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Unread 12-01-2020, 05:24 PM   #1
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I just came into possession of a G Date luger. Appears to be genuine as serial# 7682 matches all over the gun. The letter suffix I want so badly to say looks like an "a", but after finding an image of letters, it is more likely to be a "u". The gun has apparently been re-blued as the trigger, safety, slide release, and other parts that should be "strayed" are the same bluing as the rest of the pistol. I know this work was done before 1962 as it was in my Uncle's possession starting in the years between 1955 and 1961 when he served, proudly, in the US Navy.

I want to keep the gun for family reasons. As it is just one pistol, I have no idea what it's value might be. I know it fires well. I bought new magazines to fire the gun. It came with 4 magazines, one or more from WW I era, but none of them match the gun and are not in great shape. As of this posting, I have the frame in the gun shop because the safety lever pin was stuck, and when I tried to push it out, I just messed up the pin more. So it may be getting a new safety lever pin. Rest of the gun breaks down as if it was fresh from the factory.

I am concerned about a couple things; 1) I saw a video where the guy restoring the luger "boiled" the walnut grips to get them clean. I don't understand what that means and 2) I want to keep the gun in perfect operating condition, but I think I want is restored some. Problem is there is lots of micro pitting on the pistol frame and barrel. Frame pitting is on the edges where the walnut grips touch it. The barrel has much finer pitting, but it's there nonetheless. I have cleaned and cleaned and oiled and sprayed anti-rust solution on it to prevent any more pitting. Don't know if that helps or not.
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Welcome aboard !

Do you have any pictures of your Luger ?
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Best advice. Don't mess with it.

Use well oiled 0000 steel wool gently on a well oiled surface to remove spot rust.

Boil grips and you could well warp them.
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Boil grip sand
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"boil grips and you could warp them".

Typos can be so confusing.
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New members are encouraged to use the Forum for the most definitive answers to Luger questions.

Here is a very comprehensive listing of the cursive letter suffixes. Anything from the 'outside' should be considered suspect.

http://forum.lugerforum.com/showthread.php?t=34813
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Welcome aboard !

Do you have any pictures of your Luger ?

I apologize. I do not know how to edit my photos on my iMac desktop computer to get them down to size to be able to upload to this forum.

As someone else mentioned, I have uploaded several photos on another forum.
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I apologize. I do not know how to edit my photos on my iMac desktop computer to get them down to size to be able to upload to this forum.
The forum software *should* auto-shrink your pics to the desired size (somewhere about 1100 x 1100 pixels). Try it and see if it works.

OK, I'll try it. I'm curious. Your 1440 x 1920...vBulletin shrank it to 825 x 1100.
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