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    Default Broken takedown lever spring repair

    I have a luger that has a broken takedown lever spring. I tried replacing the spring but promptly broke the replacement I recently purchased from Sarco as I was inserting the takedown lever.

    Is there a trick to inserting the new spring that might help me the next time?

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    Mike,

    It's hard to know, without knowing exactly what you did to install it. The post which exetends through the frame on a reproduction spring is often slightly larger in diameter than the hole it fits into; this may be part of your problem.

    Original springs are a perfect fit, you might want to see if you can track one down.

    --dwight

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    Postwar Mauser Parabellum springs are a good alternative.
    The part of the L-shape that goes into the frame is slighly longer on a PW Mauser, so there will be a visible 'knob' on the frame. I never bothered to shorten it on my shooter.

    Co-Author 'The Parabellum Is Back! 1945-2000'.

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    Mike,

    Have a look to the thread that past posted a week ago; I have answered another collector who had the same problem. In your case pay attention to the last lines my post. Good, well fitting springs can be ordered at LugerDoc Tom Heller (do a search on his name on this forum).
    This is the post: http://luger.gunboards.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11834
    Joop van de Kant, co - author of:
    "The Mauser Parabellum 1930-1946"
    Analysis of a Million Luger Pistols
    Web-site: www.the-mauser-parabellum.com

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    Guys,

    He's talking about the L-shaped spring of the takedown lever, not the holdopen spring

    Co-Author 'The Parabellum Is Back! 1945-2000'.

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    Gerben,

    I should learn to read word by word and not use my capability to read pages in one second

    Mike,
    Sorry for my mistake - wrong spring!
    Joop van de Kant, co - author of:
    "The Mauser Parabellum 1930-1946"
    Analysis of a Million Luger Pistols
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    Joop,

    Thanks for the reference to your earlier posts. I tried your instructions and have the new take down lever spring installed and the pistol seems to work fine.

    After installing the spring the proper way, I think I know now what I did wrong earlier to break the spring in the first place. Earlier, I thought that the spring I was using was an after market spring where the "L" portion of the spring didn't extend deep enough into the hole at the bottom of the frame. I know now that I didn't tap the new spring deep enough into place and when I installed it the take down lever must have met with sufficient resistance to break the spring.

    I'll know better next time.

    Thanks again.


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    Okay,

    Now I'm confused.You used instruction to replace a small leafspring on the holdopen to figure out how to install an L-shaped takedown lever spring? That's weird

    Co-Author 'The Parabellum Is Back! 1945-2000'.

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    Mike,
    Thank you for your kind words. Glad that you managed to succeed!

    Gerben,
    Sometimes a bit of magic works fine for all Luger springs...
    Joop van de Kant, co - author of:
    "The Mauser Parabellum 1930-1946"
    Analysis of a Million Luger Pistols
    Web-site: www.the-mauser-parabellum.com

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