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Unread 07-03-2024, 07:15 PM   #1
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I just bought my first Luger (1939 Mauser S/42) cleaned and oiled it, and fired 1 magazine of regular WWB 115 grain. It functioned perfectly however upon inspecting it when I got home, I noticed some peening on the toggle knob and frame rails. There are also some scratches on the inside back of the frame. I honestly can’t remember if the peening was on the gun when I bought it because I needed a magnifying glass to spot it, but I do remember the finish was already worn in those spots.

I am thinking that somebody fired some hot +P or subgun ammo through it at some point. I only go shooting once a year so the pistol will most likely be a safe queen but my question is…do you think the peening will cause issues if it is ever fired again?

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Unread 07-03-2024, 07:43 PM   #2
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I can't imagine how these points could not be "peened". The toggle knobs striking the rear frame ramps is what makes a toggle action work. I think you can go ahead and fire the bejeebers out of it.
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Those are the common wear points on a P08. All of mine have the same bright spots.
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Thanks for the replies. I was mostly concerned about the dents on the edges of the knobs and ramp and how it related to function. I assume the smoother the surfaces the better. Anyways, if you say it is normal wear and tear then that is all that I needed to hear.

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I usually throw a little grease on the shiny spots, it probably cuts down on the wear and tear, and stays put better than oil.
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The wear doesn't look particularly extensive. Doug's tip about lubricating the interface certainly can't hurt.

Talk about peening! I had a 90s Stainless Luger for a while. When it arrived, there was enough metal displaced in the same area to present a "lip" that had been upset towards the inside of the frame. A few licks of a file took it back down to flush.
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You got great answers above. You did right in asking questions. This is a wonderful place to learn and there are so many helpful folks on the forum.
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The toggle knobs striking the rear frame ramps is what makes a toggle action work. I think you can go ahead and fire the bejeebers out of it.
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