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I haven't been checking this forum. Have we done photos of P.08s?

When I turned 21 in 1976 my mother bought me a very nice 1918 DWM as a present. I think she paid $215 for it from that big Luger dealer in IL (or used to be there). Of course, it was stolen in 1986 with all the others. I found another gun of the same make and year but this one was apparently used for police work. Had the modified safety that I understand was done on civilian guns and is stamped with a unit number and Wulfsberg PD. Think I paid something like $375 for the replacement.

Anyway, it functions perfectly and is surprisingly accurate. Even used it in a service pistol match at the club one time.

No matter how nice this one is, it's not the same as having the original one. Oh well.

 

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I'm guessing you mean www.simpsonltd.com in Galesburg, IL? They're still there. This DWM .30 caliber came from there many years ago. The felt used to be red, age has caused it to turn sort of pinkish and the photo brings that out more than the red.

 

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I have one of the mongrel VoPo guns. It was rebuilt after World War I, restamped "1920", reworked again for World War II with some Mauser produced parts installed, then again in post war East Germany.

It is satisfyingly accurate and functions fairly reliably. It appears to like near max Unique fueled hand loads. The trigger is mushy but due to the width feels good.






 

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I love Lugers! I've never owned one, but I've come close to trading for a Luger several times - chickened out because I could never figure out for sure whether or not they were parts guns.

One of my dad's former co-workers had a nice long-barreled example in 9mm that he acquired in Tunisia during WWII. 9mm still carried a lot of ballistic JuJu back in those days and he had complete confidence in the Parabellum! Word had spread that leopards would frequently prowl the camp dump at night, so several of them rigged up a "jacklight" with an aircraft landing bulb and a reflector. Rather than use a Garand or some buckshot, he went after the big varmints with his Luger - and killed several at close range! I've seen the photos.

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Leopard hunting with the 9mm! Oh man, I can't think of many cartridges I'd want less for use on such critters! Especially with the full patch ammunition of the day. What a great story and food for thought.
 

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I want one, I had a chance at one that was a parts gun a few years back and passed on it. It was in nice shape and as I look back I probably should have picked it up since I have never seen another for sale locally.
 

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Great story about the leopards xtm!! And you'd do well to obtain a Luger, they are definitely NOT merely parts guns! They are extrememly well made when you consider they were made long before CNC machines were standard in firearms manufacture. Just look at the CRAP some manufacturers are putting out these days WITH CNC machines!!! :lol:
 

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I should include this one. My first handgun was a Stoeger Luger 22 bought new around 1971. It was a jam-o-matic and the dealer finally tired of having the smith try to fix it and gave me another one. Well, of course I suddenly no longer owned my very first pistol and I was disappointed. I swapped it off sometime later.

Last year at a Local show I saw one like it for $210 and bagged it.

 
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This was a mis-matched gun with a crummy looking bore for which I, in retrospect, paid too much. But it's turned out to be a great shooter, and surprisingly accurate.
 

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A great thread, folks.
Some great photos and stories!
Last shot a Luger in 1959(!), and always had a craving for one in the back of my mind.
Am thinking pretty seriously about buying one, and have been reading up on them, using some serious old manuals and articles.
Now you guys have gone and done it!
Just what I need...a more jammed-up safe!
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Don
 

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I've owned several over the year's but only have 2 left 1 is a DWM made in 1915 that is all matching but the mag but it is the correct series wooden base. the other on is a double dated 1917-1921 Erfurt that the sideplate is mismatched one grip has a sliver missing and the mag is a later WW II .


 

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We can ALWAYS do more Lugers ! :D
Here's a 1917 DWM Artillery model.
Everything matches, and the gun has a wonderful bore and action...
It was obviously somebody's 'constant companion' in WW I, as its finish is getting pretty thin in places.
The grips are comfortably worn, and the wooden magazine end is very shiny, with a chip missing from its right side.
A very well-maintained old soldier.
I'll set her up with the stock and shoot some photos, but it's gotta be outside...it's too long for my lightbox! :lol:
Enjoy.
Don


 
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