German Luger ?


Doug Kennedy
November 25, 2007, 03:41 PM
Anyone have and info on where I can look to see the value of a German Luger that I have? Thanks for any help

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November 25, 2007, 03:45 PM
Hey Neighbor. :)

I've had good luck here:

There are some good reference books available too but the best one's are fairly expensive. My brother just got a Krieghoff war capture (with all the papers) from his father-in-law.

Have a good one,

November 25, 2007, 04:13 PM
The Luger Forum ( has some of the foremost luger men in the world prowling it's pages.

The problem with a Luger is value is based on all matching serials over about 26 individual parts, the amount of strawing left, and then the gun's condition. Take some high resolution digital photos and place them on photobucket or a similar site, and go pop up a post. They can at least give you information if they can't give you the value.

Doug Kennedy
November 25, 2007, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the great help. I'll have lots of reading to do. I would like to sell it to finance other projects.

November 25, 2007, 04:35 PM
There are lots of parts, not all externally visible that must match for a Luger to be considered "all matching". From the Gunboards Luger forum FAQ:

20) What parts must be numbered on a Luger?

The following parts should have serial numbers on them:

Frame, full serial number with suffix

Under barrel, full serial number with or without suffix

Left side of the receiver, full serial number without suffix.

All the following parts should have the last two numerals stamped on them:

Firing pin
Sear bar
Front toggle link
Rear toggle link
Locking bolt (takedown lever)
Side plate (with a few exceptions through the years, see comments on side plate)
Safety lever
Safety bar
Hold-open latch
Grips (inside)

Note, that the rear toggle pin was not serial-numbered until 1932.
There were two "styles" of serial number marking, Commercial style and Military style. In commercial style some of the numbers, notably the side-plate and locking bolt, were stamped underneath in a way which did not affect the surface look of the gun--military serial numbers were stamped on the visible surfaces. If your mismatched parts are stamped highly visibly they likely come from military guns.

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