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Hi

We recently had a death in the family (father-in-law) and found a few items that he acquired when he was released as a POW in WWII. One of them was a P.38 and there were two lugers (I think).

I would guess that my wife and her sister might want to keep these in the family. We are looking for a resonable estimate of the value of the P.38 (and the other items) to ensure an equitable distribution of the small estate.

If anyone can provide me with the approximate value of any of these items, I would indeed be thankful

The photos of the P38 are posted at http://homepage.mac.com/dr.tech/PhotoAlbum4.html The lugers and other items are below

http://homepage.mac.com/dr.tech/PhotoAlbum1.html
http://homepage.mac.com/dr.tech/PhotoAlbum2.html
http://homepage.mac.com/dr.tech/PhotoAlbum3.html
http://homepage.mac.com/dr.tech/PhotoAlbum5.html
http://homepage.mac.com/dr.tech/PhotoAlbum6.html are the links

Any URL should allow you to link to the others


Thanks
larry
 

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Larry,

I couldn't get the P38 picture to open. The other two pistols are of WWII vintage and are NOT Lugers. They are both, however, WWII German Army acquired and marked pistols of foreign manufacture.

The one with holster is a Hungarian Femaru M37. It is jhv/41 marked indicating it was part of the 50,000 pistol first order by the Germans. Most of these pistols in the first contract are reported to have gone to the Luftwaffe. It looks to be in good shape. With a holster and if it all matching (part of the serial number on the frame, slide, barrel and magazine are the same) it might have a value of between $300 and $500.

The other pistol you show (your last picture file) is a late war Polish Radom that needs some cleaning and rust removal/prevention. Again if it is all matching (meaning the major components are original to the pistol) and the bluing is in good shape and there is no pitting/corrosion on the external surfaces and is in proper mechanical condition it might be valued anywhere from $250 to $400.

I am sure some others will be able to provide some further details if you are interested and would like more information or explanation.

GOOD LUCK
 
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Thanks Lloyd

Your expertise is much appreciated on this. You can see my level of depth on these pistols. I am facincated by the history that I am uncovering related to these artifacts.

I also fixed the link to the P.38

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I agree with Lloyds explantion of the two other pistols.

The Radom was made in Poland under the German occupation. This particuler pistol was made very late in the war, as some of it's parts, such as the safety lever was omitted during manufacturing.

The holster that is in the series of pictures about the P-38, is a Radom holster and belongs with that pistol. This Radom holster needs some TLC, as it was evidently stored in a damp enviorment, with the pistol inside of it. This dampness apparently caued the rust on the Radom.

The P-38 in the photos was made in 1943, by Mauser and seems to be in good shape.
 
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For some reason the P.38 was stored in the Radom case. All were kept in a filng cabinet in a room that that is sometimes humid. I'll get on the cleaning task tomorrow. Thanks

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Larry, be careful how you clean the guns, use less rather than more elbow grease, :)

Bob gave good advice about that, just be careful about over cleaning, more guns are damaged that way, and afterwards, give a coating of oil, but not overboard.

Ed
 
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