Luftwaffe Survival Rifle/Drilling Nazi German WW2
Price: $9,995.00 | Product Code: Survival/Drilling | Availability: In Stock
This is a beautiful example of a scarce and desirable WWII J. P. Sauer and Sohns M30 German Luftwaffe survival drilling rifle. The M30 Drilling was standard issue to Luftwaffe bomber crews in North Africa and the Mediterranean Theater from 1941-43 to provide them with a high-quality survival rifle in the event of a forced landing. They are a three-barreled combination gun, with a double-barrel 12 gauge over a 9.3x74R rifle barrel.
These drilling rifles exhibit the beautiful pre-war workmanship, as produced by the J. P. Sauer and Sohns factory, that consists of the high-polish, rust-blued barrel with the beautiful color case-hardened receiver and trigger, along with an oil-finished European walnut stock and forearm. This rivaled anything that was produced in the US at the time.
The bottom of the rear barrel lug has a single "stick Eagle/2" Luftwaffe acceptance mark. The underside of each barrel has the Commercial "Eagle/N" proofmarks, along with the bore and gauge/caliber markings, "12/65" and is dated 2-42 for the month and year of manufacture. In addition there is a very small "Eagle/M" proof mark similar to the standard "Eagle/N" firing proof, which may indicate German Navy acceptance, as these could have been issued to pilots of the various Flying Boats and seaplanes in use by the German Kriegsmarine throughout the war. Both shotgun barrels and the rifle barrel are marked: "KRUPP-LAUFSTAHL", with serial number "338080" located on the underside of the rifle barrel. The right rear breech area of the shotgun barrel also has the larger "Luftwaffe Eagle" Luftwaffe mark carrying the Nazi Swastika. The top left edge of the receiver rail and the rear of the tang is marked with serial number "338080" with the intertwined "SS" proof for the Sauer & Sohns factory along with the Commercial Eagle "N" firing proof on the right side of the receiver. Both sides of the receiver are marked "J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL" with a larger intertwined "SS" logo on the underside of the receiver.
The barrel has a matted rib with a blade & brass bead front sight. These drilling rifles have a Greener-type cross-bolt receiver/action with a side-mounted safety lever. It also has a very nice walnut stock and forend. The stock has a small European oval cheekpiece and a case-hardened pistol grip-cap with a serrated horn buttplate. The right side of the buttstock is stamped with a large prominent Luftwaffe Eagle/Swastika insignia. The partial serial number, "8080" is stamped on the inside of the forearm. The top of the receiver tang has a sliding barrel selector catch. When engaged, the rifle barrel selector raises a folding, 100-meter, rifle rear sight on the barrel rib and engages the forward trigger for firing the rifle barrel. The front trigger can be pushed forward to activate a "single set" trigger. This rifle has diminutive, high-quality scroll engraving on the receiver, trigger guard, and engraved screw heads, with the forearm and pistol grip being finely checkered.
The drilling is packed in an aluminum carrying case that has the gray/green painted exterior. The inside lid of the carrying case contains a black stenciled listing of the original contents of the case. It is in excellent overall condition, with a solid 98-99% original of the rust blued finish and with 98%+ of the original color case-hardened finish. There is only some minor edge and high spot wear and some minor fading of the case colors on the edges of the trigger guard and the upper scalloped edges of the receiver, with some fading and light rust spots on the grip cap. The stock and forend both retain 95% of the hand rubbed oil finish with excellent original hand checkering on pistol grip and sides of the forend, with just a couple of minor dings in a couple places. The barrels are mint, with no dents or rust. The original Luftwaffe case retains 80% of the original gray-green painted finish. This is a very nice example of a scarce and desirable Luftwaffe drilling rifle.