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I’ve always lived by the adage, “If you have to ask you can’t afford it”. This is one of the rare exceptions to the rule. I purchased the Kreighoff book and have made my way through trying to absorb as much knowledge as I can. I have the funds and I’m starting down the window shopping section of the journey. Kreighoffs are not a common piece and finding anywhere that has an abundance to peruse is difficult. I’ve looked at Simpson Ltd and that’s given me an idea of which I would like. Other than boots on the ground trudging through shows, where are some other good hunting grounds?

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Be cautious while negotiating the minefield. You could lose an arm and a leg quite easily.
That’s my concern, Lugers are hard enough let alone specific higher dollar subsets of Lugers. I wanted a Waffenamt Kongsberg and when picked one out eventually I made sure it was a documented example. Obviously there are many well faked examples of those out there too.
That being said, I’m not looking for a documented Kreighoff per say, but something that can be vetted. I’d rather pass on a winner and regret it later than to pounce on junk.
 

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Good choice and good luck.

That said you should figure out what variation you want.
For the limited production numbers the number of variations is off the scale.

JMHO but 1937's are the high water mark if you want the best looking and they are the most consistent .

Seems odd using the word consistent with anything about HK lugers but again 1937's are best IMHO.

Remember these are all from the same parts run and are all similar .

Probably a good idea to go with a common date in slightly worn condition as it won't break the bank.

BTW if the book you are referring to is the blue book by Gibson it is in need of updating .

I ALWAYS take a good one with when I look at another .
Thanks for the info and yes, the blue book by Gibson. I bought the most recent printing straight from Kreighoff’s website, but I think the last update was 2006 from what I read about it. Unfortunately do not have a spare to take with me, but if you have one you’d like to provide I would be more than happy to oblige ;) … In all seriousness I appreciate the insight. I know just enough to be dangerous to myself. I’m in no hurry so trying to get a lay of the land, it’s a different hunt than any of the other pistols that I’ve searched out. Will definitely loop back through if/when I find something of interest.
 

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It’s a worthwhile topic but one that lends itself to face to face conversation and comparisons of verified originals to verified fakes more so than a forum format IMO. A real understanding of fakes requires an understanding and eye as to how fakes are created and this is complicated by the facts that there are usually many ways that fakes are created for every variation faked (HKs, navies, death heads to name a few) and I assume most HK fakes began life as a Mauser, Erfurt or DWM base pistol therefore mother than scrubbing markings without leaving a trace of the work what machining, finishing and fake marking characteristics does one look for tip them off? Maybe I’m a simpleton but I find the skill required to fully scrub and re-mark every marking on a Luger and then refinish without leaving obvious signs of the work to be a very high bar for a very low motive.
I’m from Minnesota originally, a friend there said during the 80’s there was a known Luger “forger”, so good that one could not tell the difference then if it was an original or fake. It got to be so much of a problem that he said nobody would buy a Luger out of Minnesota for fear that it was one of the fakes. It’s a high risk, high reward for the bottom feeders of this collecting field.
 

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This one popped up on Legacy and wanted to get opinions. To my layman’s eye the finish looks correct, some oxidation but overall looks like a decent example. How does the price look on this as well? Within my price range so would love some opinions.

 
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