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The M30 Luftwaffe Drilling ("Drilling" meaning "triplet") was a Drilling-type Combination gun produced by JP Sauer & Sohn, notable for seeing military use by the German Luftwaffe in World War II, who issued it as a survival weapon to Luftwaffe air crews, primarily during the North African campaign. It had powerful 9.3x74mmR cartridge, ballistically similar to .375 Flanged Nitro Express, was best suited for sub-Saharan African plains hunting, even though it was mostly issued to pilots flying over North Africa, where fauna was far less lethal. Various reasons have been provided for this gratuitous cartridge, one of which being a mistaken assumption that there were big cats in the region where these firearms would be used. Another reason given is Hermann Goering's personal fondness for hunting, especially for luxurious rifles.
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