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t0kie
12-01-2010, 11:43 AM
I just picked up my 1940 Luger P-08 9mm. Everything is matching, except the magazine & grips. Bore is good & has Nazi logo stamped on the barrel, some finish wear on the surface.

Def. is nice to have C&R & COE combo (no 10 days waiting for C&R handgun :D).

Special thanks to zinfull that found this & PM me the ad info.

Now, some shots:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/DSCN5886.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/DSCN5892.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/DSCN5887.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/DSCN5893.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/DSCN5903.jpg
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Dr.Mauser
12-01-2010, 2:37 PM
OMG amazing pistol!!!!

t0kie
12-01-2010, 2:52 PM
OMG amazing pistol!!!!

Thanks :), by the way did you find a Carbine yet?
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zinfull
12-01-2010, 4:21 PM
I am glad everything worked out for you. That is a nice piece of history and you can shoot it. Be sure to wear head gear as the round ejects up and straight back. I use WWB ammo and do not have many problems.

jerry

t0kie
12-01-2010, 4:55 PM
I am glad everything worked out for you. That is a nice piece of history and you can shoot it. Be sure to wear head gear as the round ejects up and straight back. I use WWB ammo and do not have many problems.

jerry

Thanks for the advise Jerry.
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VegasND
12-01-2010, 8:47 PM
Very nice pistol -- congratulations!

ojisan
12-01-2010, 9:00 PM
Gotta get me a Luger like that someday.
:thumbsup:

t0kie
12-01-2010, 9:14 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys, can't wait to shoot it :)
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mj1
12-02-2010, 10:55 AM
Sweet, Wolff Springs makes a kit for the P08 that helps a lot but leave the outside the way it is.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/3cb8e64f.jpg

I found an E. German VOLPO set

t0kie
12-02-2010, 11:32 AM
^^ Very nice! Btw, where did you get the Wolf Spring Kit?
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eijjie33
12-02-2010, 12:19 PM
nice....hoping someday i might get me one too..

mj1
12-02-2010, 2:53 PM
www.gunsprings.com

They even have magazine springs for the P08 and that is important.

t0kie
12-02-2010, 3:22 PM
www.gunsprings.com

They even have magazine springs for the P08 and that is important.

Got it, thanks. Btw, which one do you use for regular WWB FMJ ammo, the 36,38 or 40?
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zinfull
12-02-2010, 3:23 PM
Do your self a favor and do not try to replace the mag springs. There is a guy that does this type of work and has very good prices. His work is very professional. This is a job that can make a old mag new. A normal person will mess it up and lose the value of the mag. A nice mag goes for $125-150.

jerry

t0kie
12-02-2010, 3:28 PM
Thanks Jerry, I'm not gonna do that, just checking with the recoil spring.
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mj1
12-03-2010, 2:00 PM
Maybe Jerry lacks the skill? It's just a pin and I have replaced a few but then that is just me.

Or I can let him a bigger hammer, LOL.

Pura Vida

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/114a9b7e.jpg

zinfull
12-03-2010, 2:47 PM
Yes it is a pin. If you do an OK job the mag will work. But you can make the mag into a $50 mag or a $150 mag. Your choice. The reworked right mag lost it's collector value by a bad job.

jerry

mj1
12-03-2010, 6:07 PM
Boy if that's the best you can do then you should pay a plumber, LOL.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/e22d63e2.jpg

morrcarr67
12-03-2010, 6:49 PM
Wow! Very nice find. Maybe some day I can find one too. Have fun shooting it.

zinfull
12-03-2010, 8:39 PM
I do call a plumber for somethings. :mnl: I can fix most anything as long a I can cover it in paint or hide it from sight. I think my smallest hammer is a 2.5# sludge. :p The bad mag came with a pistol I picked up years ago. Mecgar are liked by some but I like the original mags.

jerry

t0kie
12-03-2010, 9:51 PM
Wow! Very nice find. Maybe some day I can find one too. Have fun shooting it.

Thanks, go to Luger forum & you will find one for sure :)
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mj1
12-04-2010, 7:06 AM
I do call a plumber for somethings. :mnl: I can fix most anything as long a I can cover it in paint or hide it from sight. I think my smallest hammer is a 2.5# sludge. :p The bad mag came with a pistol I picked up years ago. Mecgar are liked by some but I like the original mags.

jerry

3 lb sledge that's me. LOL

I got six original magazines from SOG and replaced all the springs. MEGAR are OK but still need a stronger spring, it's the feed angle that doen't like a weak springs.

Pura Vida

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/95df57c9.jpg

sd_shooter
12-04-2010, 7:42 AM
Sweet, Wolff Springs makes a kit for the P08 that helps a lot but leave the outside the way it is.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/3cb8e64f.jpg

I found an E. German VOLPO set

A luger might well be the most beautiful (e-vil) pistol ever made! Kind of like the Colt Pyton in a revolver or the AK in a rifle. :43:

jaq
12-08-2010, 7:48 AM
I just picked up my 1940 Luger P-08 9mm. Everything is matching, except the magazine & grips. Bore is good & has Nazi logo stamped on the barrel, some finish wear on the surface.

Def. is nice to have C&R & COE combo (no 10 days waiting for C&R handgun :D).

Special thanks to zinfull that found this & PM me the ad info.
...

Congrats on a nice weapon. It looks familiar. Here's mine:

http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee465/glenizen/Luger_1.jpg
http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee465/glenizen/Luger_2.jpg
http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee465/glenizen/Luger_3.jpg
http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee465/glenizen/Luger_4.jpg

Mine is all matching also, except for the magazine. Be careful when you shoot yours. The firing pins get brittle and will break. Then a nice collector becomes merely a nice shooter. I have started acquiring the parts that most commonly fail so that I can replace my original parts when I take it out to shoot. If you haven't already, check out the lugerforum for some excellent info.

Cheers!

t0kie
12-08-2010, 8:44 AM
Wow, we have the same 1940/42 Luger, but yours is nicer than mine (grips & finish are in better conditions).
I shot 50 rounds last weekend & got few FTF (as expected) since I just use regular American Eagle 110gr FMJ, but overall it's OK considering it's a 70 years old gun. One thing: it's so hard to load the magazine using just my thumb to hold the knob, I think I'm gonna get the tool for it.
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jaq
12-08-2010, 11:13 AM
Wow, we have the same 1940/42 Luger, but yours is nicer than mine (grips & finish are in better conditions).
I shot 50 rounds last weekend & got few FTF (as expected) since I just use regular American Eagle 110gr FMJ, but overall it's OK considering it's a 70 years old gun. One thing: it's so hard to load the magazine using just my thumb to hold the knob, I think I'm gonna get the tool for it.

Yeah, it's wild isn't it? I wonder how far apart on the production line they were? And what kind of journeys they took before arriving here?

I thought yours looked pretty nice. What's wrong with the grips? I can't really tell from the pix.

The FTF problem is probably magazine related. Like earlier posters said, a mag rebuild (stronger springs) is probably a good idea if it is a recurring problem.

Definitely get the tool for it. I bought one from CDNN for just a few dollars. CDNN also had a Mecgar mag that I picked up so that I could have a spare.

Cheers

t0kie
12-08-2010, 5:50 PM
I just bought the tool from eBay for $12 shipped & will def. check out for spare mag. Yeah it was amazing to imagine the journey of these pistols before, and that was the reason I bought it too, "the sentimental history value"
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jaq
12-08-2010, 8:12 PM
I just bought the tool from eBay for $12 shipped & will def. check out for spare mag. Yeah it was amazing to imagine the journey of these pistols before, and that was the reason I bought it too, "the sentimental history value"

Good, you'll be glad you got the tool. And your thumb will thank you :D

Beyond sentimentality, I'm sure you are familiar with the epic thread, "Info on Marine who owned my S&W 1917" (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=150941&highlight=orville). Sometimes history almost comes to life when the dots are connected :)

t0kie
12-09-2010, 8:50 AM
^^ Yup, it's amazing isn't it?
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mj1
12-09-2010, 8:54 AM
1937 S/42

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/f6585271.jpg

t0kie
12-09-2010, 10:07 AM
You have nice collections mj1!
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mj1
12-09-2010, 8:46 PM
Thank you I think?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/18b8ddf2.jpg

t0kie
12-09-2010, 11:30 PM
^^That's also a nice collection of NVA/VC gear. Did you bring them back after your service there?
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mj1
12-10-2010, 8:59 AM
I brought back my boots, dog tags and field jacket and not much more. All my personnel gear was destroyed in May '68.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/5a31bb3a.jpg

t0kie
12-10-2010, 11:12 AM
I like the grips on the second Luger of yours. Is it original or repro? If it's a repro, would you mind to share where did you get it?
By the way, thank you for your service!
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mj1
12-10-2010, 11:59 AM
Came on it but I'm sure they are copies because the first time I saw the the gun it had clear plastic stocks the owner wated t keep.

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01-13-2011, 8:41 AM
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BHP FAN
01-13-2011, 8:42 AM
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they make some of the best looking grips I've ever seen, for prices you really won't believe. Check out my Ballester Molina's grips in the C&R Gallery thread.

t0kie
01-13-2011, 9:31 PM
Thanks for the info BHP Fan.
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t0kie
02-03-2011, 11:01 AM
Got my grips as suggested by BHP FAN (thanks).

Here are some new shots:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/IMG_6746.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/IMG_6730.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/IMG_6731a.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/P-08/IMG_6741.jpg
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ElvinWarrior
02-04-2011, 5:14 AM
Hey Tokie !!!

GREAT Gun Dude !!! A real WoWser !!!

When I was a small boy, my dad had a pistol exactly like that !!! Who knows, you may have my dad's old gun !!! My Dad served at Pearl Harbor during WWII, but that is not where he picked up the gun. He picked it up after the war, when he came home to his family, at that time american thrift stores, gun shops, et all, were flooded with Japanese and German surplus items like these, they could be had for just a few dollars, way back in the day.

I was about 6 or 7 I think when he picked it up, he let me hold it, showed me how to cock it, which, for a small boy was difficult to do, its cocking springs are pretty hefty and stiff. He told me, when I was old enough, he would give me that pistol for my own... Boy, I dreamed about that pistol for WEEKS after!!!

Unfortunately, my dad died very suddly when I was 14, and the family was devastated by his sudden death. By the time I remembered his old promise to me, and asked my mom about that old Luger dad had, she had told me, that the family had sold off all of his gun collection, and, all of his tool and die maker tools he had. (My Dad was a master tool and die maker machinist, he had thousands and thousands of dollars invested in his machine tools) They had done this to pay off his medical bills and final expenses.

Boy was I ANGRY !!! I felt I had been ROBBED of my ONE inheritance from my late Dad... I don't think I got over that for about a year or so.

But it's all water under the bridge now...

The reason I brought all this old stuff up was... You had mentioned something about, "The Journey the gun had traveled to get to the here and now..."...

Well, here is one story, about one gun, and who knows, it may be that one...

Please treasure your find, and if, by chance, you tell your son it will one day be his, write that down, let the family know, little things like that mean alot to a boy growing up.

Sincerely,

Elvin Warrior... aka... Dave

t0kie
02-04-2011, 6:09 AM
Hi Dave, thanks for sharing. I remember when I was 11, my dad promised me that he would buy me an air rifle for my 12th b'day but it didn't happen because of my mom disagree with it (like you, I was dissappointed at that time too).
My son little over a year now, but I mentioned it many times to him (although he won't get it now) & my wife that someday all of mine will be his too.
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ElvinWarrior
02-04-2011, 7:57 AM
Hey T0kie !!!

I didn't intend to get all meloncholy on you... It was just an example, of the kinds of personal histories that surround old historical guns, sons and fathers, and such like that.

Life is often bittersweet at times, a mixture of fond memories, intermixed with lifes trials and tribulations. There is no need for sadness, all that unfolds in life is a lesson, our lives, and our fates are in God's hands, there is no better place to be.

Take care young man, I am sure your son will be all grown up, home, career, family, and well into his middle aged years long before his promised inheritance ever comes close to being fullfilled. :Pirate:

Elvin Warrior... aka... Dave

t0kie
02-04-2011, 8:16 AM
No, I didn't think that way & totally got your point, thank you.
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