LugEr pistol

frans

Adventurer
I know this old guy, he called me the other day and said he wanted to give me his Luger. I don't know anything about these pistols but am thinking it might make a good addition for personal safety while camping in my landrover.
Can anyone tell me if this is a good pistol to have? Easy to buy ammo for? Easy to clean, shoot etc?
Thanks
 

The Wizard

Observer
First, it is LugEr not Lugar. It all depends of what type of Luger you will be getting. Luger pistols have been produced since 1900. Some are worth a couple of $100 and some are worth tens of thousands dollar. The vast majority of Luger were produce in 9 mm Parabellum (9 mm Luger, 9 mm NATO, 9 mm X 21 mm) but quite a few were in 7.65 mm Parabellum (.30 Luger). Get a knowledgeable person to look at the Luger and determine what it is. Although the Luger pistol is an excellent pistol and served a number of militaries, there are better pistol out there today for "personal safety". Remember GOOGLE is your friend. Take some time and Google the Luger pistol and familarize yourself with the basics of the pistol.
 

frans

Adventurer
Thank you for the spelling correction. I will do due diligence in researching this. Just figured I would ask the group first.
Thank you
 

CCH

Adventurer
There are going to be very few Lugers in operable condition for a couple of hundred dollars. If it is in decent shape, it’s likely pretty valuable. They are an extremely well made and generally very accurate pistol. However, they are far from the best choice for a self defense gun. Definitely better collector’s piece.
 

zimm

Expedition Leader
if hes giving it to you, and you fire a few magazines without a failure, use it, it'll be fine. or, sell it and buy a 357 smith snub, if you want simple, or a glock if want more capacity.

don't overthink it.
 

Mike S

Sponsor - AutoHomeUSA
Most Lugers are chambered for the 380 cartridge. Not really an effective ‘stopper’ cartridge,but better than a .22 rimfire.
 

mep1811

Gentleman Adventurer
Most Lugers are chambered for the 380 cartridge. Not really an effective ‘stopper’ cartridge,but better than a .22 rimfire.
???????????????????????????????????????????? There were some chambered for the 30 Cal Luger and then 9MM Parabellum . There were a few in .45ACP for trial purposes but never in a .380.
 
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perterra

Adventurer
Most Lugers are chambered for the 380 cartridge. Not really an effective ‘stopper’ cartridge,but better than a .22 rimfire.
"Real" Lugers were not 380's. Erma made a bunch of 380's in the 60's but the pre-1940 Lugers were all in 9X19 and 30 Mauser
 

The Wizard

Observer
The Lugar pistol was not chambered for the .30 Mauser. The two cartridges that the Lugar was chamber for were the .30 Luger (7.65 mm X 21 mm) (NOT interchangeable with the .30 Mauser) and the 9 mm Lugar (Parabellum) (9 mm X 19 mm).
 

SBSYNCRO

Member
I have 4 different Luger P08 pistols - they come in a wide variety of configurations - different calibers, different barrel lengths, etc. In general, I would not recommend them as a personal defense weapon. The only real advantage of them is that the majority are chambered in 9x19 which is the most common pistol caliber. Beyond that they are not very practical. Most of the older "shooters" that are floating around are a mish-mash of spare parts that were carried out of Europe over the last century by either returning soldiers or by import companies. If they don't have matching serial numbers across all the parts they are worth almost nothing (few hundred $ at most). If all matching numbers, then they are more for collecting and not shooting. I have two relatively rare collectibles and two "shooters". Both of the shooters tend to fall apart after firing a dozen or so rounds. (being old the tolerances are sloppy and the side plate that holds them together tends to fall off - you can see a lot of references to this problem online).

So bottom line, they are neat pistols, but I would not consider them "practical" for defensive purposes - they are ungainly, not particularly accurate, old, and they are HEAVY as compared to a modern 9mm.
 
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