Original Item: This is an original WWI Production wood stock for the Luger Lange
Pistole 08, usually referred to as the "Artillery Luger."
This P08 variation was equipped with a 200 mm (7.9 in) barrel, an 8-position tangent
rear sight (calibrated to 800 meters (870 yd)) and a board-type shoulder stock with
an attached leather holster. In the event of close combat, the pistol was intended to
be used as a carbine with the shoulder stock attached to a lug mounted on the heel of
the pistol frame. When set for long range use the rear sight element visibly moves to
the left to compensate for spin drift. While initially intended for use by German
artillery units who could not be encumbered by the long and heavy K.98 rifle, the LP 08
was also used by Aviation units (prior to equipping aircraft with machine guns) as well
as the Infantry, primarily on the Western front during World War I.
This wooden stock originally would have had a holster with it, along with various straps
and attachments that were screwed into the stock. These are unfortunately missing, but
the stock is still in excellent condition. The wood color and finish is very good, and
the original attaching iron is still present, and fully functional. Just to the right of
the locking lever the number 9392 is stamped into the wood which would indicate an arsenal
storage number of possibly re-assigned to another Lange P08 Artillery Luger Pistol.
The metal finish is quite nice, and it still has the original serial number markings:2458.
This would have matched...the pistol serial number of the pistol it was assigned to.