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My LGS has this luger for sale, but the price seems high (asking 1200) I wouldn't mind a cheap shooter, even with the chrome job. I'm assuming it's been chromed after bring back. I can't see the Germans doing this bad of a nickel job.
All matching except the magazine. What say you experts.
 

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You're correct, not original finish!
That example has suffered the fate of many bringbacks.
If you want a shooter, it may be one- or it could have had too much
nickel/chrome applied and screwed up the tolerances.
I'd want a "shooting" guarantee from the GS; and I think the price is too much besides; JMHO.
 

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Thanks. What would be a reasonable offer, assuming it functions correctly?
 

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I've read that many Lugers, P-38's etc. were nickel or chrome plated by the Germans for US military personnel during the occupation. It was apparently cheap to have done.

I have a matching commercial alphabet Luger that has been nickel plated. It's in .30 caliber and actually functions very well.
 

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I would pay $750(including tax). Have fired both nickled and chromed P-38s and Lugers, makes me feel good that I am not risking a collectable one.

Jim
 

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I'm sure that was a special presentation Luger that an SS general wore for parades, maybe even The Big Man, Adolf Hitler, himself!

Nazis were crazy about bling!

Oak leaves, swords, diamonds, nickle and chrome, they had it all going on!

I'd gladly pay twice, even three times, the asking price to own this one of a kind piece of history.

Ignore the nay-sayers here, they are just talking it down so they can swoop in like vultures and snatch it up for themselves.





No, seriously, I think the mention of about $600 was right if it shoots o.k. A plated Luger is better than a polished turd, I guess, but it's just a shooter with all collector interest and historical value gone
 

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What a fate for this beautiful, 1937 1st. variation Luger...one of the very late strawed/rust-blued pieces...with the 2mm "humpback" frame...only 3,206 of these examples were manufactured...as if it wasn't pretty enough, before this God-awful chrome job...only a mongrel would do such a thing
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What a fate for this beautiful, 1937 1st. variation Luger...one of the very late strawed/rust-blued pieces...with the 2mm "humpback" frame...only 3,206 of these examples were manufactured...as if it wasn't pretty enough, before this God-awful chrome job...only a mongrel would do such a thing
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I had no idea of such low production numbers
John
 

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1937 1st. variation, no Mauser 2mm hump...39,294 manufactured...

1937 1st variation, with 2mm Mauser "hump"...3,206 manufactured...

1937 2nd. variation...salt blued...with the 2mm Mauser "hump"...85, 435 manufactured...

A total of 127,935 Lugers manufactured in 1937...
 

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Yes...these late 1937 1st. variation, strawed/rust blued examples, are more rare than the 41/42 variation, also the 1934 "K" date Lugers...many people seem to miss this...

I myself have a soft spot for this early 1st. variation...have five at last count, with three of them having the more rare Mauser "hump" frame...I would never part with them...one day soon I will post photos...all are excellent to pristine condition...
 

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I'm buying it when it's off consignment hold for 800.00. It functions well and that is a fair price for a shooter here in Los Angeles. Thanks for all the expertise.

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I'll just have to put up with the dirty looks from the collectors at the range. LOL
 

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Fair chance there is a decent gun hiding under the chrome. I'd see if the chrome can be removed. If it is disappointing you can always have it rechromed or restored.
 

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Well not that it matters anymore for this Luger, but It's not necessarily a "1937 1st. variation". There are numbers below this one that are 2nd variation. Since the original finish is long gone we will never know!

Bob
 
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