The 9×19 Parabellum cartridge, also known as the 9mm Parabellum cartridge, is one of the most widely used handgun cartridges in history. There are few other cartridges that can rival it in popularity and historical import.
But let’s turn our focus on the pistol that helped make it what it is. The German Luger, paired with the cartridge, was first originally known as the Parabellum automatic pistol but made the 9mm Parabellum so famous that today it is more widely known as the 9mm Luger cartridge than as the former.
So, to take a closer look at the infamous Luger (which has been produced in a wide range of variants) – Is it accurate and reliable? And, even so, where can you get Luger parts when you need them?
Is the Luger Reliable and Accurate?
The original Luger weighed just one pound and was less than 9 inches long overall (with a barrel length of 4.7 inches). It featured a toggle-locking, semi-automatic action and was capable of a rate of fire of over 110 rounds per minute in the lands of a competent operator.
With an effective firing range of over 50 yards, it would only be fair to consider the Luger as an accurate handgun. In its day the Luger had such a reputation for reliability and accuracy that many models built during (and saw service in) World War I actually saw service in the Second World War.
What’s interesting about the Luger’s design is how the recoil mechanism operates. Many (if not most) semi-automatic pistols feature a slide action and a recoil spring. When the pistol is fired, the slide (but not the barrel) moves rearward, extracting the spent shell, before the kinetic energy stored in the recoil spring sends the slide forward, reloading the action.
The Luger, by contrast, features a toggle-locking mechanism that locks with the barrel when a round is fired; both the toggle and the barrel move rearward; when the toggle hits the frame’s cam, it unlocks from the barrel and extracts and ejects the fired mechanism.
Then the toggle and breach move forward utilizing the energy stored in a recoil spring, feeding a new round from the magazine into the chamber before resetting the action. Both the toggle and barrel move forward and the pistol is ready to be fired again. Despite its complexity, it is a very fast-cycling action and very reliable, when well cared for.
So would it be fair to suggest that the Luger is a reliable and accurate pistol? It certainly would be – but at the same time, Luger pistols, like all handguns, require considerable maintenance, cleaning, and attention. For example, operators that don’t take pains to keep their Luger handguns meticulously clean may experience trouble with resetting. Without proper care, cleaning replacing wear-heavy parts (like barrels) accuracy will also suffer.
Where Can You Find Luger Parts?
So, at the end of the day, you’re probably here looking for Luger parts for sale. This is a complex design with a lot of moving parts, and keeping them all operational takes a bit of work as well as know-how.
Whether you need a new toggle link, extractor spring, Luger barrel, or safety lever, keeping your pistol operational with these Luger parts is imperative and not a suggestive matter. Failed components like a fatigued mainspring or old magazine can also hobble the action of a pistol.
Visit SARCO, Inc., at SarcoInc.com for one of the widest selections of Luger parts in the industry. When it comes to keeping your firearms in a firing state, you’ll need not only the parts but also the experience to tie it all together; SARCO has both.
Visit their website today for more information or give them a call at 610-250-3960 to let them know what you need and they’ll help you find it.