My reason for this question...my newest play thing:
Picked this up on Gun Broker a couple of weeks ago. This has been my Holy Grail, to get a German Luger, wanted one ever since I was a kid and the plastic one I had melted in the rear windshield of my dad's Buick.
Nothing special about it, I wanted a shooter, not an expensive pistol to be put up and never seen. Got it for 1/2 what a typical luger goes for.
It's a police luger, the tell is the sear safety visible just above the flat, square side plate. Apparently the police had a habit of taking the things apart while loaded, then pressing on the sear, go figure. I guess the regular soldiers knew better LOL!
Here's the GB writeup:
Fine condition WWII German Luger in 9mm that was made by Mauser and is coded "42" on the toggle with a "42" date on the chamber for 1942. Pistol is a renumbered matching import that shows likely police use with a sear safety. Gun is import marked under the barrel but does not seem to be a Russian Capture. Action is smooth and functions fine. Bore is bright with strong rifling and gun will make a fine shooter or for use by a reenactor. Metal finish is a full reblue with some handling wear. Checkered walnut grips have a good fit and no cracks or chips. Magazine is modern production and fits and functions fine. Tough to find a reasonable priced Luger these days that will work as an entry level collectable, for use at the range or for a carry and display gun for a reenactor.
The folks on the Luger forum have all said good things about it so I'm comfortable I got my $$$ worth. Picked up 2 Mec-Gar mags so now I have 3.
Easy to take down for cleaning. I was going to take it to a gunsmith but what would a gunsmith do other than a visual inspection? I feel confident I can do a thorough inspection myself. I've run snap caps thru it and it functioned like it should. It was suggested to put an empty mag in, pull the toggle back, drop the mag and insert another with 1 round in it and fire. If it works then repeat but loading 3 rnds. If they fire without problems then load the 8rnds in the mag and have a go.
Can't wait to shoot it. Not going to shoot it a lot but it will definitely be shot.
Now I want another one...IF the price is right.