From my experience, both DDR and CCCP rebuilds were properly fitted upon assembly and reliable. Not always pretty.....but reliable.If I am right the Lugers were another example of hand fitted guns by the Germans and you cannot swop around parts and have reliability with out being fitted.
That's an East German Rework. The dead giveaway is the DDR produced take down lever. There should be a Crown/N mark on the bottom of the barrel and possibly a date although many times these is no date:
BWilheThat's an East German Rework. The dead giveaway is the DDR produced take down lever. There should be a Crown/N mark on the bottom of the barrel and possibly a date although many times these is no date:
BWilhelm ----- Thanks for your reply to my photos. Yes my luger could be an east German rework at that. It functions perfectly and is quite accurate out to 40 or 50 yds. It has a crown over "U" proof mark on the bottom of the barrel but no date stamp and no import stamp. Who ever did the work and especially the trigger work knew what they were doing, I really like the little less than 3 pounds pull.That's an East German Rework. The dead giveaway is the DDR produced take down lever. There should be a Crown/N mark on the bottom of the barrel and possibly a date although many times these is no date:
Yes sir.I had not been told the difference on the take down levers (replacement east german ones) - great info - did not know that. I have a number of east german breechblocks and do not notice any differences, at least as dramatic. Are there other parts that you can spot and made by east germany?
- OH YEAH............I saw a small assortment of Lugers in a gun shop. Most were prices over 2,000 which blew me away! I know things are nuts right now. What caught my eye was a 799 price tag. I picked up the gun and if I remember correctly it was labeled as a "Russian capture". The numbers and marking were sanded down and some new numbers were re-stamped. It had a dark black finish. Not glossy. It was blued, not painted. My first reaction was revulsion, but; I can see how it might grow on you. And it was 1/3 the cost of the unmolested Lugers.
Anyone have a opinion on these, one way or another? Is it right to call this a "Russian capture" Luger?
I really am glad that some are out there making their owners happy. I've a strict rule that every firearm of mine must work properly - no exception. I've owned a few NEW pistols that failed miserably right out of the box - But not for long.Crazig, I have been advised in person and on this forum that the German P08 requires a heavy load. These pistols were setup for the same ammo as the 9mm SMG. I had a DMW Artillery P08 that ran fine. I did shoot it with nothing special ammo. IIRC, The ammo was in a brown box. It maybe I got lucky or maybe the springs were old and weak. My brain went limp not my wrist, when I sold that gun for a bag of magic beans.
BTW - When I leave any of my handguns in leather holsters - I put it in a plastic food bag before inserting it in the holster - This prevents any of the Tanic acids in leather to attack the gun finish. Some of the repro holsters come from India Pakistan etc. - we don't want to discuss their primitive leather tanning process here. I have even seen WWII 1911's stored in american made G.I. holsters pitted to ruin. You'll be OK if you use the plastic baggy though.My Russian Capture or East German (not sure which) rework luger is one of my two shooters and the most reliable luger I own. It does like fairly warm ammo of my own making. I believe I'd trust this piece in any situation I'd be likely to encounter. It shoots to point of aim at 15 to 20 yards and it's trigger is as good as or better than most of my other shooter pieces. I guess I was just very lucky to find this luger about 3 years ago for $400. It rests in a very well made repro luger holster.
I bought a 1936 S42 Russian Capture Luger from a dealer friend after the USSR fell apart. It's absolutely all matching, no "forced" except for grips and mag which are original WW II. VG bore, shoots like a champ.All of the Russian captures I have personally handles displayed Force matched parts, horrible over buffing and then the strange and quite ugly blue was applied.