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Video – Will a German Luger Run HP Ammo?

Video - Will a German Luger Shoot HP ammo?

This was a short video we filmed one night when the subject came up about shooting modern HP ammo out of an old German P08 Luger. Speer Gold Dot 9mm Duty Ammo. Let me explain:

  1. It is not uncommon to run across people who may have a firearm but aren’t “gun people”. Maybe they inherited a gun? Maybe it’s just “the gun” their household has always had?

2. Inevitably when things get tough, someone will start thinking about pop’s old Luger and wonder if it’s safe to shoot? And will it work for “home defense”?


In the case of Lugers? Generally yes. Lugers are much stronger than people give them credit for. And if it will cycle HP ammo? And you ALREADY own it! It can certainly be pressed into “home defense” duty.

Right now many of my fellow gun people are scratching their heads since this logic doesn’t compute for them. But the short-circuit is emotional. Non-gun people don’t look for excuses to run to the gun shop and drop another 300-400-500-600-700 on a new toy. That’s a lot of money in the real world.

Or perhaps you would suggest they go and buy a $150 hi-point instead? Which…wait for it…a lot of times doesn’t run HP ammo well. Has a terrible, terrible safety. And…may only hold 8 shots. Functionally the same firepower as a Luger. And in most of these situations I am describing, these people rarely, if EVER, shoot.

My advice is to test pop’s gun for function. See if it shoots HP ammo? Clean it up. Understand the safety. And march on. It’ll be there if you need it. There is always a better choice, but don’t toss out good enough because of your own personal bias.




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