SOLD - Rare 1908 DWM Bulgarian Luger
2/2/17 - This is an excellent example of an all original, unaltered 1908 DWM Bulgarian contract Luger pistol. There were exactly 10,000 of these pistols ordered by Bulgaria in the 1908-10 time frame. These are a very difficult example to obtain in original unaltered condition as they saw heavy use in both WWI and WW2; having been rebuilt at least once or twice by DWM. After WW2 most of them were captured by the Russians. This specific pistol has about 95-96% of its original finish, with no major wear to speak of. There is a little browning coming through on the straps, and some edge wear here and there, but overall it is a remarkable piece. The chamber is marked with the DWM scroll monogram and unique Bulgarian Crest on top of the front toggle. The right side of the barrel extension is stamped with a single "Bulgarian Rampant Lion" acceptance/proof mark with no other acceptance proofs. The lower safety lever area is marked "FIRE" and the left side of the extractor is marked "LOADED" both in Cyrillic lettering. The full serial number "1305" is located on the front of the receiver and the underside of the barrel, with the partial serial number "05" stamped on most of the various other parts with some correctly unnumbered. The pistol frame has the distinctive Bulgarian lanyard loop on the bottom of the rear grip strap. Both the grips and magazine are unnumbered, but appear period correct. Bore is excellent, with slightly smoothed grooves but it is clean and shiny.