Originally featured in Points West magazine in Fall 2011
World War I Luger
A vintage firearm that is left in its original condition is typically considered more collectible and valuable than one that has been refurbished or modified. There are, however, some firearms restoration specialists who are so skilled and artistic that they can create a more desirable firearm than the original through their efforts. This World War I German Artillery Luger is such a firearm.
Since 1968, John Martz of Lincoln, California, has converted World War II P.38 pistols and World War I and II Lugers into various configurations. The Martz conversions are avidly sought after for their superb workmanship and functional accuracy. This longer-barreled artillery Luger has been made into a carbine by the addition of a detachable stock and “snail drum” magazine. An original magazine loading tool and standard magazine are also displayed with it in the main gallery of the Cody Firearms Museum.
Luger. Gift of George and Patty Martin. 2010.11.1