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Old 02-02-2020, 04:43 PM
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1917 Luger (not original)

This gun is a non matching number 1917 Luger (9x19) that was plated I believe in 1922. If you like shooting a Luger this gun will be a good one to do so, don’t have to worry about damage a 4 figure gun. What do the experts think it might be worth?







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Old 02-02-2020, 05:27 PM
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I'd give $500 if I were looking for a shooter. Not a penny more. What's the bore look like?

I really think I'd be embarrassed to show it to anyone with the plating. But that's the collector in me talking.
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Old 02-02-2020, 07:05 PM
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Now if that's not the perfect evil despot's sidearm I don't know what is. As mention the value isn't high, but I can see people paying up to $800 for it. If the metal is in excellent condition it might be worth de-plating and rebluing.
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:41 PM
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I have a very good friend that inherited a 1917 Luger from his father who served in WWII and brought it home...he gave it to me to squared it away, as the toggle was stuck...I took it apart and cleaned it up.. (nice pistol!!)... all the serial #s matched except one (take down Plate on the side) was one number off, and the magazine was different.. otherwise, it was great...I shot a mag. thru it once I cleaned it up and got it running correctly..then took it apart and cleaned it/oiled it again.. and brought it back to him... What would something like that be worth today? Anyone have any idea?? thanks.. Shrps 74
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:05 PM
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Mismatched parts on a Luger kills off the value, as a replacement with the correct number would be very hard to find. This is why it's normally a bad idea to shoot any all-matching P.08 as simply breaking the firing pin will reduce a $2000 pistol down to an $800 one.
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Old 02-03-2020, 09:09 PM
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The danger in acquiring mix-masters is that they may not work reliably. Some do, for sure, but most don't unless massaged first. The parts may interchange, but proper fitting becomes the issue. The problem with the collectibles is that, on a Luger, the small parts only carry numeric portions of the serial number, and those can repeat, several times, across the various alpha-numeric serial number ranges. Unscrupulous sellers can swap parts that look like they match, but weren't original to the gun, and may therefore cause reliability problems, yet try to get a premium price. The Luger market is another area where one must tread lightly.

As for this one, someone who really wants it may go $500.
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:13 AM
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I am by no means a Luger collector and far from an expert on valuing the more nuanced variations. But I would pay somewhere between $500-$600 for a shooter grade Luger. The difference in price between a matching number gun and a mixmaster is huge.

I am leery of non matching Lugers since buying one years ago that never did function correctly and as a consequence I am unwilling to pay very much for one. I do have a few, but they are nice all matching examples.
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:28 AM
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There's an unfortunate perception circulating in the septic system that is the interweb that Lugers are problematic and prone to malfunctioning. An all-original Luger is anything but problematic. The problems arise with all of the random, unfitted parts-swapping that has taken place over the decades. Unmolested ones work like sewing machines and are quite accurate given their mediocre (by today's 'tactical' standards) sights. It's a shame that people have to screw with things, and that crooks are always looking to rip someone off, but people are people, I suppose.
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