Monday, February 2, 2009

Artillery Luger in Shotgun News

Articles in Shotgun News are sometimes a hit or miss proposition, but there’s a really decent write up on the long barreled luger, AKA the “Artillery Luger” in the February 1, 2009 issue. I’ve always been a huge fan of the luger, and unfortunately only own one at this point – and that’s a Russian capture shooter. It’s my second favorite sidearm next to the Model 1911 / 1911A1. Apparently a lot of other people like Lugers as well as the price has really prevented me from starting a serious Luger collection.

Highly prized among the lugers are the long barrel versions. These included detachable stocks and sights that were adjustable out to 800 meters. As the article indicates, this range has to be the ultimate expression of optimism as a 9mm luger round would have little to know hitting force at that range. The article details the history of the weapon as well as the accessories and includes several great pictures – I only wish they were in color as the examples used for the article look great – especially the “Red 9”.

They do astutely warn that Lugers in particular are the subject of more than their fair share of fakery. As with any expensive collector’s item, there will be unscrupulous individuals out there trying to make a buck off of an unexpecting mark. Fortunately this has done nothing to deter or detract from legitimate lugers and collectors, but it does mean the neophyte (and that would definitely include THIS author) needs to be especially careful investigating potential purchases before money is exchanged.

Until next time!!!

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