Restoring Luger P08 Pistol
In my free time, I like to restore things found during excavations. This article is dedicated to the legendary pistol Luger P-08.
The Pistole Parabellum—or Parabellum-Pistole (Pistol Parabellum), commonly known as just Luger—is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol which was produced in several models and by several nations from 1898 to 1948. The design was first patented by Georg Luger as an improvement upon the Borchardt Automatic Pistol and was produced as the Parabellum Automatic Pistol, Borchardt-Luger System by the German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).
The Luger is well known from its use by Germans during World War I and World War II, along with the interwar Weimar Republic and the postwar East German Volkspolizei. The P.08 was introduced in 7.65mm Parabellum, though it is notable for being the pistol for which the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge was developed, also known as the 9×19mm Luger.
The Luger that I found, by its look was far from that beautiful one you saw at the beginning of the article. He was found at the bottom of the trench. The gun burned out, the cartridges in it exploded, corrosion penetrated deeply into the metal structure …
First of all, the gun was washed in water. Then for a month immersed in kerosene. This allowed to open the shutter and move some details.
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Then the gun was warmed up with a burner and cooled. The barrel had to be replaced because this one was too rusty. After cleaning and restoration of relics pistol, all mechanisms worked. Now it looks like this: