1906 American Eagle 9mm Luger SOLD

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This is the classic 1906 American Eagle Luger.  From the 100mm barrel chambered for the 9mm cartridge this is a 'must have' for most American Eagle DWM Collectors. These were the first commercially sold 9mm pistols in the US; DWM actually had to make the cartridges in those days. These were the export guns, stamped Germany meant for the American market. (788)

 

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This is a 9mm Luger (9x19mm) manufactured by DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken) in the classic 1906 configuration with the 4" 100mm barrel and grip safety.   The extractor is marked Geladen (Loaded) and it is mounted on the new frame with early extended sear.  The thumb safety is polished and up for safe. The rear sights are fixed and "V" shaped with the fixed front sight blade. The grips are fine checkered walnut and the magazine is the rolled steel cramped with a wooden bottom with Cal 9mm stamped in the bottom.  Simply a fantastic gun that doesn't come around in 9mm anymore.

This was a very popular handgun in the United States prior to WWI.  The 9mm Luger cartridge was considered a powerful cartridge during the late years leading up to WWI.  The transition to this caliber was the reason that DWM stamped the Cal 9mm on the magazine.  The use of the American Eagle was learned from the Swiss who wanted their national emblem over the chamber; this proved so popular that when the test guns were sent to the US Army they had the American Seal and continued that way through the '20's with the Stoeger guns.

The finish is superb on these early guns with the polishing and buffing done before the rust blue process was applied.  The serial numbers were marked in the commercial (hidden) manner under the side plate and locking lever.  Just a work of art.

The Extractor is marked 'Loaded' in English for the American market.  It was customary for the pre-WWI commercial contract guns produced by DWM for the installation of a National Crest on the Chamber and the use of the indigenous language on the thumb safety and extractor. On these early 1906 Models the thumb safety is polished.  A very clean and well maintained Luger with all matching numbers.

This Parabellum is all matching;  the magazine  is correct and does not exhibit any serial number. It marked with the very rare Cal. 9mm in script. Serial number placement is in the commercial ("hidden") style. The thumb safety is polished and extractor "Geladen" on both sides.

This example has all matching numbers. The barrel is numbered and  matches the frame. The first toggle link is marked with the DWM monogram, and there is the "V" rear sight on the last toggle link.

The early commercial Lugers never had any serial numbers on the bottom of the magazine.  The Cal 9mm stamp on the magazine was the result of the transition from 7.65mm to the 9mm.

On the right is the frame and barrel matching serial numbers with the serial number indicating a 1907 produced gun. These Parabellum were intended for sale outside Germany   The "Germany" export stamp denotes this gun was exported.  These were very early produced 9mm with the short frame and receiver, the 4" standard sized barrel and the rust blue finish.  Really beautiful guns.

 

The non military Luger always had a better chance of surviving in excellent condition because as a commercial someone paid good money for it and cared for the gun like it were their own.  This Parabellum is in excellent shape inside and out and with a little care can make someone a find collector's investment.

This is the classic American Eagle Luger, in 9mm; the basic collector must have in any serious collection.  While these models are not 'rare' they are difficult to obtain in excellent condition as this one represents.  See Kenyon "Lugers at Random" Page 104

This was a very popular handgun in the United States prior to WWI.  The 9mm Luger cartridge was considered a powerful cartridge during the late years leading up to WWI.  The transition to this caliber was the reason that DWM stamped the Cal 9mm on the magazine.  The use of the American Eagle was learned from the Swiss who wanted their national emblem over the chamber; this proved so popular that when the test guns were sent to the US Army they had the American Seal and continued that way through the '20's with the Stoeger guns.

 

It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria.

 We reserve the right to withdraw any firearm from an auction site that is sold over the counter. We reserve the right to withdrawn any weapon sold over the counter.  If you need additional pictures to complete your buying decisions then direct Questions to: josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com  This 1906 American Eagle is offered for $5,650.00 over-the-counter.

 

LAYAWAYS:  Sometimes our "significant other" doesn't understand the beauty, craftsmanship and investment potential of one of these investor grade weapons.  In these circumstances where discretion becomes the better part of valor we will accept layaways of up to one year with at least 20% down and some activity occurring monthly to insure that after one year the sale is completed.  Cancellations of layaways forfeit 33% if done within two months, otherwise 100%. You can transfer a layaway to a consignment sale at any time. See "Legal" for exact terms.

 

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WARNING: We do not represent these guns as safe to fire. They are not test fired before sale; they are sold as collectibles only. Prior to firing you should have it inspected by a qualified individual and abide by all safety requirements.

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