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Hello all, i just acquired my first Luger. its a 1916 DWM with no unit markings, serial #72xx. The pistol itself is in ok shape and fires fine except for one thing. After you fire each shot you have to pull the slide back about a half an inch in order to get the firing pin to lock back. each round cycle's but the pin doesn't stay cocked.

Any ideas what is wrong?

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Is it actually not "locking back", or ?? I mean, it fires the first round, it would have to be cocked if it actually spit out the last one. Or is it that the toggle does not close all the way?

Welcome to the forum, pictures of your 1916 is always desired, to include suffix at the front of the frame, proofs, etc.

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Cooter,

This should be a relatively simple problem to fix, and there are people here who can speak to the problem authoritatively. I will say only that you should refrain from firing this Luger until it is fixed, you have serious potential for slam fire/full auto operation, not a surprise to look forward to.

--Dwight
 
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Dwight, i agree about the slam fires.

Weima_Police, it is doing a full cycle but it seems that the firing pin is skipping over the peice of metal that holds it back. when i pull the slide back i can hear it catch, then it fires and it starts all over again.
its been a couple of days since i shot it but i think it does lokc back after teh last round. can't really remember, i was focusing on the not cocking issue.

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Cooter,

congrats on owning a Luger! I suspect the sear is US (Unfit for Service). Either that and/or the side plate is loose. I recommend removing the sear and checking whether the springs are OK (the long flat one and the small spiral). Then, try cycling the action while applying pressure on the side plate. If it only works with your thumb on the side plate, the catch needs adjusting. Really, it´s a job for a qualified Luger gunsmith. It wouldn´t do much harm for him to give the gun a general look over (& maybe replace the springs with a new set of Wolfe´s - you can order them on the web).
 

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I had a Luger with the same problem. I had a skilled machinist who knows Lugers rework the trigger lever, which is on the trigger plate or side plate. And now it works just fine. I strongly suggest that you follow the advice of the forum. And get your Luger in the hands of a good gunsmith.
 
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