German Luger Disassembly Instructions

by Colin Campbell
Pistol magazine.

Pistol magazine.

The Luger P08 is a toggle-locked, recoil-operated, semiautomatic pistol. Developed by Georg J. Luger in 1898, it was made popular by its use in the German Armed Forces in World War I and World War II. It either fired 7.65 by 22mm Parabellum rounds or 9 by 29mm Parabellum rounds. The Luger continues to be a valued gun today for both its quality and craftsmanship, as well as its connections to Imperial-era and Nazi-era Germany.

1.

Remove the magazine of the gun, and check to make sure the pistol is unloaded. To relieve the tension in the spring, press the muzzle against a hard surface such as a desk or wall and move the barrel and receiver assembly back 1/4 inch, followed by turning the locking bolt to the vertical position.

2.

Remove the trigger plate assembly from the frame of the gun, then slide the entire barrel, receiver and breech assembly out of the receiver.

3.

Hold the ridged handles of the rear toggle link and pull it upward. This will buckle the rear and forward toggle links to relieve tension. Push the receiver axle in from the right side of the receiver, then withdraw it from the left side. Remove the toggle and breechblock assembly from the rear.

4.

Flip the toggle and breechblock assembly, and insert a screwdriver into the slot of the firing pin spring guide in the breech block. Push the guide in approximately 1/16 of an inch, followed by a 90-degree counterclockwise turn. This will allow the firing pin spring and guide to be removed. Make sure to not let the compressed spring explode out.

5.

Remove the firing pin, followed by removing the extractor by holding thumb over the breechblock and lifting the extractor and spring out of its seat.

References

  • "Luger P'08 Pistol, 9mm Assembly, Disassembly Manual"; Ray Riling Arms Books; 2004

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