Something I noticed on online gun auction sites....


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woad_yurt
September 29, 2007, 10:36 PM
Did you ever notice that, no matter what type of German military pistol is for sale, the seller always says "This is a fine example of a Mauser/Walther/Luger/FN/Sauer/CZ/whatever pistol. These pistols were favored by the Nazi German Officer Corps." I had no idea that every make and model of handgun that they had access to was favored by the Nazi German Officer Corps. The Nazi German Officer Corps were an agreeable bunch, it seems.

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Hoppy590
September 29, 2007, 10:43 PM
and any new pistol is the "weapon of choice for the Navy Seals/LAPD/re animated corpse of Chesty Puller" ( i keep using that chesty puller bit.)

usp9
September 30, 2007, 09:24 AM
Sells better than saying "This crap was stamped out by starving concentration camp internees and no German officer trusted them". Just doesn't roll off the tongue as well.

Floppy_D
September 30, 2007, 09:32 AM
On the contrary, I might bid then. :D

BlkHawk73
September 30, 2007, 11:20 AM
No differnt than waht Hoppy stated. It's all marketing. If it can make someone think it's a fantastci gun becuase some dingbat in a uniform used it it must be a reat gun.
Look at anything current. Plain jane it's crap, mark the same gun "tactical" and it's the greatest thing made. Sprinfield markests their "SOCOM" rifle and it's not even used by that group. It's marketing hype to make something seem better than it actually is.
Buy into it or not.

chipperi
September 30, 2007, 06:23 PM
My pet peive with auctions is that reserve BS...just start the bidding at whatever is the least you'll take for it! Personally when I search I enter the make/model as the keyword, select sort from lowest to highest price, and check the little box that says "exclude reserve auctions."

Hoppy590
October 1, 2007, 02:04 AM
online auctions are realy based around PT Barnums ( alleged) famous words "There's a sucker born every minute"

vit
October 1, 2007, 03:57 PM
Auction sites are the new crack.

sig226
October 3, 2007, 10:44 PM
Keep in mind that the Germans had a huge army and took over most of Europe. They used mostly their own long arms, but they took from anyone who had something they wanted. The Luger was still a prize, but it was widely regarded as finicky, and it was expensive. The P-38 being the standard sidearm, they also issued Browning Hi Powers, Walther PPs, Walther PPKs, and CZ handguns. I think they also used some French stuff

We did not exclusively issue the 1911A1 during the war. Various security details stateside had .38 Special revolvers and officers got Colt 1903s. We were better at standardizing the weapons used by the military, but we had numerous contractors making the same guns, rather than numerous contractors making their own models.

Exmasonite
October 4, 2007, 08:37 AM
Sorry, the LAST thing i ever want to see on a website i visit:

"The Nazi German Officer Corps were an agreeable bunch, it seems."

let's just put this one to bed.

Hoppy590
October 4, 2007, 02:06 PM
exmasonite...i think that line went over youre head. also it would have been 10 hours closer to bed had you not posted. if you dont like a topic. dont post in it.

speaking of bed. i need some... all work and no sleep make hoppy... something something....

aka108
October 5, 2007, 08:19 PM
Funny how all the old "bring back" guns were always taken from a German officer. Never seen one that was taken from a German enlisted man.

elkhuntingfool
October 5, 2007, 10:00 PM
Funny how all the old "bring back" guns were always taken from a German officer. Never seen one that was taken from a German enlisted man.

It's because the enlisted man would have never given up his firearm as quickly as the German officer did. :D

gandog56
October 6, 2007, 09:17 PM
Funny how all the old "bring back" guns were always taken from a German officer. Never seen one that was taken from a German enlisted man.

That or they didn't trust enlisted men with pistols. I believe only non-coms could have them.

sig226
October 8, 2007, 10:38 PM
Most soldiers, even now, are not issued sidearms. In World War II, the Germans looked for things that would distinguish an officer, like an M1 Carbine rifle, or a pistol. They shot that guy first. Not certain if this worked the other way, but it stands to reason.

sig226
October 8, 2007, 10:51 PM
Most soldiers, even now, are not issued sidearms. In World War II, the Germans looked for things that would distinguish an officer, like an M1 Carbine rifle, or a pistol. They shot that guy first. Not certain if this worked the other way, but it stands to reason.

lathedog
October 12, 2007, 03:06 PM
Certain pistols were typical to certain branches, such as most of the Browning Hi-Powers made during occupation went to the Waffen-SS. Also Radom's, IIRC. I believe most of the Sauer 38's went to the Luftwaffe. I forget most of the associations, but I am 99% on the HP-35/SS tie in.

Part of this was due to the acquisition/purchasing system, where every service did their own thing. The Wehrmacht locked the other guys out to some degree so they hopped on the "acquired" factories in occupied nations, or developed their own weapons for specialty use like the LW with the FjG-42.

however, I think the sellers may not know a lot of this type of info.

Dain Bramage
October 12, 2007, 03:32 PM
The reanimated corpse of Chesty Puller is obviously a Glock man. They don't shuffle along and crave brains because of their good taste.

"Good night Chesty, wherever you are"
"Who the hell is Chesty?"
The Boys in Company C

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