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Unread 06-28-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default 32 round snail drum

These are George andersons directions to me for loading the German Luger 32 round snail drum.
Then my experiences with fireing it!

First turn the crank one full turn and lock with button. You may be able to hand load a few rounds while the crank is locked. I don't bother. Spray an ample amount of light oil into the magazine through the tube (you may want to do this a day before).

Next, lock the loader in place over the throat of the mag and begin feeding rounds into it you will quickly find that you need to push them down with the plunger after each round.

I would recommend that on the first go with each of your mags that you only go to 20 rounds. If they prove to function well then you may want to top them off.

After you have finished loading the mags and before you remove the loader unlock the crank and let it slowly return to a resting position. After folding the handle into place you should see that the end of the handle points to the number on the face of the mag that corresponds to the number of rounds loaded. With the loader still in place tap the magazine body a couple of times to get the spring to open and put full tension against the rounds loaded. You may want to spray more oil down the tube to lube the rounds a bit.

Remove the loader and you should be ready to go. Be sure to wear old clothes as there will be alot of oil splattering around the gun and mag. Have fun. geo


Those are great directions! First loaded the 20 rounds, no problems except for a small one. The drum is difficult to seat with the bolt closed. I suspect the tension is too great and will not push the top round down enough to lock.
Secondly, with the bolt locked back, the bolt will not go forward and strip a round...I could not detect why but if the mag is slightly lowered a round can be stripped, enter the chamber, the mag is seated and it fires all rounds without a hitch!
I first fired the 20, as you suggested, the mag handle pointed to the 20 as you said, then the 32 rounds were loaded and again the mag handle indicated the number loaded.
I fired it with the original stock and at around 100 yards it fired to point of aim. I did not re align the sight but shot over it rapid fire, I sure as hell would not want to be in front of that kind of firepower! This would be a good weapon to defend a machine gun emplacement or sweep a trench!
I thank you very much for the help George...Jerry



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My Airborne Comrade,

Tha pic would be a wonderful Christmas card , especially to those of us in the frozen northeast .

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Dont be afraid to disassemble and grease the TM. Its easy to do and you will not need to spray oil down the tube.

I posted links for the dissassembly on this thread:
http://forum.lugerforum.com/showthread.php?t=18581

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John, A very interesting photo montage! Did you takr these photo's? Is there any written dialog to go along with this? Any pitfalls to know about..Any lube directions?

That drum looked to be filthy!
Thanks! Jerry Burney
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Now Eric, you need one of these, but good luck finding one, they are rare. They are controversial, but they work GREAT !

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Eric, Untill Harry decides to sell you his un loader..you simply use something like a flat headed screwdriver and push each individual cartridge out to un load. They will usually come right out as they are under spring pressure.
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Can't forget the 'dust cover. designd to fit over the end of the arm to prevent dirt for entering in. Eric
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Nice, hope to get a loader and unloader someday.

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Nice, hope to get a loader and unloader someday.

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I've got an unloader that I'm going to sell.
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