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Need Opinions: Colt 1911 or Luger?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by hotajax, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. hotajax

    hotajax member

    I got a box of guns today. Old guns that sat in a closet for years. They came from a deceased relative. I was promised two guns of my choice, the rest to be sold off at auction for settling the estate. I already kept a nice shotgun, which could go to auction, so now I am down to choosing between two classics.

    1. Colt Model 1911 US Army, serial number 59xxx, manufactured by Colt in Hartford, Ct. No rust, bluing well worn, mostly holster wear along the top of the slide. Fully functional. A few nicks in the wood grips.

    2. Luger, made by Mauwerwerk. Looks like a an enlisted model, no markings of the German army. 75% bluing, no rust. Has a letter stamped into the wood grip. Like everything from Mauser, the action is silky smooth. However, serial on frame does NOT match the serial on the barrel

    Which, in your opinion, should I keep? The guns came from an in-law, not a blood relative, so I have no "rights" in this issue. One of them has to go unless I can work out a settlement with the estate. Ideas gentlemen? Thank you.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  2. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    Mauwerwerk...sounds like a chinese knock off. ;)

    I'd take the Luger every time
  3. unspellable

    unspellable Well-Known Member


    As for the 1911, that's outside my bailiwick do I can offer no opinion.

    Need much more info on the Luger. If it's vintage and not military issue it would be a mauser commercial and there is potential for it to be worth a tidy sum. A decent military issue isn't all that cheap these days.

    Go to the Pistole Parabellum forum with a complete discrition and photos, that's where the Luger gurus reside. Thay can give some very good advice.
  4. BigShep85

    BigShep85 Well-Known Member

    My opinion?

    I would
    To have a
    Cool old Colt like that......probably more so than the luger
    Piece of american history or piece of german history?
    Definately american

    BADUNAME2 Well-Known Member

    The Luger is likely worth more money. OTOH, I've had a bunch of 1911s and one Luger. I still have 1911s, but sold the Luger. Not my cup of tea.

    To be cynical about it, were it me, I'd find out which was worth more, and if it were the Luger, sell it and get a nicer 1911. :evil:
  6. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    If it is a matter of value, either could be high priced, but an evaluation will require good, clear pictures, both sides, and markings. On the Luger, can you get photos of the non-matching numbers?

  7. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    With that serial number the Colt was probably made in 1913, just prior to the start of WWI. If it were up to me and I could have only one, I would go with the Colt M1911.
  8. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Mismatched Luger vs. Colt? I'd take the Colt if the finish is original. The Luger mis-match is worth a grand, the Colt maybe 2x that or more.
  9. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    They're free and you're wondering which ones to keep? Keep them all ... at least for now. Get them all assessed as to condition, worth, function and such. They don't have to be fed much and are used to sitting in the dark.

    You hear stories of some high value item sitting in an old barn or something for decades and then sold for next to nothing.
  10. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // I agree with keeping the, early serial number, Colt. Much harder to replace IMHO.
  11. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // Hotajax,,,Just curious,,, what type of shotgun caught your eye before the Colt or Luger?
  12. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    Keep both and return the shotgun. Indeed - what is this shotgun?

    I vote 1911.
  13. rgwalt

    rgwalt Well-Known Member

    I would agree. Unless the shot gun holds some sentimental value for you, or is a really nice high end gun (Beretta, Browning, Kriegoff, etc) I would keep both pistols and let the shotgun go.
  14. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member


  15. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member

    Americana at its best-----Keep the Colt
  16. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Yeah, lose the shotgun and keep the Luger and 1911. I can't recommend either without some pics.
  17. hotajax

    hotajax member

    The Shotgun I'm Keeping Is

    a Winchester Model 42. It's the scaled-down version of Model 12, except in 410. There are many reasons to hang on to the M42. They bring in a minimum of $1500 for the basic field model, it's in NRA Excellent condition, and most importantly, I like 410's. If it comes down to the M42 or the Luger, the Luger goes. BTW, at this point, not sure if it is a "mismatch". On another forum, I saw where some other guys were claiming their barrel number didn't match the receiver number. I just don't know, but maybe they were assembled at the factory that way? It certainly requires further research. At the worst, I'll learn something about Lugers, right? Thanks for all the comments. I like the classic piece of Americana, the Colt.
  18. iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns

    iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns Well-Known Member

    I too vote the Colt (by far)

    Pics please :D
  19. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    I'd go with the Colt!
  20. il_10

    il_10 Well-Known Member

    Whatever you decide, go to the auction. You may get a good deal on whatever you left out!

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