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Luger Pistols


Luger Pistols

The Luger semi-auto pistol was one of the first practical semi-auto pistols and its silhouette is one of the most recognizable in the world. The guns served the Germans through two World Wars and hundreds of thousands of the guns have been brought back by returning GIs and imported.

Bob Dunlap is a renowned expert on most of today and yesterdays important and obscure firearms. He has been a warranty station for most manufacturers, both large and small. His understanding of the design, function, and repair of firearms in general is unsurpassed, and his appreciation of European and exotic arms is legendary among his students. This course is designed to help all of you Luger owners who love the gun, but are a little mystified about its workings. In typical AGI fashion, we use a cut-a way gun,  although we almost cried when we cut up a beautiful 1938 Luger, that allows you to actually see how the various parts work and interact.

If you want the quick course on how to get this German classic semi-auto pistol apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)

Among the items covered are:


  • Several reference books discussed
  • Designed by Georg Luger, and was descended from the Borchardt pistol which also used a toggle lock which he got from Hiram Maxim
  • The gun is beautifully designed and made, tightly machined and very reliable as long as it is kept clean. It is not tolerant of dust and mud, a real failure for a military pistol
  • The gun was patented in 1898 and went into production in 1900.
  • The Germans through 1943 produced it, although it was officially replaced as the militarys primary service pistol by the Walther P-38 in.1938.

Design Variations

  • All Lugers have a sear blocking thumb safety. The majority have a thumb safety that it in the safe position when the lever is down. A few have a safety that is safe in the up position.
  • Many Lugers also have grip safeties that also block the sear when in the rearward position
  • Some of the guns also have a magazine disconnect safety that has a tab that blocks the rearward movement of the trigger when the magazine is out of the gun
  • Because the Germans knew that the Luger is one of the few semi auto pistols that will fire (without blowing up) with the top end off of the gun, a very few destined for the police and civilian market had a safety that prevented the sear from disengaging with the side plate off
  • Other variations shown, along with 32 round Snail Drum magazine

Design & Function

  • Demonstration and explanation of the operation of the toggle lock action
  • The bolt retaining pin, its limitations
  • Sear system operation and firing pin retraction shown, explained, and demonstrated.
  • The Rube Goldberg around the corner and over the hill trigger linkage shown and demonstrated as well
  • Trigger job discussed, but tendency to multiple with limp hold discussed, as well as cure. Pay attention!
  • Disconnector system operation shown
  • Thumb safety operation shown, simple, safe, effective
  • Slide and bolt operation shown, as well as the feed ramp setup
  • Take down lever function and operation demonstrated
  • How the bolt hold open catch is operated by the magazine loading button
  • The reason the S shaped mainspring in earlier guns was replaced with a coil spring and linkage
  • Extractor and ejector operation demonstrated
  • Loaded chamber indicator. Geladen


  • Extensive disassembly, and instructions on how to take apart those parts/assemblies not disassembled, and the reason that they should not be disassembled is explained
  • Three different types of magazine end cap retention shown, and one magazine disassembled
  • Grip and upper receiver removal
  • Upper receiver disassembled
  • Side plate disassembly
  • Lower receiver disassembled
  • Bolt and toggle disassembled
  • You get a good look at how the various parts fit together and interact (particularly the springs) after they are removed from the gun and Bob explains things

Cleaning & Lubrication

  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
  • After cleaning, dry with air gun, or in the oven on Warm ~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
  • Lubing the Bob way, and what kind he likes


  • Magazine reassembled
  • Side plate reassembled
  • Bolt and toggle, including firing pin and extractor, reassembly demonstrated
  • Firing pin protrusion spec given
  • Lower frame assembled
  • Upper receiver reassembled
  • Upper receiver reassembled on to lower, make sure strut and link get together
  • Grips and final reassembly


  • Be aware of the rules if you attach a shoulder stock
  • Original guns are prized, so aftermarket accessories are rare


  • Trigger problems discussed again
  • Failures to feed, cycling problems, their causes, and cures discussed. Do not use wimpy loads in a Luger, particularly longer barreled guns
  • What parts tend to break
  • Summary

If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Luger owner, or someone who intends to be.

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.