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Unread 04-02-2024, 07:52 PM   #1
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A friend of a friend is trying to find information on a Luger his wife recently inherited. I was asked to assist (although I am more of a 1911 guy). I will say up front that the pics I was sent are the type that drive folks like me who love to peruse these forums crazy. However, any information would be greatly appreciated. He says the serial number is 8216, and that there is a crown over an N (I believe above the trigger on the left hand side).

Thoughts on ID and or value? The condition appears fairly rough to me, but I advised him not to clean it whatsoever.
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Unread 04-03-2024, 12:29 AM   #2
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There is nothing to indicate it is a Swiss. It appears to be a 1920's Commercial in poor condition valuable only as a shooter. And since it is probably 7.65mm caliber, not worth much more than $750. He can clean it all he wants to, it wont affect the value
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I agree with Ron. I see nothing to suggest that it's Swiss.
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harrisonhud, click on the FAQ along the top bar to get a wealth of info on Lugers.

Clearly marked DMW on the top
Does not have the Swiss cross on the top
Does not have the grip safety that Swiss Lugers have

The Trigger Sideplate is not numbered on the top indicating Commercial not military
Military would be 9mm, most Commercial 7.65mm (.30 Luger)

A closer look at the photo shows corrosion, ergo "rough shape"
If the bore has rust or pitting it may not be woth much at all.
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As a long-time gunsmith, the advice "clean it all he wants to" almost makes me cringe.

I've seen "cleaning" and it can be ugly.

so, if he does want to clean it, the advice is simple" by hand, using 0000 steel wool, and lots of oil as a lubricant while scrubbing.

Gets the rust off and preserves what original finish is left, if he's not too heavy-handed.

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I apologize for the mis-identification gentlemen, and thank you sincerely for your guidance!
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Or a brass brush works well for cleaning rust off without damage to the finish.
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