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Is there a floor for Luger values?

I have a chance to purchase a DWM Luger with a chamber date of 1915. All parts having matching numbers, except the take down lever and magazine. I don’t know about the grips or internal parts, did not know to look at this when I had the chance. The rifling is sharp, but there is light pitting in the bore. Chamber looks good. Grips are wood and in good shape, but dirty. I freely admit to being terrible at percentage ratings, but I think using the Blue Book of Gun Values (BB of GV) percentage system that the low would be 55 percent and the high 70 percent. Using the Standard Catalog of Firearms rating system of Excellent, Very Good, etc, that the gun would rate a Good condition rating under that system.

There are five magazines with the guns. I don’t think any of them are “correct” for the gun. No chance for pictures. I am not interested in it as a collector, but a shooter. However, I don’t want to buy something, over pay for it, and then found I could have had the same thing or nicer, cheaper.

The guy said he would let it go for 850 and he paid 975 for it. Are the days of good 500 shooter grade Lugers gone? If so, what is the bottom of the Luger market for decent looking shooter grade Luger?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Thanks for the help so far. Re-read my post and realized I did not give the caliber, it is 9MM. I have no info on the type of mags. Did not know to look for codes or markings. I am learning a bunch just by looking over the replies. One mag has an aluminum base plug, the owner thinks it is a Finnish magazine. The other mags have wooden base plugs, he bought them from Gun Parts.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback. I bought the Luger. I felt the 5 magazines, being able to examine it at my pleasure, not having to pay for shipping (and possibly return shipping), the 1915 date, which possibly means it fought in both WWs, all added up to a buy for me. Plus there was one other reason. I took it a part to examine it and failed to properly reassembly it. It's real tought to negotiate a better deal or walk away from one, when you have broken the seller's gun. So, see my new post. Again thanks for all the words of wisdom, both pro and con.


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