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Need Luger help

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CTS1911, May 8, 2012.

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  1. CTS1911

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    I have a Luger in my possession that is for sell. I have a couple of days to look it over. I am no Luger expert. I know that it is DWM, has no markings on the reciever and has an N with a crown over it at several places. I'd rate the gun to be in "Good" condition. It has a 4-digit serial number and a 3.75" barrel. Can anyone help me out as to what this Luger is, when it was made, and how much it is worth? Pics to come. I don't have a camera available right now. Any help is appreciated, I am NEW to Lugers.
     
  2. meanmrmustard

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    Pics please.
     
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    Once you have good pics, I'm sure they could help you at lugerforum.com.

    They were extremely helpful to me when deciding whether to purchase my Luger.
     
  4. CTS1911

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    How do you put pics on here?
     
  5. Walt Sherrill

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    How to post pictures here? And on other sites?

    The easiest way is to get yourself an account on PHOTOBUCKET.COM or a similar free photo site, upload your pictures there, and get a LINK from that site to your photo or photos.

    It's really pretty easy, once you get over the relatively simple technical stuff. The site I use has an IMG code associated with each image that I can just paste into a response I post on this type of site.

    Just make sure the pictures aren't too big. You can test them, and change them, if necessary. Most photo sites will let you adjust them once you've uploaded them, too.
     
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    Thanks, I'll get on that and have some pics up tomorrow. More info: Has "Germany" on the frame, looks like it's stamped twice there. .30 Luger. If that helps.
     
  7. Walt Sherrill

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    .30 Luger!!

    That's a more rare (but not necessarily more valuable) variant... you may have difficulty finding ammo if you plan to shoot it. That's not a negative, just a "difference." That caliber was more common in Europe, but not seen as much here in the U.S.
     
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    Is it possible it may be an M23?
     
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    If it is stamped "Germany", it was brought in an an import, which reduces its value a bit. We'll need to see pictures all around, or contacting some of the Luger experts would be even wiser, as they have all the necessary data to evaluate it.
     
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    Commercial Luger, probably from the 1920s. Without anything further to go on, it's probably in the $1000 ballpark. Condition and matching numbers (or not) could bring it up or down about $200 in either direction.
     
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    1920 - 1923 ,, commercial,,thats what i can find with your barrel length, 3.75''

    I hope that helps..
     
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    Do you have a mag? Are all numbered parts matching? How is the bore?
    I would value it between $950 and $1150.
     
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    I have a mag, but the wood on the bottom is cracked and the metal piece there is missing. The number on the mag does not match. All of the other parts are matching. The bore is surprisingly clean and shiny.
     
  15. CTS1911

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    Still need more help and opinions and info as well!
     
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    This forum is not the best place for what you need. You're expecting "specialist" advice from people who aren't Luger specialists.

    As was suggested earlier, the Lugerforum.com is the place to seek more help.
     
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    Just a heads up though, you're going to need some good photographs.
     
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    Those guns were produced in Germany after WWI when the Versailles treaty prohibited manufacture of pistols in the millitary 9mm caliber. Most were reworked and rebarrelled military pistols with the markings removed, but some were police pistols. Either way, the collector value is fairly low, and the ammunition expensiive. On the plus side, 7.65 (.30) Luger is a pleasure to shoot and feeding problems are almost non-existent.

    Jim
     
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    The guy who is selling it is asking $300. I should jump on it in any situation, right?
     
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    Why not? You could always resell it and make $400-$500 easy , should you tire of it.
     
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    As stated before it's a DWM commercial from the 1920's....

    I have one identical to it in my collection.

    $300 is a STEAL.

    If you want a Luger this is the best deal you are likely ever going to come across.
    Will
     
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    I tried several times to register at the Luger Forum with no success. It kept denying me. Is there anywhere I could search the serial # and find some exact info? And thanks rklessdriver, I will probably be buying it. I want to know more about its unique history.
     
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    None of this matters now, the guy apparently did some research and backed out on me. Thanks anyways.
     
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