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The Swiss were actually the first to officially adopt the Luger pistol.

They were first manufactured in Germany at DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken) from 1900 to 1914, then in Switzerland at the Waffenfabrik Bern from 1918 to 1946, until itís replacement by the P49 (SIG P210).

Here is an link to a detailed history of the origin and the Swiss tests.

The Borchardt-Luger History - origins of the Parabellum

Mine is a 06/24 variation. It was produced in 1922. I bought it in 2013 for $ 1000.-. It was in a beautiful condition, and still is but Iíve probably shot another 1500 rounds through it since.

Caliber is 7.65 mm Parabellum, also called .30 Luger. Barrel is 120 mm, it holds 8 cartridges in the magazine plus one in the chamber.











Loaded chamber indicator



Grip safety



Markings, with the serial number, either full or partial, appearing in various places













I have a few spare mags, those are still available at LGS, gun shows and from private sellers.



Here is another one with the corresponding holster. That one was found after my FIL passed away.

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Very nice pistol and the Swiss were very careful with theirs. You did good!
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And some range time tonight



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You have a beautifully preserved collector item, and any Parabellum (Luger) collector would give part of his anatomy to have one that nice!

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I have always like the look of the Luger.
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Awesome looking Luger! Recall when they could be had for fairly reasonable money in the 70s. Not anymore!! I seldom see them lately. Last one was years back an S/42 and going for $1800
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Neat gun, I didn't realize they had a grip safety. I have a vet bring back one from WW2 that I bought from the son of the soldier who brought it back. Every year or two I will put a magazine through it. Interesting gun mechanically. Also, it is iconic. I would put it up there with the 1911, Colt SAA, Model 29, Model 10, BHP and such in terms of iconic.

Did your relative have a story on that one anyone is familiar with?

When my grandfather on my mother's side died, they were cleaning out his house and found a Luger and BHP with Nazi markings. He was a WW2 vet and no one knew he had them, but he was a big outdoorsmen and had everything else rifle and shotgun wise to feed a large family if the fish weren't biting.
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Again, very annoying

Seriously, thanks for sharing. It’s a lot of fun to see pieces of gun collections in foreign countries where geographic proximity to supply and different regulations produce specimens I typically don’t see. Keep posting!
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Neat gun, I didn't realize they had a grip safety. I have a vet bring back one from WW2 that I bought from the son of the soldier who brought it back. Every year or two I will put a magazine through it. Interesting gun mechanically. Also, it is iconic. I would put it up there with the 1911, Colt SAA, Model 29, Model 10, BHP and such in terms of iconic.

Did your relative have a story on that one anyone is familiar with?

When my grandfather on my mother's side died, they were cleaning out his house and found a Luger and BHP with Nazi markings. He was a WW2 vet and no one knew he had them, but he was a big outdoorsmen and had everything else rifle and shotgun wise to feed a large family if the fish weren't biting.
Those for Portugal and Switzerland had grip safeties, save for the P-08's supplied to Portugal in and after 1943.

Early German examples, like the 1904 Navy version also had grip safeties. German examples after 1908 for the Army and 1914 for the Navy don't have grip safeties. Other countries might or might not have grip safeties. The Dutch had them until the last orders before WW II, but Iranian ones lack that safety.

Switzerland used four versions, as far as I know: 1900, 1906, 1906/24, and 1906/29. All were in 7.65mm Luger. Finnish ones were that caliber and had the 4.75 inch barrel, but no grip safety.
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The Swiss were actually the first to officially adopt the Luger pistol.

They were first manufactured in Germany at DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken) from 1900 to 1914, then in Switzerland at the Waffenfabrik Bern from 1918 to 1946, until it’s replacement by the P49 (SIG P210).

Here is an link to a detailed history of the origin and the Swiss tests.

The Borchardt-Luger History - origins of the Parabellum

Mine is a 06/24 variation. It was produced in 1922. I bought it in 2013 for $ 1000.-. It was in a beautiful condition, and still is but I’ve probably shot another 1500 rounds through it since.

Caliber is 7.65 mm Parabellum, also called .30 Luger. Barrel is 120 mm, it holds 8 cartridges in the magazine plus one in the chamber.











Loaded chamber indicator



Grip safety



Markings, with the serial number, either full or partial, appearing in various places













I have a few spare mags, those are still available at LGS, gun shows and from private sellers.



Here is another one with the corresponding holster. That one was found after my FIL passed away.


I like seeing the holster and note that the 1957 ammo boxes are red and white, the Swiss colors.

Classic 12, everything you post is just superb!

But how can a 1906/24 Luger be made in 1922?

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