Luger With a 20″ Barrel

Remember in the original Batman movie from 1989 when the Joker shoots down the Batwing with his super long barreled revolver? This Luger is just as ridiculous. A Redditor posted about their unique find recently, check out the rest of the pics here. I wonder how it shoots, and do they make a Sig brace adapter for them yet?

In case you haven’t seen our video on why the Luger rocks, check it out here. I want to add one to my collection one day.


From the Reddit post:

Yesterday someone posted an ad to a local gun selling website for a ‘project luger’, he was a little bit out there in the country but the one picture he took looked interesting, mainly because of the ludicrously long barrel.

Drove out, picked it up with 3 extra magazines for a decent price, I’m quite happy with it actually.

It’s a mixed-parts gun, most numbers don’t match and it has a nice, old, grey patina to most of the parts. Even with that, everything seems nice and smooth and the springs feel good and strong. Has a nice snap to the action.

As far as I can tell, it’s a military frame, DWM toggle. Has no ‘Made in Germany’ markings on it and the safety is in German, which leads me to believe it’s mostly military parts not made for export.

The barrel is definitely not original, the only markings on it is ‘made in Italy’ in small letters at the base. The barrel is in pretty good shape actually, some surface rust on the outside but the bore is bright, crisp and free of rust or pits. I think he said it was new when he bought it.

I can’t find ANY barrels this length, even Artillery lugers don’t have a barrel this long. No idea who made it, and I kinda want to know if there’s even a market for a ~20 inch barrel. It’s a little silly.

Sadly, the barrel doesn’t line up exactly right so I can’t shoot the gun, my plan is just to find a normal 4-inch barrel and have that installed professionally, then it’ll be a range toy. I always wanted a luger, this satisfies the urge well.

Ray I.

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  • wetcorps

    Maybe made to comply with some silly gun laws, like these British revolvers with a long barrel and counterweight.

    • Anonymoose

      Put a carbine forend and a stock on it and it might be more practical.

      • sam

        I’m thinking about it, I’m wondering if the front stock might have a roll to play in making the longer (than artillery length) pipes work. I mean, I’ve never fired one or taken one apart, but it seems like the block at the back would tend to gall if it had to support a lot of weight…

        Anyway, overall this is interesting for me. I like long barrels; they’re pretty, scavenge velocity, take some of the edge off of the firing. I mean not all pistols are destined to be carried concealed or on someone’s hip, etc anyway. A 20″ Luger is is too much of a good thing but interesting nonetheless.

      • Anon. E Maus

        I always thought those little Luger carbines were cool as hell. Shame they’re so goddamn rare. How many were made? 20?

        • Anonymoose

          Dunno. I saw one on Phoenix Investment Arms’s site, and I fell in love. I’d really prefer to have it in 9mm though if possible.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    The borrowing from reddit is getting to be ‘noticeable’. I feel like if this trend of non-original content continues the click bait titles will be here in no time…

    “You won’t beleive what happens at this 3-Gun Match”, “5 things you range doesn’t want you to know”,

    • PeterK

      Well there’s no way on this green Earth I am setting browser on reddit, sooo I appreciate the coverage. :p

      Love the clickbait titles, though, haha.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea, reddit can suck you in easily.

  • Xx_GabeNewell_xX

    Its the captains luger

    • anon

      The captain had broom handles though

  • Andrey Martim

    This gun is a Luger Carbine model without the stock and the handguard, right? Only good explanation to this…

    • David Sharpe

      Do you mean the Arty Luger? That had an 7.8 inch barrel.

      This is custom, there is no reasonable explanation that I can think of but that.

  • Bill

    Point of info, the original “Batman” movie came out in the 60’s and has a scene that is mandatory viewing for anyone in EOD or who is a bomb tech.

    • marathag

      Some days you just can’t get rid of a Bomb

  • Zebra Dun

    Someone had it a plan to make a Lugar Carbine and never installed the hardware for a stock.
    A four inch is the better length I agree.

  • jamezb

    These were sold in the late 70’s-early 80’s – by SARCO I believe, for those wanting a to use a Luger board-stock reproduction not original to the gun without falling afoul of BATF regs. Why they made it 20″ rather than 16″ escapes me – the only reason I can think…which doesn’t make good sense…is if the seller interpreted that possession of the stock and pistol constituted a rifle, and that thus, a 26″ OAL had to be maintained even with the stock removed.

    • J-

      You are right. There were Luger carbines imported into the US at various points. Since the stock was removable, the 20″ barrel was needed for the 26″ OAL. It looks like the wooden foregrip for this one was lost long ago. The foregrip did not attach to the barrel but to the frame of the gun as the barrel needed to recoil to cycle.

  • jamezb

    Seeing the Luger without a barrel makes me wonder how short you could go with a Luger snubbie and still have reliable function?


    Lugar envy.

  • Alucard

    Pretty neat,I wonder if it is more rare than my friend’s Walther P38 WWII bring back that has 3 barrels:2″,4″,and 8″.

  • Blake

    BTW a really long barreled revolver is generally called a Buntline

  • Jamie Clemons

    It looks like a rifle barrel.

  • Jamie Clemons

    I bet it is accurate as all get out.

  • avconsumer2

    Johnny Dangerously-esque

  • Guest


    Is it odd that the first thing I thought of was Episode 5 of FLCL, and how the Luger kept getting longer and longer…

  • Matt Shermer

    Is it weird that the first thing I though of was FLCL Episode 5, and how the Luger progressively kept getting longer and longer?