Pictured at top is a 1910 Imperial Cavalry Luger
. My wife inherited it from her father.
Original Luger pistols are handfitted, with many of the small parts individually serial numbered to the pistol. This particular one is all matching. To break one part that bears a serial number would seriously devalue the pistol. As a result, it is one of the few pistols that I own but do not shoot.
Below is a Walther P1. The P1 is basically the same pistol as the P38, but with a lightweight aluminum frame. These frames sometimes crack,leading to the preventitive modification of a hexagon shaped steel stud being placed through the frame. This pistol was never modified. It cost $189 back when I purchased it in 2003. They are still available at AIM
Labels: Gun Collecting, Mil-Surps