Origin: Imperial Germany
Military Service: 1913 - 1945
Wars: WWI, WWII
Action: Semi-Automatic Toggle-Locked
Magazine: 7 Round Detachable, 32 Round Snail-Drum
Significance: A hybrid between a submachine gun and carbine, the Artillery Luger was one of the first "Personal Defense Weapons" issued to soldiers on the battlefield.
Private First Class Herman Stanley sorts through surrendered German pistols in Norway, on July 10, 1945. The pistol in his hand is an Artillery Luger.
WWII German soldier posing with an Artillery Luger
Artillery Lugers accompanied by shoulder stocks are considered "primarily collector’s items and are not likely to be used as weapons, and, therefore, are excluded from the provisions of the NFA." In other words, they are exempt from being classified as short-barreled rifles.
WWI German soldier with an MP18 / snail drum.
Artillery Luger (8 inch barrel) photographed above standard issue Luger (3.75 inch barrel).