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I am new to Lugers and buying a 1936 s/42..

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on Monday. Let me tell you about it and see what you all think. It is a byf (Mauser) marked, completely matching, except for the magazine. It retains 80% of the original finish, the other 20% is thinning around the grip straps and sideplate (holster wear?). Nice straw color on the trigger, safety and take down lever. It is 9mm with an excellent bore. The original wood grips are in excellent condition. There are no import marks on the gun. Even though the magazine does not match, the seller told me that it is a correct WWII mag. The serial number is 93XXm. He wants $700.00 for the gun. Looking at it, it is a beautiful piece that is not mint, but I would be able to shoot without feeling guilty. When was this gun manufactured? What would be the best ammo to use with it? How is the price? Thanks for any answers you could give me.
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I do not have my books available, so I am going off of memory, but 1935's and 1936's are "rarer" than say, 1939's or 1940's. Lugers go for varying amounts, a "shooter" is getting harder to buy at $450-$500, and if all matching and not reblued the value goes up from there. I think $700 is a reasonable price, and if a model they made less of, than you are doing just fine.

The important thing in any purchase is to research it and know what you are buying ahead of time (of course last fall I bought one sight unseen, so...).

The "sgt" part of the name, military or police?

Ed (retired military police)
Good luck and its "fun" to have the excitement and anticipation!

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