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Dear Collectors,

I was so excited about restoring my rusty Artillery, that I decided I would buy one I could shoot. I will post some pictures here of my new Artillery. I only had to use $300 of my own money, plus free proceeds from company Ebay sales, and sale of some paper documents I had laying around, so I feel pretty fortunate.

The Receiver and barrel assembly parts all have one serial number, and the Frame and parts all have another serial number. Do I need to replace any parts such as the firing pin to a vented one to shoot it with impunity? Anybody have any idea on the possible reblue or finish on this gun? Any info would be most appreciated since i am new to Lugers and even modern handguns. I pick it up at the end of next week.

Sincerely,
Bill Jensen


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Does the 6th picture of the serial number have the "halo"? What does this indicate?

I have learned how to reload bullets, and did my first yesterday. I have only shot black powder original flintlock and Colt percussion 36, so I am wondering about the relative kick. The 69 caliber flintlock has too much kick for my weak hand, but the Colt Navy and repro Paterson is easy for me.

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Hi Bill, It does appear to have the halo. This indicates that it was not reblued or dipped. The serial number was stamped after the pistol was rust blued. Resulting in the metal around the edges of the numbers to upset (be forced out). Which causes the blue to thin and cause a halo effect or a pale border around the numbers.
A word of caution about reloading. If you are just learning, be very careful not to load too hot of a load. Your Luger is nearly 90 yrs old. The loads should not be any hotter than original factory loads from that period. Just enough power to make it function properly.
Start low and work up, watching for pressure signs. Hot loads with destroy the pistol.
Don't worry about recoil, it's very mild. You got a great deal on your shooter. Looks like a nice one. What was the total asking price?

Ron
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Hi Ron,

It was under $1000. I used $300 from proceeds selling on Ebay for my job at Convergent Laser, and I sold some papers from Dr. Thomas galen Hieronymus for $400, so I only needed to pay about $300 cash. My rusty Artillery Luger was a gift for Christmas, and I have had a blast freeing up the parts.

I am using 115 grain FMJ copper jacketed with Accurate #7 0.5 cc's scoop from my Lee Classic Loader documentation, and small pistol primers. It is the minimum load specified.

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Bill Jensen
 

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Bill, You got a very good buy on the artillery. Congratulations! Now see if you can locate a reproduction stock for it. They are a real blast to shoot with the shoulder stock attached. And extremely accurate.
Ron
 
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