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I've just aquired 1917 DWM Artillery Model Sn. 5005 h. It looks like it spent the last 80 years in some ones attic. About 60% pitted outside, but very good inside, with an excellent bore. Everything about it says "SHOOTER", but I can't get it to fire when assembled. Disassembled, the sear works fine with a thumbnail push, so I'm sure everything still works, but put together, it's a no go. I replaced the trigger lever, thinking this might be the problem, since it looked worn, but it wasen't. I don't want to do any filing on the trigger bar or the firing pin unless I'm sure I should! Can someone offer some advice, please?
 

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Try dry-firing the (unloaded) gun while exerting pressure on the side-plate. If it fires, you´ll need to re-fit the side-plate. Sometimes the side-plate catch needs to be re-bent in minute increments. Better to have it done by a gunsmith with experience with Lugers. There´s always a possibility that tinkering in this area could lead to full auto - and this is highly dangerous.

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villers: Nope. Pushing on the side plate did nothing. Full auto is why I'm hesitent to fool with the sear. If it worked when it was put away 80 years ago, why won't it work now? The sear clearance should have gotten less due to rusting, if anything, I would think.
 

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Fooled around with parts from my DWM Police Rework, and the fireing pin worked in the Artillery, so I ordered a new fireing pin and spring from Numrich, and now I'm a happy shooter of the 1917.
 
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