Welcome everyone to the 118th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.
In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, found the Nintendo Zapper themed Glock 19 to be Fudd Crap.
At this time the original auction seems to have been taken down (or has otherwise disappeared). We can only hope that gat made its way to a new home, with some responsible parents nearby.
In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a German Luger with an American twist. As is tradition, this confused gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $1,699.99 Current Bid or $1,999.99 Buy It Now.
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP?
Red, White, or just Blue German Luger?
Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:
“When you’re a Nazi sympathizer, but you don’t want people to know you’re a Nazi sympathizer…” – Adam S.
“Is that a gun, or did someone hock a Luger on the table?” – Nicolas L.
“This Luger ain’t worth 1999 papiermarks, let alone dollars.” – Rusty S.
“Blueger is fuglier…” – Giorgio O.
Selling this confused German gat is GunBroker seller SPD635, located in Scranton PA. Let’s see what they had to say about this strangely outfitted 1918 German Luger.
This is a complete matching numbers Erfurt German Luger p08 from WW1. Dated 1918. Gun has a nickel finish and has 2 magazines. Please look at pictures and see all of the marking and letters . This piece is really cool and a rare find with all the proof marking. Please look at pictures and ask questions. I tried to get pictures of all the different marking. If you have any additional info on this rare find please send me a message with it.. Buyers pay fix shipping costs of $35. Credit cards are excepted over the phone with a surcharge of 4%. Please don’t bid if you have no intention on completing the transaction. Buyers with no feed back must contact me before bidding to insure you are a real person and willing to complete the transaction. GB is collecting sales tax on required auctions.
If you’re around firearm collectors long enough, you’ll eventually run into the die hard Luger collector. They’ll likely have guns from both world wars, and sometimes with the paperwork to back up some of their wild claims.
The Luger was designed in 1898 by Georg Luger and was chambered in either 7.65×21 Parabellum or the now famous 9×19 Parabellum. These operate using a toggle-locked short recoil action, and feed from an 8 round single stack box magazine. Multiple versions and variants of the luger were created over the years. It saw use in Germany from 1904-1945, and in Switzerland from 1900 to the early 1970’s.
I’m sure this gun has an interesting story to tell, but I really wish someone hadn’t spent the time refinishing the gun. While that might be the original nickel finish, it looks like someone tried to touch it up, and then went even further and changed out the grips.
As if to say “I promise I’m 100% American with no other interests at heart” the seller decided to use some sort of American flag backdrop for all the photos. While it’s a tad strange, I’d rather have the American flag used rather than, well let’s just say something else. German Lugers have always been cool little pistols, and in proper condition they will always fetch a pretty penny.
So is this refinished and re-gripped Luger P08 worth it for just under $2k? Or is this something you’d prefer to pass up based on the condition it’s currently in? As always I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.
What do you think? Is this modified luger a Hot Gat or overly modified Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this WWI German Erfurt Luger is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap: