I may have a line on a guys "granpa's" 1940 42 code luger, all matching #'s with two P08 FXO Eagle37 mags and correct black clamshell holster. Both mags have blank alu bottoms, and one has been interestingly "personalized" with maybe a GI's first name, possibly even a Deutsche Soldaten's first name.
A couple questions.
Are 42 code Lugers supposed to have matching mags, or not so much by this era of production. I seems to have read that more of the Police rigs had matching mags, and looking around on GB and elsewhere on the net, I could not atcually find any 1940 42 code pistols with even one matching mag, much less two. The non matching mags don't bother me in the least, just trying to figure out how correct or incorrect this may be?
This gun seen some action for sure, and there is some very light pitting in the usual places, the rib that sticks out against the holster on the right, some pretty good bluing wear to the removable side plate, wear in all the right places. The bore is stinkin MINT, amazing!
It feeds and ejects perfect, did no fire a round through it, and I might not ever (if I get it)
Now on to the value thing... Kid thinks of course that it was worth $2500, and I had to tell em on account of condition, no way, but i do want it.
So, this morning, I'm researching values on the net, in threads here and there. Guys are showing amazing lugers, that the first few posters in the threads say a grand US... then by the end of the pages guys are saying I'll take it for two grand, even three... as of course there are a few sharks out there trying to get a sweet deal, like we'd all like to, but ripping people off isn't cool, and neither is getting ripped off...
Anyway, long story short... I'm reading ridiculous things like "shooters" (which is what some might consider this one), in the five to eight hundred USD, a thousand, twelve hundred for nice stuff. of course twenty five hundred for the nice minty al matching mag rigs, etc. And on up for rare stuff of course.
What I'm wondering is eight hundred for a shooter? And where might you find people giving away Lugers at prices like these?
Anyway, back to this one, he's selling it for his granpa, and I'm sure the old guy can use all the money he can get. I realize I don'y have pics, but it is the real deal, and the date makes it exactly what I want, is giving fifteen, maybe even sixteen hundies out of line for this. I know it's not a twenty five hundred dollar rig, but as much as I'd love to offer him twelve hundred for it, I don't want to turn him off on the sale. The luger is actually in with the rest of a collection of other guns they don't want to split up, but that I have no interest in, and I'll pay a little premium to get him to cull this one out, which is why I need to handle this carefully.
Thx for any thoughts and advice on current market values ;-)