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Old 04-12-2019, 7:36 PM
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the barrel on a luger most slide to the rear a bit before the toggle will lift
try holding the grip frame and push the muzzle against something see if it moves try lifting the toggle at the same time might help free it up
also try beating on the muzzle with a rubber mallet

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Old 04-13-2019, 11:49 AM
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Best thread I have seen in a while. More pics and updates please!
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:13 PM
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So after 5 days in the electrolysis tank and a large can of PB Blaster, there is no more rust. There is however plenty of scale that is a challenge to remove, but it does come off with effort. Used a block of wood and hammer to crack things loose and eventually got it open and apart. The take down lever was already broken and frozen tight so I sacrificed it using vise grips to get the thing taken apart. The internals are actually pretty good, but some springs and missing and other are shot. The bore and chamber are pretty good too. I will have to see how easy taking apart all the little components will be. Right now it is soaking in gasoline since that seems to soften the scale. If I can get the small assemblies apart and can afford to buy the replacement parts this thing will be shoot able. This is where a rusty 1911 would be cheaper and less complicated to resurrect.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:21 PM
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:41 PM
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Great thread. Care to share the story behind this find?
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Nicely done. It makes wonder about the people who go out to old battlefield in Europe and find Mosins, Mausers, MP-40s, PPS. I used to think that the guns they found were all nothing but paperweights but after seeing your resurrection of your Luger I can help but thing some of those old war horses could be made operable again.
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I soaked the mess of crusty, scaly parts in a bath of Muriatic acid and water mix for 3-4 hours. With some time, patience and some scrubbing got every bit of scale and residual rust off and out of every crevice in the slide and frame. All the small parts loosened up and I was able to get it all apart with the exception of the safety in the frame and grip screws. The frame is now soaking in a mix of ATF and Gasoline to help penetrate in the small orifices and loosen up the few remaining things. The bore has decent lands and groves, but has two pits that certainly won't help with accuracy. A new round will drop right in the chamber will no issues so loading a round to shoot if I get that far won't be a problem. Maybe after the first few rounds the pits will fill in? LOL.
Since I know nothing about Lugers I now need to see what parts I need to buy. Grips, Magazine, take down lever and some springs (gotta figure out which ones) and go from there.
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Amazing progress so far. It looks a lot better than I expected it would at this point.
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that's pretty cool, keep up the good work.
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That gun is gonna shoot!

Great thread, thx!
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Since I know nothing about Lugers I now need to see what parts I need to buy. Grips, Magazine, take down lever and some springs (gotta figure out which ones) and go from there.
This might help


https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-man...rer/luger/p-08

And if you browse more on Numrich. They have excellent numbered parts lists.

As well as the "LUGER DUDES" here on CG "Curio n Relic" forum will be a wealth of info.

https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/...splay.php?f=84

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Nice! Now look up home parkerization (if you can boil water you can do it) and your set.
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Nice! Now look up home parkerization (if you can boil water you can do it) and your set.
Park comes out far better when you sandblast first.
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Awesome thread! Thanks for all the photos!

Any chance you will share the backstory on this? Even if it's boring...
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Any chance you will share the backstory on this? Even if it's boring...
From the looks of it, he found it at the bottom of a lake where someone had a tragic boating accident. There was a whole cache of weapons down there I'll bet.
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From the looks of it, he found it at the bottom of a lake where someone had a tragic boating accident. There was a whole cache of weapons down there I'll bet.
Ha, It was in my Dad's garage when he passed away, hanging on a nail from the rafters. No clue were he got it. We served in WW2 in the Pacific, so unless the Japanese were using early Lugers, I doubt it was a bring back.

Well, this project may end up stalling from here unless I can find a decent source for used EARLY model 1900 Luger parts. This gun needs all new springs among other things, and it uses the very early double flat curved style mainspring, not the more common coil type. It also has the grip safety and that spring needs to be replaced too. My initial shopping basket wish list on Lugerman's website had me well over $600.00 in parts alone, and that is not accounting for something unknown. That's more than I want to spend for a novelty project.
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It's a bummer so many parts are so far gone.

Would you consider selling to someone willing to finish the project?
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It's a bummer so many parts are so far gone.

Would you consider selling to someone willing to finish the project?
Maybe so, I may have to go that route unless I find a cache of reasonably priced parts. It's either that or make it into some sort of an art piece. At this point someone with a parts resource (not me unfortunately) could essentially just reassemble it from here and shoot it. The hard part in this process is done. I have enjoyed bringing it back from the dead, and the transformation in just a week was far better than what I could have ever imagined.
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Maybe so, I may have to go that route unless I find a cache of reasonably priced parts. It's either that or make it into some sort of an art piece. At this point someone with a parts resource (not me unfortunately) could essentially just reassemble it from here and shoot it. The hard part in this process is done. I have enjoyed bringing it back from the dead, and the transformation in just a week was far better than what I could have ever imagined.
I find these types of resurrections very satisfying. I am always impressed when someone has the patience to take the time and do such a good job transforming something like that. In the past, I didn't have the patience for it. I think I am at an age now where it is possible...I have a few project guns sitting around, and I may start on one soon.

Good luck in the parts search. Who knows, maybe someone in the calguns community has some parts laying around...

I hope we get to see it in firing condition one day.

On a side note, I also enjoy seeing cars that are brought back from the dead.
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damn... I love resto threads like this! hopefully you're able to find those replacement parts for relatively cheap, so you don't have to give up. No one says you have to finish the resto in any particular time frame either. just buy parts here and there when you have spare cash and it won't be a significant drain on your wallet. Don't let the $$$ dissuade you because you've come so far. Buy a part here or there; it might take a long while or so, but i'm sure the satisfaction will be worth your time and effort
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That looks really good. You are doing a great job! It should shoot again. And if the pitting in the bore is not at the muzzle accuracy should not be effected either.

Wolf Springs has most of the springs you need.
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If you still can not find the springs you need you can also look at your local hardware store and match it up. I replaced a Martini-Henry striker spring this way.
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IMHO, $600 in parts isn't too bad to restore a piece like that.
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It's a bummer so many parts are so far gone.

Would you consider selling to someone willing to finish the project?
Yes, At this point I am out of options on finding parts, and the cost to buy them does not make sense to me. The gun will soon be for sale in the FS forum. I pm'd the two individuals that privately asked asked me if I would sell it, both with no replies. Cheers!
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How much you asking?
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I thought I had responded, but yes I want it and that’s fair
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All I can say, that is absolutely amazing. I love the story about finding it in your Dad's garage hanging from a nail in the rafters.
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Awesome thread OP! Thank you for taking the time to post. I know nothing of restoration but would have thought this was a paperweight too at the outset. Simply amazing recovery. And to think that there are folks crying when they get a spot of rust on a firearm?

P.S., who would have ever thought that the CA DOJ would be right and this was a "firearm" all along?


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Thank you for taking us along on its journey and sharing the story. I hope Ajax22 ends up with it eventually, and look very forward to the final outcome of bringing it back to life.


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