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Hello everyone. I just purchased a WWII Mauser dated 1939 P.08 that has a dull reddish color to the upper receicer. Is this correct. It was sold as original and I have only seen small gun parts with this type of coloring. Thanks.

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Hi ecke55,

Without seeing the gun, I would guess that is correct. I have a similar one that is absolutely original. I have observed that finish on other P.08s and P.38s as well.

The generally accepted explanation for that finish is that the blueing salts were either chemically out of balance or the temperature of the solution was wrong or both. Some have speculated that the metal composition could also have something to do with it.

Just my opinion.

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Many Thanks. My faith is affirmed that I did not puurchase a pig-in-the-pock! I love that blumb color- very distinctive. I also love my new hobby- the collecting of Lugers. Few other firearms have such a history. These are also one of the most accurate pistols I have ever shot- this I believe is due to the fact that the barrel does not pivot in its action, but retains an in-line action of travel. I wish that Lugers were re-introduced in 10mm and 45 ACP. Thanks all.


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my 1938 luger has a plum side plate but spotie same color though you know purple and blue mixed , and front and rear grip straps spotie to is that common and also the firing pin but not as purple has a purple tint same color though the same exect color of your 1938 luger thor ,i thought it was just the blueing wereing off,.
 

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I can't verify it but I have had some old time collectors tell me that they had an all blue Luger in the '50s that gradually turned the plum color, on some parts, over the years. Anyone else heard of this?

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"I had posted this 1939/42 P08 earlier, describig it as 'straw/brown'colored."
Your Luger has a seriously damaged finish or a crude attempt has been made to refinish it.

In my experience the red finish is mostly confined to the receiver on proper original finish Mauser Lugers (1939 and 1940 dated). The receiver is harder than other parts and the blue does not take as well when the temperature or formula is not correct.
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Hi Thor,

Thanks for the reply. Ain't hindsight great!!

I was asking because I have a P.38 that has a very definite copper (like electric motor windings) color on the frame. The finish didn't hold up well, at all.

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Walter is you do get it reblued, please consider us at TLSS, we are a Luger restoration business. Here are a few examples. Double Click on Each for a larger picture.


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