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**JP Sauer & Sohn M30 WWII Luftwaffe Survival Drilling

12 gauge/9.3x74R, 25.625" barrels, S/N 336288. Blued barrels, color casehardened receiver, checkered pistol-gripped stock with raised cheek rest and Sauer & Sohn {Double-S} logo grooved Bakelite buttplate. Checkered splinter forearm. Matching serial numbers on triggerguard tang, on interior of frame, under barrels and in forend. Bottom of barrels with German {Eagle}/N proofs, Sauer logos and Luftwaffe {Droop-winged Eagle}/2 acceptance on rifle barrel lug. The code 741 under the chamber of the rifle barrel suggests July of 1941 production. Both sides of receiver marked J.P. SAUER & SOHN, SUHL and decorated with simple flowing foliate engraving that continues under the frame with the intertwined Sauer & Sohn SS logo under the receiver along with the Sauer "miner" logo. Both shotgun barrels marked on top of the chambers J.P. SAUER & SOHN, SUHL and KRUPP-LAUFSTAHL. Right chamber of shotgun barrel and obverse of stock clearly stamped with the {Spread-Winged Luftwaffe Eagle} clutching a swastika in its talons. Matted ribb engraved 9,3x74.R. and equipped with 100-yard auto-actuated flip up rear sight, white mid-rib bead and front blade sight. Equipped with sling swivels.

These incredibly high-quality Sauer & Sohn's combination hunting guns were ordered by the Luftwaffe circa 1941 for use as survival guns and were delivered in 1941-42 in aluminum transit cases that included a full range of accessories and ammunition. The right shotgun barrel was intended for use with birdshot and 25 of those cartridges were included in the case, while the left barrel was intended for use with Brenneke slugs for use against game, with 20 of those supplied as well. The rifle barrel on the bottom was chambered for the immensely powerful 9.3x74R cartridge, similar to the .375 Nitro Express and more than capable of dealing with most dangerous game. 20 Rifle cartridges were included in the kit as well. The rifles were primarily issued to pilot of Junkers JU-87 Stuka Dive Bombers and Messerschmitt BF-109 Fighters during the North African campaign. While some 5,000 of the guns were ordered most sources note that only 2,456 were delivered, making these a scarce a desirable addition to any advanced collection of World War II German small arms, particularly a collection that centers on the Luftwaffe. The M30 certainly holds the distinction of the being the highest quality and most expensive "survival gun" ever issued in military service.

 

 

Provenance:From the Collection of Charlie Hinton

Condition:

Fine. Retains much of the original blue on the barrels with some moderate thinning and wear, with some areas thinned to pewter gray metal. Color case hardened frame has faded and dulled to a smoky gray patina with strong traces of original mottled blues and purples and some small patches of vivid color in protected areas. All markings remain clear, crisp and fully legible. Mechanically functional in all respects, including barrel selector, safety, flip up rear sight, extractors, etc. Fine bright bores in shotgun barrels, rifle barrel with some scattered surface dust, some frosting and some scattered oxidation, much of which should clean out. A couple of the screws show some light slot wear, most notably the one in the bottom of the receiver. Stock about fine with some scattered bumps, dings and minor marks, retaining most of the original finish with some flaked finish loss near the buttplate on the reverse. A short and tight grain crack its present on the top of the wrist, starting at the end of the tang and running to the comb.

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$9,225
05/25/2021

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