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FMF Squid
01-11-2013, 4:03 PM
Looking for someone in the San Diego area to rehab this. This has been in the family a couple of generations, as you can tell it's a little beat up. The last thing I want to do is mess it up.

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highpower
01-11-2013, 4:47 PM
Anything you do to it except carefully clean and lube it will lower the value. Collectors of high end guns like Lugers place a very high value on originality. A careless cleaning that removes the finish will hurt the value, a refinish will destroy it.

Actually, it looks to be in very good original condition, if it was mine I would gently clean and lube it and put it away in humidity controlled environment. DON'T store it in the holster.

ScottB
01-11-2013, 4:56 PM
You have a real treasure. DO NOT do anything but gently care for it or you'll ruin it. It is in great shape for its age. It is one of the more valuable Lugers there is - I have seen these go for $5,000 or more.

My dad had one when I was kid and I'd give my left one to have it now. The holster is very valuable as well. Find someone who knows how to professionally conserve it so it does not deteriorate further.

kurac
01-11-2013, 6:10 PM
If you don't want to "mess it up" then you will want to leave it as is. If the magazine matches the rest of the package you have a real daisy there.

1-M-42
01-11-2013, 6:33 PM
Luger carbine. Coolest set up ever designed!

Simply115
01-11-2013, 6:52 PM
Clean it gently, lube it well. That's in great condition. Do you have a case with it?

ccandgc
01-11-2013, 7:18 PM
Leave it as is! It has generations of your family's dents and dings on it! It's a beauty!

Jeff L
01-11-2013, 8:31 PM
Clean it with a wire wheel!!!! :D Not!
Do no harm. That's a neat piece.

pitfighter
01-11-2013, 8:34 PM
Phenomenally good looking set-up! - and the wear is in keeping with the age - my choice would be to leave it, even the little scratches are older and part of it's character, now.

Thanks for sharing the pictures, keep it safely close to, but not touching or inside the leather, as you already know, I am sure.

Pit.

TRAP55
01-11-2013, 8:41 PM
Anything you do to it except carefully clean and lube it will lower the value. Collectors of high end guns like Lugers place a very high value on originality. A careless cleaning that removes the finish will hurt the value, a refinish will destroy it.

Actually, it looks to be in very good original condition, if it was mine I would gently clean and lube it and put it away in humidity controlled environment. DON'T store it in the holster.
^^^ That's the best advice right there. Very good original condition, and you want to keep it that way. I would also hoist a glass of very fine scotch in memory of whoever left that to you!:)

ScottB
01-11-2013, 8:42 PM
Just a question: Is it a 7.65mm or 9mm?

FMF Squid
01-11-2013, 9:26 PM
Thank you all for the feedback!
@simply115: no case, just the leather holster. @ScottB: no idea.
I took some more pics so I'll be posting them soon.

backstrap
01-11-2013, 9:37 PM
When people say clean it, they mean do not use chemicals. Do not clean the wood. Hot soapy water on metal if it needs it. Do not leave that with any gun smiths. That's a museum piece and if you found a local firearms museum I bet they would love to show you how to preserve it. Thanks for showing it.

mls343
01-11-2013, 9:41 PM
Clean, lube, and enjoy. Do not do anything else. Please.

Thanks for sharing!

FMF Squid
01-12-2013, 12:32 PM
Couple more pics.
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ScottB
01-12-2013, 12:39 PM
Sweet. I'm betting that is a 7.65mm because of the year. If so, IIRC, there were only about 2,500 made and its worth a bundle.

It's also in much better shape than you realize. Once you have cleaned and oiled, I would only handle it sparingly, preferrably with white cotton gloves (seriously). I would shoot it very little if at all.

Here is a link to the one in the National Firearms Museum:

http://www.nramuseum.org/the-museum/the-galleries/an-age-of-elegance/case-50-an-age-of-elegance-1/dwm-model-1902-luger-semi-automatic-carbine.aspx

Anubis Laughed
01-12-2013, 3:16 PM
It's a rare, beautiful, and very valuable piece, as stated many times above, DO NOT mess with it!!! Any rework or reblue will seriously devalue it.

Also, Jan Still's Luger Forum is an excellent place to start if you want to learn more about your pistol-carbine..
http://luger.gunboards.com/forum.php

Jeff L
01-12-2013, 3:32 PM
Here is a Google search. There was one at auction, but doesn't show the realized price. I'm guessing low 5 digits based on condition.

http://www.google.com/search?q=luger+1902+carbine&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

Jeff L
01-12-2013, 3:32 PM
Here is a Google search. There was one at auction, but doesn't show the realized price. I'm guessing low 5 digits based on condition.

http://www.google.com/search?q=luger+1902+carbine&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

morrcarr67
01-13-2013, 12:41 PM
I can't believe all those people telling you lies.

That thing is a POS and I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for this worthless Luger Carbine today. :43:



What a great piece of history. I truly am very green with envy right now. Thank you for sharing.