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I AM INTERESTED IN PURCHASING MY FIRST LUGER WITH THE INTENT ON SLOWLY STARTING A SMALL COLLECTION. I WOULD WELCOME ANY RECOMMENDTIONS AS TO WHAT MIGHT BE A GOOD "FIRST CHOICE" AND ALSO WHAT PISTOLS MIGHT BE CONSIDERED "NECESSARY" TO HAVE IN A MODEST COLLECTION.
 

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1911boy, the first order of business, in my opinion, is to secure some of Mr Still's excellent books. Luger collecting is best enjoyed and savored slowly. Another added benefit is you will be an informed buyer which MIGHT make your purchase more cost effective and legitimate. If you know the areas of interest regarding War time production you might consider the following.

For Lugers produced by DWM and ERFURT during WWI try Still's IMPERIAL LUGERS
This also includes German Navy(6" Barrel with special two position rear sight)Lugers and German Army Artillery Lugers (8" barrel with special rear tangent sight and drum magazines)

For Lugers reworked or manufactured in the Weimar Era (1920s and early 1930s) for police or Military use or commercial sales consider WEIMAR LUGERS

For Lugers made by Mauser during WWII try THIRD REICH LUGERS

All Still's books are excellent reference books and very worth the money considering each is less than 1/10 the price of even a shooter grade Luger and MIGHT save you MANY thousands or at least hundreds of dollars by being an informed buyer of Luger pistols, Good luck and the hunt is half the fun!
 

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David,

Thor is right. I had some Lugers before I could lay hands on the Still - books, and only after spelling out the chapters concerning them I found out what I should have been looking for when I bought them.

However, it is very handy to have at least one Luger on the table, when you go through all the reading. That is anyhow the way I understood better the explanations about markings, stamps and the main components of the pistol.

It might therefore be interesting to find one (just one) Luger from a not to difficult and cheaper type, like the P08 (DWM on toggle) of 1916 - 1918, or a much younger Mauser made S/42 or 42 or byf marked one, years 1937 - 1942.
You should only look to the price of it. It is learning material, and such a gun, mostly what we call a 'shooter', can easely be sold later when you know what you would like to really collect.

Good hunting!
 

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1911boy,

Thor's advice is worthy, and these books are a necessity if you find that you are serious about acquiring the Lugers to make a collection.

I believe, however, that there is another response for your question.

Firstly, we don't know enough about your interests to make a recommendation. Is your interest in history (and if so, what particular part of 20th Century history), or is it in the Luger as an object? The answer to this question will not only suggest the arena for your choice, but will also point a direction toward the variety which might comprise a representitive collection -for you-.

You might be enlightened by entering all the Luger topic forums in this Forum and reading the profiles which have been posted about individual pistols. See if anything strikes your fancy, find out what makes you want to know more.

How much money are you considering spending on your first Luger?

A collection quality Luger can be obtained for an amount between $800 and $3,500. Your choice will be influenced by the amount you can spend, and the amount you must spend will be determined by your choice. This is not really contradictory, all it means is that there are some optimum Lugers out there for you, but you must answer these questions in your own mind first.

Once you do so, there exists the possibility to give you a rational response to your query--not before.

--Dwight
 
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