1. Front sight
5. Receiver axle
7. Trigger bar
8. Trigger bar plunger pin
9. Trigger bar plunger spring
10. Trigger bar plunger
11. Coupling link
12. Coupling link pin
13. Rear toggle link
14. Toggle axle
15. Toggle axle pin
16. Forward toggle link
18. Breechblock pin
19. Extractor pin
20. Extractor spring
22. Firing pin
23. Firing pin spring
24. Firing pin spring guide
26. Hold-open latch
27. Hold-open latch spring
28. Magazine catch
29. Recoil lever
30. Recoil lever pin
32. Mainspring guide
33. Locking bolt
34. Locking bolt spring
35. Trigger plate
36. Trigger lever pin
37. Trigger lever
39. Trigger spring
40. Magazine catch spring
41. Safety bar
42. Safety catch
43. Safety pin
44. Grip (2—right-hand grip not shown)
46. Magazine (shown partially withdrawn)
qucnt field trial which resulted in ultimate rejection of the design.
In 1902, Deutsche Waffcn und Mu-nitionsfabriken (DWM), manufacturer of the Lugcr pistol, offered the Model 1902 chambered for a new 9 mm. cal. rimless cartridge.
Designated the 9 mm. Parabcllum, this new development was destined to become the world's most widely used pistol and submachine gun cartridge.
The Model 1902 was subsequently unprov cd to become the Model 1904, adopted in 1904 by the German Navy. Although chambered for the 9 mm. Parabcllum cartridge, it had the same grip safety, toggle lock, and flat mainspring of earlier models. The year 1904 also saw the introduction of the Lugcr carbine with extra-long barrel, wooden forearm, and detachable shoulder stock.
In 1906 DWM offered the improved Model 1906. which featured a coilcd
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disassembly procedure of receiver and frame
In disassembling receiver (3), ejector (4) is removed by inserting blade of small screwdriver under rear end of ejector in recess provided in the receiver wall and prying up gently. Reassemble ejector by sliding it back into position from the rear until it snaps into place. Pry up forward end of trigger bar spring (6) with screwdriver blade and slide spring forward and out of its slot. Trigger bar (7) may be lifted out of its recess in left side of receiver with the fingers.
In disassembling frame, grips are removed by unscrewing the two grip screws (45). Trigger (38) can be lifted out of frame with the fingers, using care not to lose trigger spring (39) which is seated at the top of trigger. Magazine catch spring
(40) may be pressed sideways out of its recess in frame with tip of small screwdriver. Magazine catch (28) may now be dropped out of right side of frame. Locking bolt (33) may be removed with the fingers. In reinserting locking bolt, it will be necessary to overcome tension from locking bolt spring (34) which is installed in frame inside locking bolt hole. Removal of this spring is not recommended unless necessary for replacement. Hold-open latch (26) and spring (27) are removed by lifting rear end of latch slightly and pressing down and to the rear on latch, disengaging latch and spring assembly from frame. Safety catch (42) and safety bar
(41) are removed by drifting out safety pin (43) from inside of frame. Disassembly of recoil lever (29), mainspring (31), and mainspring guide (32) should be left to a competent gunsmith. Strong compression of mainspring will project guide with considerable force if lower end of guide is carelessly slipped out of its seat. While it is possible to reassemble mainspring and guide to recoil lever by hand, it is extremely difficult, requiring considerable effort.
1 Remove magazine and check to be sure pistol is,unloaded. Press muzzle against a hard surface, moving barrel and receiver assembly back on frame about Va" to release tension on recoil spring, then turn locking bolt (33) to vertical position as shown
2 Lift out trigger plate assembly (35) from frame, as shown. When reassembling pistol, trigger lever (37) in trigger plate must fall into its slot in trigger (38) and small lip at rear of trigger plate must be inserted under side of frame in recess provided
3 Slide complete barrel, receiver, and breech assembly forward and out of receiver as shown. During this operation, note the position of the coupling link (11) with relation to recoil lever (29) in rear of frame for reference in reassembly
4 Grasp knurled knobs of rear toggle link (13) and pull upward, buckling rear and forward toggle links (13 & 16) slightly to relieve tension. Press receiver axle (5) in slightly from right side of receiver with finger tip. Axle may now be grasped from left side of receiver and withdrawn. Toggle and breechlock assembly can now be withdrawn from the rear of receiver
5 Invert toggle and breechblock assembly and insert a screwdriver blade in slot in firing pin spring guide (24) in rear of breechblock (17). Press guide in about 1 / 16" and turn counterclockwise Va turn and allow firing pin spring guide and firing pin spring (23) to come out, taking care not to allow compressed spring to escape. Firing pin (22) can now be dropped out rear. Extractor (21) may be removed by holding thumb over top of breechblock and extractor, and drifting out extractor pin (19), allowing extractor to pop up. Lift extractor out and extractor spring (20) may now be lifted out of its seat
6 The above steps complete normal field stripping necessary for cleaning and lubrication. Reassembly is accomplished in reverse order. When replacing barrel, receiver, and breech assembly on frame, be sure coupling link (11) suspended from rear end of toggle assembly drops into its proper place in front of inclined upper arms of recoil lever (29). The proper relationship of these parts assembled is shown here rather than flat mainspring. This was the first of the so-called New Model Lugcrs and all earlier versions were thus automatically grouped in the Old Model category. The Model 1906 was equipped with grip safety but lacked the toggle-locking device found on earlier models.
Despite relatively early adoption by the German Navy, the German Army-waited until 1908 to adopt what became known as the Pistole 08 or Model 1908 Lugcr pistol. Of coilcd mainspring tvpe, the Model 1908 was of 9 mm. Para-bcllum calibcr and lackcd the grip-safety feature. Early Model 1908 Lugcrs were not fitted with the hold-open dc-vicc subsequently adopted.
Shortly after Army acccptance of the Pistole 08. an additional manufacturing facility was established in Erfurt, Germany, at the Roval Arsenal. All Lugcr pistols issued to German forccs during the World War I period were manufactured bv DWM or at Erfurt. During and after World War I a flood of war-souvenir Lugcr pistols were brought to the U. S. by returning servicemcn. Additional quantities were imported by various arms dealers. Many of these pistols were assembled from parts or rebuilt in such manner that they operated unreliably. In many instances original proof, manufacturer's, and service markings had been obliterated or ground off. A comparatively few dealers succcedcd in obtaining good-quality Lugcr pistols for the U. S. market.
After World War I the firm of Sim-son & Company, loeated in Suhl, Germany, furnished the Lugcr pistols used by the new 100,000-man German Rcichswchr authorized by the Versailles Treaty. This contract was completed in 1932. In 1930 production of Lugcr pistols was resumed by the Mauser firm in Obcrndorf, Germany, with production continued during World War II.
The firm of Ilcinrich Kricghoff also producccl a quantity of Lugcr pistols for the German Luftwaffe during the early
German production of the Lugcr pistol ceased with the termination of World War II. although a few guns were assembled for occupation forccs after the war was over.
Lugcr pistols were at one time producccl in England by the Vickers firm and by Swiss government-subsidized arsenals. As of this date, however, no Lugcr pistols are being manufactured.
It is important to note that several different models of the Lugcr pistol exist.
Basic field disassembly is the same for all models, although the prcscncc or abscncc of grip safety, toggle lock, hold-open device, etc., will affcct procedures for detailed disassembly. -■■
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