One of the coolest guns I’ve ever fired…

Like many Americans during World War II, Carl Anderson felt the patriotic pull and in 1944 joined the Army. In January of 45 he landed in France and along with the rest of the 66th Infantry Battalion, started a long and cold march across Germany. During one stretch they were engaged in combat for 58 days straight!

Like many American soldiers Corporal Anderson collected a few trinkets along the away. His record of items shipped home included a German hunting knife, a baby dress and various other incidentals for family and friends. One thing not listed was a 9mm German Luger pistol. CPL Anderson’s grandson, Chris Ellis remembers, “When I was young I would go over to visit Poppa Carl and we would set on his bed and he would show me how to take the Luger apart.”

Unlike some of the other souvenirs Anderson acquired, he came about the Luger in a rather unique way. It seems CPL Anderson and several other soldiers were clearing a building in a German city. Anderson stepped around a corner and a German soldier began shooting at him with a Luger. A bullet grazed Anderson’s neck but he quickly returned fire with his rifle, killing the German. Figuring he’d earned it, CPL Anderson took the pistol and the holster. He carried that Luger the rest of the time he was in Germany.  Ellis said, “Pops told me he used the pistol frequently in combat.”

The Luger is in excellent shape and appears to have been manufactured about 1909.  Unlike many of the military Lugers you see at gun shows this pistol is of commercial manufacturer and both the holster and pistol are marked with what seems to be police unit markings. If that’s the case it would be interesting to know how the German soldier came to be armed with the Luger. Or maybe Pappa Carl shot it out with a German policeman. In any case, the Luger still functions perfectly and shoots very well.

It is without question one of the coolest guns I have ever fired.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to One of the coolest guns I’ve ever fired…

  1. rambowmikeoutdoors says:

    I want one of these!

  2. RG says:

    Now, instead of mrs. obama I see an ad on this page for taco bell ! this must be some kind of external ad company that some how attaches it’s crap to various web sites because I doubt Taco Bell is one of your sponsors. I took a screen shot of this in case the ad gets lost while communicating with about this. I don’t know how to attach a screen shot within this “reply” box. I could e mail it to you if you give me your e mail address.

  3. RG says:

    now in going back to your blog here the taco bell ad is gone!

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