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Unread 07-13-2018, 10:06 PM   #1
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I'm a modest Luger collector and took the plunge on a s code Kreighoff serial 20XX. The receiver is a plumb color, is this correct? I also purchased the book "Kreighoff Parabellum" by Gibson but was unable to find mention of this hue. I know that some Beretta's had a plum colored slide in WW 2. Any information would be greatly appreciated, Thank you in advance to whoever replies, Mike
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I have never seen a plum colored Kreighoff. In fact they are a darker blue than others. Many Mausers exhibit this plum color. We will see what others say but I think this luger has been reblued. Bill
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Good pics would help .

I have S code 2014 and it's receiver is definitely blue - not plum .
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When you say plum, do you by chance mean a color similar to that of the extractor on my shooter here? I noticed that from day 1 when I got it. IIRC, didnít someone on here mention that it could happen in the process of strawing? I always attributed mine to the fact the toggle train has a little bit less overall blue than the rest of this pistol.
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The receiver is close in color to your toggle train. I've looked up all the characteristics in Gibson, Still, and Kenyon's books and the proofs, numbering, thumbprint, all check out. The barrel and toggle train are a darker blue, while the receiver is a slightly reddish color. (But only in a certain light, it's not glaring, just slightly off from the rest of the pistol.) I'm no expert, but have been collecting 30+ years and know that re-bluing results in less crisp proofs, but these proofs are crisp. I wish I had a smart phone to send pics, but I'm still in the stone age with a flip phone. The pistol was bought online from Legacy Collectables.
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Mine is serial 2033. I wish to God I had a smart phone, I have a flip phone.
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Seeing as you’ve been collecting longer than I’ve been even an entertained thought on this earth, not sure what to tell you as I’ve not yet had the chance to do much research into krieghoff Lugers. Hopefully some of the other members can provide more insight. In the mean time, are you able to plug your flip phone’s charger into a computer and transfer pictures over that way?
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I will try to get a friend over here today or tomorrow and get you some pictures.
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as said - plum is not unusual for say 1939 Mausers but not for Krieghoffs
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Which explains mine, as the train is a 42 Code on a 1937 frame.
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A buddy is coming over tomorrow when he gets out of church and pics will be posted then. Now I want to get to the bottom of this, Thanks guys, Mike
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So take some pix with a real camera and upload 'em here from your computer...
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Pics will be uploaded tomorrow afternoon.
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FWIK that should be a color shift that takes place over time based on the bluing salts and the metal alloy mix, I'm not an expert but perhaps when that part was blued, the blueing salt bath concentration as well as the temperature of the bath were too low.
You see it in a good number of vintage guns, SIGs and some lugers included, but the few Krieghoffs that I've seen never had that shade.
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I have never seen a plum colored Kreighoff. In fact they are a darker blue than others. Many Mausers exhibit this plum color. We will see what others say but I think this luger has been reblued. Bill
Hi Bill,
While this is true, I have to say that I've never seen the plum color on a refinished gun.
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Norm makes a very good point. I too have never seen that plum coloring on any Luger that showed signs of refinishing or was known to have been reblued.
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You could put a link to the Legacy pictures here.
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I have the pictures in my friends phone, how do we post them?
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While this is true, I have to say that I've never seen the plum color on a refinished gun.
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Norn,

I had my father's 22cal rifle and his single barrel 410 shotgun refinished a number of years ago, and both came out with plum colored parts....I was sorely disappointed!! These were not Lugers, but the metal is of early 1900s vintage.
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Here is one picture, I'm working on other ones.
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