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Unread 10-02-2023, 07:35 PM   #1
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Technically this is my father-in-law’s. Brought back from WWII by his uncle. Magazine does not match, but everything else seems to.
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Unread 10-02-2023, 07:39 PM   #2
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Sorry, WWI bring back, not WWII
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Unread 10-02-2023, 10:26 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum.
Thanks for sharing your luger.


It looks like a fairly nice 1915 DWM in good condition with all matching parts.
Matching parts are more important than the finish.
It was made during WW-I when the factories had rapped up production (105,000 that year).

There is a green stain that looks like copper on the right grip - hope it comes off.

Overall, the finish is about what I would expect for a 118 year old pistol.
I'd guess it's around 70% remaining
The smaller parts (trigger, safety lever, take down) have lost most of their original straw color.


Non-matching magazines are pretty common.
It should be a wood bottom with a folded metal body.
It looks like something else was stamped on the base at one time.

It's probably worth $1,200.
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That is copper on the grip. He had it stored in a leather holster with brass or copper post. I’m hoping that a soft bristle brush will remove it, but I also didn’t want to mess with it too much.

The bottom of the magazine is wood and I can’t tell what the other stamp is either.

Next time I head over I’ll take my bore light to get a better look at the barrel, but yeah, it does appear to be in great shape for its age.

Thank you for the info and help!
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The green stuff is verdigris, from being stored in the holster. A toothbrush and gun solvent will remove it. Don't store the pistol in the holster, get a gun rug and coat the gun with firearms oil for storage. Leave it unzipped a little for air flow.

You have a nice gun with family history.

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If it's all matching and in original finish, it's value is probably closer to $1500 in today's market.

As Gerald says, It could use a good cleaning and oiling. If you're not familiar with proper preservation of an older rust blued pistol, ask for help. Don't do damage to it.

Don't store it in a holster. That may be contributing to some of the finish deterioration.
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