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Here are some pictures of my 1937 S/42 - That I wish to appraise and

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Jay..... Thanks for posting the pictures. Sure are big 22's just like you said...... The only thing I can think it could be is some type of "rack number". Perhaps some of the other inmates might have some ideas......
 

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Jay

Nice photo's and lot's of them, the 22's are certainly out of the ordinary.

I agree with dave about the rack number seeming to be the only reasonable explanation unless others can shed a light.

On the magazine photo your magazine is shown upside down, serial number is 9026 (n) military magazine looks like a crimped bodt droop eagle but cannot see acceptance clearly. If so proper period magazine

Have rotated the picture for you , hope this is okay by you.

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Lugerlou, I reversed the magazine image, as did you. Based on the droop wing eagle in an N-Block, it stands to reason the magazine is from a 1936 Military Mauser, thus the number must be a "63" and the tube should be blue, not plated. Besides, it looks like a "63" to me.
 
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I just checked the magazine with a loop and it is in fact a "63" under the Eagle. And, the tube is Blue.

As for the Three Eagle Stamps on the Right Side:

The Left One is either a "83" or "63" - - Very Hard to determine

The Middle One appears to be a "63"

On the Bottom of the Barrel Near the S/N is another small number that appears to be "8,83"

Also, if possible can you give the the meanings of "Rack Number" or Unit Number as has been expressed.

Thanks,

Jay
 

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In the US Army in the 1980's, we had our weapons each with a "rack number", literally to keep easier inventory, keep track of them etc. We still checked the serial number when switching the room over to a new soldier, but this made it easier to put in one place. I would imagine that the german gov't, in peace-time did something similar.

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Frank,

I don't know if DE/63 is good or bad. But, I do feel the energy of the Luger Enthusiasts, on this board. I had no idea that anything like this existed, until a few days ago. I should have done a Google Search - long ago.

So, Are there any opinions on the retail value of my Luger. And, where to best list it, for sale.

And, I would like to be able to better describe what I have and it's collector value.

Jay
 

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I don't believe this 22 is stamped by pre war German officials.
If they did I'am sure this practize would be wellknown and lots of guns with numbers stamped similar should be around !!
Could this gun be in a collection long ago, before your dad gets it ?
Some collectors in early days numbered their goodies !!
It's just a thought !!
 

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Jay, the two DE/63 marks are from the normal production sequence. That is "good"!!

As to it's value, that's another story. These are my thoughts and I hope some others will chime in. I wouldn't buy it as a Collectable Luger because of the "22" Marks and the unknown origin of them. It appears to be a nice pistol so I would put it at the high end of a "Shooter" category. Dealers are charging up to $900 for all matching Lugers that have less than 80 to 85 percent original finish. Mismatched shooters go for several hundred dollars less.

Perhaps the pistol would sell on the Forum, if you set the price and advertised it here. Otherwise, you could try Auctionarms.com or Gunbroker.com. Either way, Good Luck!!
 

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Jay.... I agree with what Frank is telling you. The SOG lugers discussed elsewhere are selling for $630 and up and IMHO yours is a lot better than most of the SOG guns I have seen......... It looks to be original and matching with a proper period mag. Assuming the bore is good and the inside parts are also matching I would think it would make a nice shooter for someone. I would consider it somewhat collectable in that it is more or less original (depending on what the 22's are all about). It has a little wear and tear but then don't we all????
 
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Jay, I am looking for my "first" Luger (been working on Garand's since I got my C&R). I just sent you an e-mail as I think I will pass on the one's from SOG I was considering.
Rob
 
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I just want to thank everyone who responded on this message board and privately to my quest for knowledge about my Luger's value. I've learned a few things and my interest has been raised. So, that's a good thing.

I was suprised by the percieved lack of value from the collective knowledge base. Maybe, it's a business thing of buying low and selling high.

I have no pressing issue or need to sell the Luger. It started when a friend of mine - made me a serious offer for the gun. And, I - had no idea of what it was really worth. Then, Our local gun shop said that they would have no problem selling it for $1500 or more. But, of course - they would want a 20% consignment fee. So, my friend's offer was $1200. I have not accepted the offer.

So, what I have discovered is that Lugers are worth different amounts to different people. Can it be - that the less someone knows - the more they are willing to pay? Or, Maybe - it's a way of buying a piece of history.

Then, I thought about something that Mark Twain said, many years ago. "Buy land, they're not making it anymore" And, So - I thought - Maybe I should keep my WWII German Military Luger - - They're Not Making Them, Anymore!

Jay
 

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Jay.... Your reply touched a little nerve and I guess I feel the need to reply. What I posted was my honest thoughts on the value of the gun based on the info supplied. The comments were based on my observations of what Lugers are trading for at guns shows in the Ohio area. I would tell you the offer of $1200 is IMHO way above the current value of the gun.
 
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