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dogfood
11-01-2011, 4:17 PM
hello,
im finally in a position where i can buy a luger. as it stands i could pony up about $900 after factoring in FFL fee and shipping.
from what i can tell i am in the range of WW1, commercial production and either russian capture or just fair condition WW2 types.
i understand that this is a broad question, but, all things being equal, which type is the best? i want to be able to shoot it but i would like for it to have historical value as well if possible.
thanks for you input
-dgfd

DWarner
11-01-2011, 4:21 PM
I'd go original WWII, but, that is just my preference. I have a 1937 S/42 and really like it.

Parabellus
11-01-2011, 4:51 PM
Any vintage Luger (pre WWI thru WWII) has historical significance. In the sub $1000 range you should be able to get a good shooter. If the parts are all mathing and the original finish is good it will likely cost much more and and get shot very little if at all.
My first Luger was a matching 1920 Weimar Police Luger which I shot a fair amount at first but now let it sit in the safe mostly.
For real expert advice go to:

http://forum.lugerforum.com/

and

http://luger.gunboards.com/

Be sure to post pictures when you get yours.

jaq
11-01-2011, 5:01 PM
Any vintage Luger (pre WWI thru WWII) has historical significance. In the sub $1000 range you should be able to get a good shooter. If the parts are all mathing and the original finish is good it will likely cost much more and and get shot very little if at all.
My first Luger was a matching 1920 Weimar Police Luger which I shot a fair amount at first but now let it sit in the safe mostly.
For real expert advice go to:

http://forum.lugerforum.com/

and

http://luger.gunboards.com/

Be sure to post pictures when you get yours.

Better advice can not be had.

Paulie Lugnuts
11-02-2011, 7:05 AM
I bought this one a few monthes ago from a fellow forum member for $700. There are a few small rust spots, but otherwise its nice and shoots well.
http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg135/paulruggeri/Picture077.jpg
The cool thing about it is everybody knows what a Lugar is.

jaq
11-02-2011, 9:51 AM
I bought this one a few monthes ago from a fellow forum member for $700. There are a few small rust spots, but otherwise its nice and shoots well.
...The cool thing about it is everybody knows what a Lugar is.

And many of them even know how to spell Luger :)

Sorry, Paulie. But I just had to bust your lugnuts for that one :chris:

BTW: Nice shooter ;-)

Parabellus
11-02-2011, 10:16 AM
And many of them even know how to spell Luger :)

Sorry, Paulie. But I just had to bust your lugnuts for that one :chris:

BTW: Nice shooter ;-)
Heck of it is that spellcheck flags 'Luger' and tries to get you to change it to 'Lugar'.:confused:

jaq
11-02-2011, 10:29 AM
Heck of it is that spellcheck flags 'Luger' and tries to get you to change it to 'Lugar'.:confused:

What spellcheck are you using?

Parabellus
11-02-2011, 10:51 AM
What spellcheck are you using?
Microsoft (Word and Works) flags 'Luger'
Spellcheck for Yahoo email works correctly though.

billybob_jcv
11-02-2011, 11:10 AM
I just saw some WWI & WWII Lugers for sale at Rguns.
http://www.rguns.net/pistols/semi-auto-pistols-other.shtml

Unfortunatley, they are non-matching.

Paulie Lugnuts
11-02-2011, 11:21 AM
And many of them even know how to spell Luger :)

Sorry, Paulie. But I just had to bust your lugnuts for that one :chris:

BTW: Nice shooter ;-)

:facepalm: I need to stop using spill czech :)

Levetti
11-02-2011, 11:49 AM
Make sure it has matching numbers for sure. Also if you can find one with unit markings on the front grip strap you can usually find some really cool history about the pistol (everybody loves a good story).

dogfood
11-02-2011, 1:46 PM
OP here,
thanks for all the input. i decided on a fair-good 1937 S/42, as WWII is my primary area of interest.
it's a CAI import but looks untouched-up (side plate is the only non-matching part). i know that it not being reblued and such doesn't necessarily mean that it is not a RC but were there ever other countries that had lugers imported to the states en masse?