American Rifleman - July 2017 - 96

I HAVE THIS OLD GUN ...

G

erman Reichmarschall Hermann
Göring, as well as being
Reichminister of Aviation, also
possessed a bevy of other titles and
honorariums-one of which was
Reichminister of Forestry. He was also
an avid hunter and firearm enthusiast, and this may explain why he provided selected aircrews in his beloved
Luftwaffe with a "survival arm" that
would have been the envy of the most
sophisticated Teutonic sportsman.
The M30 Luftwaffe Drilling ("drilling" being a derivative of the German
word drei, or "three") was a superb,
commercial-grade longarm possessed
of two upper 12-ga. shotgun barrels
and a lower barrel chambered for the
long, tapered 9.3x74 mm R sporting
cartridge. The latter first appeared just
after the turn of the 20th century and
provided performance similar to the
British .400/360 Nitro Express. The rifle/
shotgun combination provided a downed
aircrew not only with a self-defense gun
but also a hunting arm should they be
stranded in inhospitable territory.
Manufactured by the esteemed Suhl,
Germany, maker J.P. Sauer & Sohn, this
combination gun was built to exacting
standards and, in fact, was basically
just a "militarized" version of one of
the firm's popular sporting arms. We
use the term "militarized" loosely,
for there was virtually no attempt to
skimp on quality. Possessing blued barrels of Krupp Lauftstahl, the action was
tastefully case-hardened and engraved.

96

M30 LUFTWAFFE DRILLING
GUN: M30 LUFTWAFFE DRILLING
MANUFACTURER: J.P. SAUER & SOHN
CHAMBERING: 12 GAUGE/9.3X74 MM R
MANUFACTURED: C. 1941-1942
CONDITION: NRA EXCELLENT (MODERN GUN STANDARDS)
VALUE: $22,000

A beautifully finished walnut stock
featured checkering at the wrist, foreend and cheekpiece. Weight was
7 lbs., 8 ozs., and overall length a
well-balanced 42".
The M30 broke like a top-lever
shotgun and employed a Greener-style
crossbolt. It had two triggers. To fire
the rifle barrel, one pushed forward
on a tang-mounted selector switch.
This automatically raised a 100-meter
rear sight notch. The forward singleset trigger fired the rifle barrel and
the rear trigger the left shotgun
barrel, which was intended primarily
for Brenneke slugs. By returning the
selector to its rearward position, the
right shotgun barrel could then be
discharged with the front trigger. A
safety switch was mounted on the left
side of the stock behind the receiver.
As well as the Sauer & Sohn markings and proofmarks, the drilling had
Luftwaffe eagle insignias stamped in
the stock and on the barrels.
Of course, one couldn't expect such
an elegant arm to just be casually
tossed inside a cockpit or cargo area

unprotected. Accordingly, the M30
could be broken down and fitted into
a green-painted aluminum transit case
stenciled on its lid, "DRILLING M30 MIT
MUNITION U ZUBEHÖR" (Drilling M30
with Ammunition and Accessories). The
ammunition consisted of one 20-round
box of 9.3x74 mm R cartridges, 20
12-ga. Brenneke slugs and a 25-round
carton of 12-ga. shotshells. Accessories
included a cleaning kit contained within
a cardboard carton, a 32-page instruction
manual and a sling.
Originally, some 4,000 M30s were
ordered from Sauer & Sohn, but
apparently only 2,456 were actually
delivered in 1941 and 1942. As slick
as the M30 was, there are no recorded
instances of one having been used in
its intended survival mode.
The highly desirable M30 shown
here, courtesy of Sportsman's Legacy
of Kalispell, Mont., is in superb condition and has its original aluminum
case and all appurtenances, save the
ammunition. As such, it's worth a
solid $22,000.
-GARRY JAMES

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JULY 2017

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

Photos by Jill Marlow;
gun courtesy of Sportsman's Legacy



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