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Luger cocked & locked?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Khornet, Apr 14, 2003.

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  1. Khornet

    Khornet Member

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    a buddy just bought a Luger with 1940 markings, reblued but well done, in great shape. I seem to recall seeing some with grip safeties, maybe in older versions, but none on this one. Anyway, can such a pistol be carried cocked and locked?
     
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    I would not try it!! The safety ain't that strong!!! That's why the Deutchen went to the Walther P38!!
     
  3. BigG

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    Some of the pre-P08 Lugers had grip safeties. They were in 30 (7.65mm) Luger. I would be leery about carrying cocked as the little piece of metal that holds the striker back is pretty small. Some may disagree but metal can weaken over the years and fracture and that small tit is all that's keeping the striker away from the primer. The safety is very ungainly, also.
     
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    Another disaster averted

    by belonging to THR!
     
  5. Dr.Rob

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    Have to agree, the safety isn't that strong, and all it does is block the sear from moving sideways and tripping the striker, rather than blocking the striker itself. Still a neat pistol.
     
  6. Selfdfenz

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    A Lug....carried cocked and locked.....hmmmmmm.
    Why would he want to?
    S-
     
  7. JohnKSa

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    Actually, I wouldn't carry it at all.

    63 years hasn't helped the steel/springs/etc. in that gun any.

    Why carry an antique for self defense?

    I have some old guns too, including a couple older than your Luger. I shoot them, but if a 60+ year old part gives out at the range, it's almost certainly not going to cost me my life like it could if it happened to a carry gun in a pinch.

    Within the last week, WildAlaska posted about shooting a Luger he's had for years and having a part suddenly break.
     
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    Fun guns they are, but not for carrying chamber loaded!

    WildaccidnetwaitingtohappenAlaska
     
  9. Walt Sherrill

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    Cocked and locked? Probably safe.

    But I agree with others: the Luger is a pretty old gun, and I'd like a more modern gun for self-defense.

    You know: more rounds, easier to clear when you have a jam (and if my experience with Lugers is any indication, you'll have a few jams), and sights that actually help you "sight" the gun...

    Great, fun gun, however, and mine is very accurate. (Despite the horrid sights.)

    (Mine, fresh back from a trip to the gunsmith, and a new sear, went full auto at the range. Luckily I was using a crappy mag, and there were only 3 rounds that fired off.

    That was an interesting experience. There was a little burr on the small piece that acts as a decocker on the side...)

    One acquaintance, a very accomplished master-level IDPA shooter (4-gun master) once used a Luger to shoot the top time at a pretty well-attended IDPA match. The guns have some potential, in the right hands.
     
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