Reeder Stainless Luger?

WB
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 07:04 (10 days ago)

I forget the story, was hoping for a refresher or other tid-bits. The restatement might help the future collecting too. I know there were some out there, maybe 100? I think Bill Firman has a highly engraved one. I am reminded of how many folks are intrigued by the firearm. Most link the 9mm X 19 cartridge with it but I think almost as many were made in .30 Luger for the military and civilian use. Perhaps more P-38's were produced than Lugers, I believe they were only in 9mm, save some rare oddity.

My son remarked "Dad this Luger thing is the best spontaneous purchase you've made since the Ducati". That is evidence of great excitement for him. A couple other shooting buddies are really excited about getting to lay fingerprints and pop a cap or three when the DWM arrives. Things are so much sweeter when you have friends to share in the fun and excitement. I see many future photos of friends with toggle arched, and brass in mid-flight.

I have had my feelers out for a long time. Gary ran a batch of stainless steel Lugers through several years ago. Collectors of such German pieces would pinch their nose and run away, but not real shooters! I wanted one to experience the design and actually shoot. The stainless and modern construction would greatly add to my desires, not wanting to rough up an antique collectors piece. But the Stainless Lugers, while generally less expensive than Military issue, did not seem to catch on with the shooters in large and the project was dropped.

I think they are a little picky with ammo (a well understood design trait) and except for a mechanical curiosity with cool factor, they loose their fun with some after a while. Still a very desirable footnote in firearm design and collecting for one's personal stash. They are bound to increase in value with time. Boy to have a 6" Stainless shooter like this one! Or perhaps a 8" Stainless Artillery! I have to stop.

From THE man himself;

"Another series of 100 guns was our stainless Luger in 9mm. I can't find the pic of the prototype but here is one of them. They were built from the ground up and the customer was able to pick the serial number. The prototype was serial number "GNR-1"...Like an idiot I was talked into selling it. The old fellow that bought it was the brother of Ed Sullivan, that some of you that are older than dirt will remember from early TV. I was at a custom show in Dallas and he kept coming to my table asking me to sell it to him. The old guy was probably in his 80s and like a dumb ass I felt sorry for him and sold it to him.

Most of the series were full engraved. This one is about 50% engraved, high polished stainless."

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Not a Luger admirer but that looks cool.

Sid R
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 07:58 (10 days ago) @ WB

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lugers

joepjs
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 18:46 (9 days ago) @ Sid R

They were LWAYS SEXY LOOKING FOR A PISTOL, I HAD ONE MADE BY SIMPSON CO, OF SUHL. WHILE I WAS IN GERMANY WITH THE ARMY I FOUND THAT WALTHER HAD JUST FAILED TO HAVE THEIR POLICE P38 ADOPTED BY THE FRG POLIZEI AND THEY WERE SELLING THEM AS SURPLUS ON THE AMERICAN BASES THROUGH THE GUN CLUBS. THEY SHOT EXTREMELY WELL, BUT THE LUGER LOOKED SEXIER. STILL, I CONVINCED MYSELF THAT THE P38 WAS HALF .45 AND HALF LUGER!

I was just looking at a Mitchell. Seemed nice.

Drdougrx
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 08:02 (10 days ago) @ WB

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Forgot who was marketing them too.

WB
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 08:42 (10 days ago) @ Drdougrx

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I think Stoeger was the original stainless Luger

Gary Reeder
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:58 (9 days ago) @ WB

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there would have been a lot more of them except Stoeger

Gary Reeder
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 13:06 (9 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

trademarked the name Luger so we couldn't put Luger anywhere on the gun. We had to label it P-08, which it was but if you can't call a Luger a Luger it is hard to sell them.

we built 100 of the stainless Lugers and I didn't even keep

Gary Reeder
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:02 (9 days ago) @ WB

one for myself. If I remember right Bill Firman got he last one I had that I had set back for myself. No big deal. I can't keep them all.

So that makes 99 out there somewhere!

WB
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:22 (9 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

It would be grand sport for a man to set out to collect as many Reeder gun "Series" as he could. Hopefully, with the internet developing parallel with production, and forum info still floating out there somewhere, the documentation resources are obtainable for someone serious about it.

here is Bill's Luger

Gary Reeder
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:56 (9 days ago) @ WB

I must say it is really growing on me.

Sid R
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 13:12 (9 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

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That is art!

WB
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 15:38 (9 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

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