Featured herein is a Variation 2 green cover with gold text circa 1902 commercial German language Parabellum instruction manual for the Old Model 1900 7.65mm Parabellum or Luger. Formally of the Nico van Gijn Collection.1 This manual is defined by the author to be a 2nd variation because of the inclusion of the full name and address of the company Deutsches Waffen- und Munitions-fabriken on the cover. The otherwise identical Variation 1 manual lacks this cover information and most importantly has the added statement „SYSTEM LUGER” hand stamped on the inside title page and the on the three fold-out Tafels or Plates. The “System Luger” statement is conspicuously absent in the Variation 2 green cover manual inside title page and fold-out tables. For more information on this particular aspect of the manual go to: Parabellum: The first commercial production Luger instruction manuals, the colored series.
Another unique feature of the subject manual which has not been pictured in any previous publication, other than being, in of itself an extremely rare manual is that this manual is, most certainly one of ninety of the manuals ordered by the Dutch Small Arms Arsenal through DWM’s representative in Amsterdam, the firm of Georges & de Watteville in 19052 with the trial Lugers in 9mm, defined by the Dutch as the “Dutch Model”3.
The below information provided by Nico van Gijn who once owned the only surviving example of the “Dutch Model” being serial number 10130B, a 9mm new model 10000B series Luger prototype of these 10 9mm test Lugers of which the subject manual was supplied: It seems that someone stole or was allowed to own this Luger after the trials. I am sure the Luger and manual were together since 1904 as the person I bought both the gun and manual had nothing to do with firearms at all. He was a farmer and used the pistol with blanks to hurry up cows! He had both the gun and manual a long time ago. There were no 9mm manuals at that time so they changed all data about ballistics, weight etc. by hand.4