I recently purchased a 1940 P08. It's all matching but has been reblued, and I only bought it to use as a shooter. A few problems with it, and as this is my first Luger and I'm by no means an expert, I thought I'd ask for some input.
-First, in the sideplate, the pin will not go flush against the inside of the plate. It seems to butt up against the inside-side of the sideplate before coming against the bottom of the plate and no amount of force will make it go flush (admittedly, I haven't used more force than was required to pop it out in the first place).
-Second, when I release the toggle and let it go into battery, pull the trigger and nothing happens. I'm not sure if the trigger is not being set or if the toggle going into battery is touching off the firing mechanism. None of the parts (bar, sear, sear spring) look to be bent or worn. This happens almost every time. I haven't had the time to get to the range so I haven't tested with a live round to see if it's touching off the firing mechanism or not. I've disassembled the gun entirely, cleaned and oiled, and the problem has only gotten worse -- not once since I did so has the trigger set when I release the toggle. When I work the toggle with the upper removed from the frame the sear does set...Does this indicate that the issue in with the bit in the sideplate? Also should add that the sideplate had not been taken apart at the time I disassembled and cleaned the rest of it.
-Finally, and perhaps the most annoying -- the center toggle pin falls out. The tiny vertical axle pin that I suppose is meant to hold it in place is sheared off -- I assume whoever reblued the gun didn't notice the pin and sheared it off by hammering out the center toggle pin. I've given it (the vertical axle pin) a few experimental taps with a punch and hammer and it hasn't budged one iota. Any advice on getting it out? Even though the gun has been reblued and I plan to use it as a shooter, I'd rather replace that tiny pin than buy a mismatched toggle, but darn is it in there but good.
If pictures would help I can provide them. Thanks!