So I held a Luger for the first time today


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FIVETWOSEVEN
February 6, 2010, 12:19 PM
But how can anyone use that mag release? I had to re-adjust my grip to press the mag release. I'm 6'4 and i could barely press it. Anyone else have this problem?

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jonnyc
February 6, 2010, 12:46 PM
Might need a bit of cleaning and lubing. Also, the spring might be a bit out of place. I shoot lefty and I find the release easy to use with my middle finger.
Maybe us little 5'9 guys are just tougher than you bean-poles;)

rcmodel
February 6, 2010, 01:11 PM
Drop & slam IPSC mag changes were not on anyones radar screen when the Luger was designed & being made.

They were more concerned with someone accidently dropping one on the ground and damagining the wood base plug or fragile feed lips.
Or losing it in combat.
They only gave you two magazines tested & serial numbered to the gun, and sent you off to fight.

They probably intended for a mag change to require both hands and some serious planning.

rc

The Lone Haranguer
February 6, 2010, 02:52 PM
I have no experience with the Luger, but almost any handgun will require you to shift your grip at least slightly. If the button is positioned so it can be touched in a firing grip, you will find yourself dumping your magazine while shooting.

HisSoldier
February 6, 2010, 05:34 PM
The magazine catch on a Luger is in the same place as it is in the 1911.

FIVETWOSEVEN
February 6, 2010, 11:12 PM
the problem i have is reaching it, not pressing it.

REAPER4206969
February 6, 2010, 11:57 PM
Rotate the pistol in your hand to press the mag catch.
At :33
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTr8xvkUWp4



Interesting video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJFTmnG17ew

Pilot
February 7, 2010, 07:14 AM
I find the Luger's mag release pretty ergonomic. Its relatively large and a very small twist of the hand gets it. I do have long fingers though.

The Lone Haranguer
February 7, 2010, 08:52 AM
The magazine catch on a Luger is in the same place as it is in the 1911.

http://www.lonesentry.com/manuals/german-infantry-weapons/pics/02-luger-pistol-and-magazine.jpg

Some gunwriter once wrote that the 1911 copied that location.

mgmorden
February 8, 2010, 09:42 PM
I've always just chalked it up to having small hands, but personally I can't reach the mag release on anything from a firing position. For that reason I prefer ambidextrous releases. Although it takes a deliberate motion, I can drop a mag with the left handed release by pulling back my middle finger and pressing it. Only a small subset of my guns have that extra release button though.

jonnyc
February 8, 2010, 09:53 PM
You now know the lefty shooter secret!

MCgunner
February 8, 2010, 10:01 PM
Ruger P85/95 has an ambi release. Push forward to drop magazine. I don't have a problem with any of mine and I have a P08 type gun, .22LR, but same ergos and grip angle. I love the grip angle on the P08. My Mk II Ruger is similar. I don't much care for the .22/45's grip angle by comparison. P08s don't really balance that well for me, though, sorta butt heavy in the hand.

I agree that speed reloads IPSC style weren't really that big a deal in 1908.

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