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Can my 9mm Luger (WWII production) handle +P ammo? My guess has always been yes, but I have yet to find a resource that discuss

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  • Can my 9mm Luger (WWII production) handle +P ammo? My guess has always been yes, but I have yet to find a resource that discuss

    Can my 9mm Luger (WWII production) handle +P ammo? My guess has always been yes, but I have yet to find a resource that discusses this, and I'm not willing to try it until I get a definite answer.

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    More than likely the Luger of WWII vintage would support a limited diet of +P but I strongly urge you to be content with garden variety 9 mm Parabellum ammo. As I remember the submachine gun 9 mm rounds were not recommended for use in Lugers or P-38s. Given the age of the gun, its value, probable lack of use history, its somewhat fragile design, and the fact that we don;t want you injured just shoot standard velocity ammo and be happy. I sure wish I had not traded off my pristine DWM long ago.

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    • #3
      Don't think you want to try it!

      I don't think the bolt assembly could handle the added pressure creating additional bolt velocity coming back.

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      • #4
        By the way a Luger of any barrel length except for the longest versions with a loaded magazine is one of the most natural pointing pistols I have ever handled. Just point and shoot like with a Colt SAA, 1911, or properly stocked M-19 six incher and the bullet finds its way to the target.

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        • #5
          No. During the war, the hotter loaded stuff was marked as such for one specific weapon. 8mm for the MGs were stamped and 9mm for the MP38/40 was stamped.

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          • #6
            I consider the P-08 an eminently "shootable" piece, but I wouldn't risk affecting collector value or pushing the envelope for a necessary repair on a pistol like this.

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            • #7
              Thanks, all. This is what I figured. There is not a single good reason to put +P thru this thing, but I had to know.

              Yes, this thing does point like a wand. It's unbelievable. It's infinitely fun to shoot.

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              • #8
                My friend, I am a Luger expert and have collected them for over 20 years. And this is right out of Fred Datig's "The Luger Pistol." A Luger can handle 10 times the chamber pressure it was designed for. It is the strongest 9mm platform for a handgun that was ever created. Your GUN WILL HANDLE IT! I assure you! These people do not no anything. The possibility of breaking an ejector or ejector exists with any ammo.

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                • #9
                  continue: The reason why A lot of Luger's will not function properly is because the ammunition is not hot enough! Again anytime an ejector or extractor can break on a gun that is over 50 years old, but it will NOT blow up in your face due to high powered ammo.This thing can handle UZI ammo This is a solid fact and the sources are from the most respected Luger expert in the world, Fred Datig.

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