofs, and serial numbered safety.
More matching serial numbers...
...and yet more!
The serial numbers are very hard to see on the grips, but they are
there. There are other markings too, which are actually easier to see.
Last set of serial numbers on the trigger and take-down lever. This is a
nifty old piece.