This little item is terrifically tough to find. It’s the adapter for the MP-18/I designed to allow the 32 round drum magazine (snail drums) to fit. Not quite WW2 but since I have a trommel drum and I am looking for an MP-18, it’s a case of hook it when you see it. The MP18 was originally designed with a 20 round box magazine however the Army procurement organization insisted that the weapon be made compatible with the TM08 trommels which were common due to their issue for the LP08 pistol. This required this spacer adapter to be slid onto the snail drum to prevent it being pushed to far into the receiver of the MP18.
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A little while back I picked up a Red-9 Mauser C96 (see below). I only got it because I liked the quirkiness of the setup for the wooden shoulder stock. So I immediately started looking for a wooden holster to match. Doing my research I discovered a few tell tales that would be useful for someone else looking for the same thing. In this case, the original stocks always had the tensioning screw end up at an angle 20 or 30 degrees off true. The Red-9 stocks had the squared off grain on the thumb release and this is always perpendicular to the edge of the lid. And finally these stocks were supplied without the metal loop at the hinge. If your stock has a loop then it is likely a bolo stock and post-war. It’s important to get the right holster as the wood that was removed from inside the cap was different to conform with the cocking lever setup. In the Red-9 series these were always the small ring style thumb grip.
Here is my “Red 9” Mauser C96. Mauser manufactured this pistol from 1896 until 1937. In 1916 the Imperial German Army placed an order for 150,000 of these to be chambered in 9mm Parabellum rather than the original 7.63mm. The reason for this was that the Luger production was heavily delayed and this was seen as a stop-gap. The 9 was marked into the handle by local armourers and filled with red paint, hence its name. This was done so that users did not accidentally load it with the original 7.63 ammunition.
This particular example has the shortened 140mm barrel indicating that it was reworked for police use post-war. It doesn’t have the 1920 date however. The leather holster is the as-issued variety. The adjustable sights were removed at the time of the barrel shortening and a fixed sight applied in its place.
I have had my Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube for about 10 years and in all that time have only see two of the cloth field covers for them. This one was just last week and I snapped it up now that I know how rare they are. In the photos you can see it still has its fastenings intact. You can also see that I had it on backwards. Ha.
This is a WW1 Imperial German stick grenade called the M1916. It’s an odd design since the base of the grenade doesn’t hold a porcelain ball like the M1917 but rather has a weight that falls out when the grenade is thrown. I think this is a water recovered one with a touch up on the paint job as although the manufacturer “R.C.W.N.” marking is still visible, there is wood loss where the fuse time was stamped and all I can make out is an 8.
This Artillery Luger, manufactured by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in 1917 comes complete with its holster, wooden stock and a Bing manufactured type-2 snail drum magazine (Trommel magazin 08). The condition of this set is mixed, with the main problem being that the Luger itself is mismatched. The top is stamped 10, while the receiver bottom and frame is stamped 38. This makes it a bit of a shooter rather than a collectors piece although the price was awesome enough to make me ignore this.
I have the successor medal here. I find the fact that I have even one of these pretty funny since I collect neither fire service medals nor the medals issued by the German States. This is what happens when you apply a vacuum cleaner to the internet. This medal was issued between 1884 and 1918, although when it was finally suppressed it hadn’t been awarded since 1915.