Parabellum manuals


Original 1901 Borchardt-Luger owner's manuals

                    Original 1901 Borchardt-Luger owner's manual                Original 1901 Borchardt-Luger owner's manual
   
Shown above are cover pages from two of the 1st commercial owner’s manual published for the PARABELLUM pistol. The one pictured on the left is formally of the John Pearson collection. This particular owner’s manual is featured in various publications on the Luger pistol including the Gun Collector’s Digest by J. Schroeder and The Luger Book by John Walter.
 

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Six original Circa 1902 DWM Old Model PARABELLUM owner's manuals.

German language
Variation 1
German language
Variation 2
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commercial production Luger instruction manuals,
the colored series.
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Click here to view article describing the Variation 2
German Language Parabellum Instruction Manual.
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English language French language
Close-up of back cover of english language 1902 PARABELLUM owner's manual
   
Spanish language
Spanish language
    
BERLIN 1902 PARABELLUM purple cover, gold
lettering instruction manual found in Buenos Aires,
Argentina.
BERLIN 1902 PARABELLUM purple cover, gold
lettering instruction manual found in Germany. An
extremely rare original 4-page, 2-sided Spanish
language advertising folder/flyer
was found inserted
in this manual. The flyer is advertising an experimental
Model 1900 Luger carbine rig.

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Marine-Modell 1904 P.04 Navy Luger Commercial Instruction Manual

                   
   
Pictured above is an extremely rare ===== Marine-Modell 1904 ===== commercial P.04 navy Luger instruction manual, printed by DWM, titled: Die Selbstlade-Pistole „Parabellum“, Marine-Modell 1904, Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken, Berlin. The 100 year old plus manual was printed using the “letter offset” process and is in near new condition with all pages intact; no missing pages, fading, dog ears, and only minor yellowing or foxing of some pages. Click here to see more information on the manual.
 

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Six original Circa 1906 DWM New Model PARABELLUM owner's manuals.

German language (variation 1) German language (variation 2)
English language Another English language manual
French language Spanish language
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The earliest known H. Tauscher published commercial
1906 New Model Luger manual in the United States.

   
The earliest known Hans Tauscher commercial Luger manual published for the Luger automatic repeating pistol. It is noted on the cover (a sales promotion) that the Luger was awarded the Grand Prize at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis in 1904. The manual on the right was sold out of Los Angeles as indicated by the retailer stamp on the cover. Both manuals feature the new model Luger dating the manuals to at least 1906 to World War 1.
 

                                   


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H.Tauscher commercial 1906 New Model
Luger manuals published in the United States.

   
1906 Hans Tauscher commercial New Model Luger manuals published for the Luger automatic repeating pistol. The manual on the left was sold through a retailer/dealer as indicated by the retailer stamp on the cover.
 

                                   


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1909 Pistole 08 instruction manual.

  Cover of 1909 Pistole 08 instruction manual

 
  Pictured above is a 4 May 1909 first official issue P.08 Luger instruction manual, D.V.E. Nr. 255., with a pale bluish-green, hard bound front and rear cover and a dark blue fabric binder. The manual is completely intact and in excellent condition. The manual measures 6" x 4-¼" and has eighty one pages of text and illustrations relating to the Parabellum Pistole 08. This is one of the rarest of all manuals pertaining to this pistol. More details on the 1909 first official issue Pistole 08
instruction manual D.V.E. Nr. 255.
can be found at this link.
 


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1909 Portuguese M2 Army Luger manual.

                   Cover of 1909 Portuguese M2 Luger manual
                   This is an original 1909 Portuguese M2 Army Luger manual. Article to follow soon.

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1910 Borchardt-Luger Portuguese Navy Luger manual.

                   Cover of 1910 Borchardt-Luger Portuguese Navy Luger manual
                   This is an original 1910 Borchardt-Luger Portuguese Navy Luger manual. Article to follow soon.


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1912 printed Bulgarian Mod. 1911 (P.08) instruction manual.

                   1912 printed Bulgarian Mod. 1911 (P.08) instruction manual
                   Extremely rare 1912 printed Bulgarian Mod. 1911 (P.08) instruction manual with four, original period drawings issued with manual. Article in queue.


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1917 LP08 instruction manual.

                   Cover of 1917 LP08 instruction manual Foldout number 1
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                   This is an original LP08 instruction manual, including fold-out illustrations. Apparently, this manual is
                   the only such version published, no other versions have surfaced. Ironically the manual is dated 1917,
                   three years after the LP08 was introduced in the field. For further pictures and information concerning this manual, click here.
 


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Earliest known 1920s printing of the instruction manual for the P.08 dated 1923.

                   Earliest known 1920s printing of the instruction manual for the P.08 dated 1923


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1928 Dutch Royal Navy Parabellum manual.

  Cover of 1928 Dutch Royal Navy Parabellum manual

 
  The rarest Dutch Luger accessory, by far is the Dutch Navy Parabellum instruction manual, appropriately titled AUTOMATISCH PISTOLE Nº. 1. shown in Luger Holsters and Their Accessories by E. Bender on page 405 with caption text stating: Printed and issued in 1928, this first addition manual of instructions for the Dutch Naval Parabellum is extremely rare. Cover of the manual is red, and very few now exists. Nico Van Gijn further states: I think it is the rarest manual in Holland so far as I have never found any other one. For further pictures and information concerning this manual, click here.
 


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1928 M.11 Dutch Army Luger manual.

  Cover of 1928 M.11 Dutch Army Luger manual  
  This is an original 1928 M.11 Dutch Army Luger manual. For further pictures and information concerning this manual, click here.
 


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1928 dated M1911 Bulgarian Luger instruction manual.

                   1928 dated M1911 Bulgarian Luger instruction manual


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Bulgarian M1911 Luger Instruction Manuals.

 1929 manual 1939 manual 
            
 Close-up of the inside cover of the 1929 manual.      Click on picture above to see article describing the 1939 manual.


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1930's Denkler brown cover Die Pistole 08 pre-war issue instruction manual.

 Brown manual  
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1934 Schmitt-Pistolen=Dienst Manual.

                   
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1934-5 Pistole 08 Score Book.

                   


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1936 P.08 manual, H.Dv. (Heer-army) and L.Dv. (Luftwaffe-Air Force), 3 examples.

  Manual 1 
 

 
  Manual 2 
 

 
  Manual 3 
 

 


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1936 German instruction manual on how to shoot pistols & revolvers.


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1937 Batavia-Centrum M.11 Dutch Army Luger manual.

  Cover of 1937 Batavia-Centrum M.11 instruction manual

 
  Rare M.11 instruction manual, D.v.O. III., A nr. 3a., printed in Batavia-Centrum or Batavia-Central, formally of the Netherlands Indies until 1942, currently Jakarta, Indonesia. This excellent condition manual was printed in 1937. For more info click here.
 

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1938 Israeli Police instruction manual.

  Cover of 1938 Israeli Police instruction manual

 
   
 

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1939 Batavia-Centrum M.11 Dutch Army Luger manual.

  Cover of 1939 Batavia-Centrum M.11 instruction manual

 
  Rare M.11 instruction manual, D.v.O. III., A nr. 3b., printed in Batavia-Centrum or Batavia-Central, formally of the Netherlands Indies until 1942, currently Jakarta, Indonesia. This excellent condition 1939 printing, complete with no additions or changes, is apparently the last manual printed for the Dutch East Indies Army M.11 Luger as……. For more info click here.
 

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1939 Mauser manual.

  
 


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1940 issue of 1939 D 123 German Army instruction manual for the ERMA self-loading device or Selbstlade-Einstecklaufes (S.E.L.) für Pistol 08.

  
 

1940 German

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1940's Denkler orange cover Die Pistole 08 war issue instruction manual.

Orange manual  
1940's Die Pistole 08 manual

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1940's Denkler blue cover Die Pistole 08 war issue instruction manual.

Blue manual  
1940's Die Pistole 08 manual

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1941 Wa16 Ammunition Booklet


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1941 Mauser manual.

  
 


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1942 Wa 2 Die Pistole 08 booklet.

  
 


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1949 and 1955 Norwegian Army M/08 Luger manual.

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  1949 manual fold-out            1955 manual fold-out  
   
The entire Norwegian Army, which was initially a Home Defense Force, rather like the British Home Guard or the National Guard in the US, was re-equipped on its reformation immediately after WWII with surplus German equipment, much of it left behind by the Germans in 1945 when they surrendered and withdrew from occupation. This included many P.08s, since they were a second line weapon in German terms then, fitted for occupation troops, and the German MG34 and 42, the K98k, plus artillery etc. The Norwegian Army accordingly printed its own Norwegian translations of the German manuals for its own consumption, even into the 1950s for some equipments, and set up domestic production of ammo in the relevant calibers also. The adoption was informal, in as much as no trials were conducted of any weapons used, they simply inspected what was left by the Germans for serviceability and used it. These German weapons were phased out in the mid 50's, initially for US surplus (ex-Korean War) and later for modern new made weapons through the 60's. Nonetheless, the manual is a nice piece, and outside Norway fairly rare.
Information generously provided by world reknown Luger collector, Dr. G. L. Sturgess.
 

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