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"Black Widow" bubble...?

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For the longer-term collectors (I'm < 1 year), have you seen this type of "MUST BUY NOW!" mania for Lugers, say for so-called Black Widow (BW) Lugers; that is, a byf 41 or 42 with black bakelite grips (either original or added later)? If so, when (approximately), and did it burst sharply, or at least cool off with prices dropping at some point?

Alternatively, in the past few decades has there been a (semi) frenzy for a particular type of Luger that went from in-demand to full-on nuts, or is the current BW mania atypical? If yes, what happened in the long-run in terms of collectability and pricing for the MUST-HAVE Lugers?

Just trying to get some perspective... Thanks and cheers. Batty67/Mark G
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The byf craze right now, is very atypical IMHO - I've never seen it like this for a particular type of luger.
My guess it's because of aesthetics. The all-black byf look is amazing ( gun + mag + grips + holster ), and brings to life the lethality of war. If you are into war relics, this is it.

This aesthetic also applies to the "Black Army" 1911s. They just look cool.

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...... I was curious if I could call my 1944 Hi Power with bakelite grips a "black widow Hi-Power" ......
I'd recommend "Black Power".
......bakelite unnumbered magazines make to the "Black Widow's" popularity. . They make it so much easier to assemble an "all matching" rig!
Excellent point. Automatic all-matching numbers gun.
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