What are these going for? This one was a Cole's Import with matching numbers and decent shape. Has a black 'P08' holster, extra magazine, and decent bore.
No ... I don't have the kitchentable anymore . But the story is true!
A bit off topic, but just to tease the "youngsters", an excellent "left behind" 1911A1 Remington was bought voor 20 USD in 1962 (the value of the USD was about 65 % more as today). No ... I won't tell the story of my life but now young collectors will understand more easily why "the old people" often refuse to give a "normal price of today".
I'd say you did just fine. You did not hurt yourself with that price.Well, I found a "shooter" I was willing to spring for. The top is pretty good and matching, the bottom is fugly...but it shoots! New grips, a pin, a spring, a bit of 'smithing, and I've got a $475 Luger. Well, $535 after the new parts.
Those wee the days when I paid little more than $120 USD for a Mauser S/42 with WaA63 code on the frame. The two/four serial numbers matched on everything but the grips and Mauser surplus magazine. It obviously wasn't a Russian capture Luger either, since the flow of guns from there came after the demise of the Soviet Union.It's the magic of the word "Luger" that makes those high prices. I'm speeking about the current variety, not the rare and more collectible ones.
It's a nice gun to have and to shoot, it's a part of the history were I live but the "shooters" are overrated and cost to much. The problem is that most people think (even those who couldn't tell the difference between a P08 and a P38) that they are so extremely rare and so perfect. Just for the fun of it: I traded an excellent Erfurt 1913 for a classic round kitchentable when I got married (the table costed 30$, the Luger only 20$). I admit, it was in 1967 ! Too many phantasies about those Lugers ... and we pay the price !!! They are not made of gold, but of rather good steel and a lot were made. Will the prices go up? Yes!!! Why? Because one can't control phantasy.