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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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Black Widow was a term made up by Shattuck, was because black plastic gripped guns were not selling.
There is one on Legacy and it is described as having repro grips and it is $2450.00!
I remember in the mid to late 70's a good friend of mine was a dealer and a Luger collector and he did not have any BW's in his collection, but every once in a while one would come thru the store.
U-Line sells rolls of anti corrosion paper that works well, I used it on all of my guns and knives when I moved, because
I knew they would be in the cases for a while.
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