M30 Luftwaffe drilling

The M30 Luftwaffe drilling ("triple") was a survival weapon issued to Luftwaffe pilots during World War II. It was primarily issued to airmen operating in North Africa. The M30 was intended to be used for hunting and self-defense against natural predators.

M30 Luftwaffe Drilling[1]
TypeCombination rifle/shotgun
Place of originNazi Germany
Service history
WarsWorld War II
Production history
ManufacturerSauer & Sohn
No. built2,456
Mass7.5 pounds
Barrel length25.625"

Cartridge9.3x74mmR, 12 Gauge[2]
ActionBlitz lock system
Feed systemManually loaded

For maximum versatility the M30 featured two 12 gauge shotgun barrels on top and a 9.3x74mmR rifle barrel below. The left-hand barrel was left unchoked for shooting slugs and the right barrel was choked for shot-shells. They were manufactured by the German firm JP Sauer.

See also


  1. Kokalis, Peter (May 10, 2009). "Luftwaffe Drilling". Shotgun News. pp. 26–30.
  2. Fjestad, S.P. (2009). Blue Book of Gun Values 2009. Blue Book Publications. p. 1318. ISBN 1-886768-87-0.
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