Stoeger 9MM American Eagle Lugers


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Drakejake
June 17, 2004, 11:28 PM
I have read that these look great but have horrible triggers and fall apart rapidly from firing. Another review said it was very accurate. Are these stainless imitation Lugers any good as functioning handguns?

Thanks,

Drakejake

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Josey
June 17, 2004, 11:48 PM
They are fine. You don't have to worry. They are NOT rara avis collector pieces either. Stoeger was only a distributor, not the manufacturer. I don't have the URL but, a shop in Texas still custom produces them.

Wildalaska
June 18, 2004, 12:52 AM
Rumour has it they are gonna do a 45...

Its Luger time again!

WildtoggleAlaska

blfuller
June 18, 2004, 03:49 PM
I like mine, it's a 6" navy model. It functions best with the heavy 9mm bullets and is quite accurate. My only complaint was that the checkering on the toggle, take down lever and mag release is a cast reversed checkering, so I got out my trusty checkering file and fixed it. It looks much better now, IMHO.
http://www.icehouse.net/blfuller/sspo8.jpg

http://www.icehouse.net/blfuller/ssp081.jpg

Drakejake
June 18, 2004, 04:03 PM
Looks great. Thanks. But does it have a nice trigger, does it seem to be well built and durable, is it jam-free?

Thanks,

Drakejake

Wildalaska
June 18, 2004, 04:21 PM
Nice work, Im impressed!

WildyerhiredAlaska

blfuller
June 18, 2004, 05:05 PM
Thanks Wild...

Drakejake,
The trigger isn't horrible, to me anyway, it's not a 2lb match trigger. It does seem to be nicely built except for the things I changed. The only problem I have had with jamming is the use of the light 9mm bullets. Lugers are known for needing a hot round for reliable operation.

Drakejake
June 18, 2004, 05:18 PM
Tell me about the sharp leather goods you show in your photos.

Thanks,

Drakejeka

Jim K
June 18, 2004, 05:51 PM
The Luger trigger is, at best, poor. I don't know about the current ones, but the whole system does not lend itself to producing a really good pull, no matter what is done.

Again, I don't know about the current Texas crop, but I have never had a Luger I felt I could fully trust in the defense role. The only one I have had that was fairly reliable was a 7.65mm "1920 Commercial". Most 9mm's are iffy even with proper ammo.

I know some will have other experiences or say that the guns were OK in German service. But I have fired Lugers that were almost brand new, with matching magazines and German service ammo, and have had jams. So I will stick with saying that as collector items (original guns) or novelties (new ones), they are fine, and I recommend them. But for a defense gun, buy something else.

Jim

blfuller
June 18, 2004, 05:58 PM
Drakejake,
Bought it from CMR a maker over in England. It is a navy rig, this originally attaches to a shoulder stock. This was the higest quality holster I could find for $75. Got it fairly quickly too. The stoeger fits tightly because it is slightly larger than an original.

Go HERE for CMR (http://www.cmrfirearms.free-online.co.uk/US%20Disk%20Internet%20Catalogue/N3.htm)

Drakejake
June 18, 2004, 06:17 PM
The Luger Trigger--

I have a WWII Luger with some replaced parts. The trigger is excellent and the accuracy is fine, although I tend to shoot a bit high. My Luger has been reliable except for a couple of problems which may have been related to a particular mag. I assume that the Stoeger repros may be quite different from the original pistols.

Drakejake

Wildalaska
June 18, 2004, 06:18 PM
How bad did they hit ya for shipping they got some nice Broomie stuff

WildspendingmoneyAlaska

Wil Terry
June 18, 2004, 06:51 PM
Discussion here but I had one of these USA made stainless steel LUGER pistols with MITCHELL ARMS markings on it. It was a piece of crap!!!!
About 75 rounds so battered the innards as to render the pistol hors de combat, as it were. The parts were so soft that the pistol would have required a complete internal rebuild to put it back in firing condition. Mind you, this was done with 75 rounds of commercial 9MM ammunition. So, in the by 'n' by I sent it back to MITCHELL in California from which I have yet to hear a word. It's only been ten years or so now....

Josey
June 18, 2004, 10:54 PM
Include me in the Mitchell rip-off crowd. I think they went under. I know I haven't heard anything from them either.

blfuller
June 18, 2004, 11:24 PM
WildAlaska,
Shipping was very reasonable. I think it was about $15. They accept Visa and MC.

Guys in the Mitchell rip-off crowd,
The manufacturer I believe is/was a place called AIMCO in Texas for both the Mitchell and Stoeger stainless Lugers. They are now called OFM. Here is a link with contact information should you desire to see if they can repair your pistols. Look HERE FOR OFM. (http://gallery.rennlist.com/lugergallery/albun31/2003_07_18_OFM_PriceList) You can also do a search on the Luger forum for additional information on this Luger variation HERE (http://www.lugerforum.com/)

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