I really like this video because it shows not only how to manipulate the Luger, but he gives some tips on how to clear an odd gun. This skill set might be more useful than you think. How many people have had to clear out the gun safe of somebody who has passed away? Lots of guns, some could be old, and you don’t know the condition of ANY of them.
-Remember the 4 rules
-Search for the magazine release if its a semi-auto pistol. Generally its a button or a tab at the base of the mag well, but you never know.
-Look for Knurling! This is an important one, as a general rule guns are made smooth where you don’t need to touch them to make them easier to clean, and less likely to snag, but where you DO need to touch them there is often knurling. The grip panels, the front and backstrap, the magazine release, any safety controls, any takedown leavers or notches, and how you manipulate the action.
Look for the knurling and see what its attached to and how it might work. Of course ALWAYS follow the safety rules with an unknown gun, odd things can happen, like actuating the safety on an old P38 Walther, or flicking the decocking leaver on an old CZ-52 could result in an honest-to-goodness ACCIDENTAL discharge if the firing pin block is broken. I remember the first time I picked up a Ruger 22 pistol. It doesn’t have a slide, so how do I open the action? Easy look at those two knurled tabs at the back of the bolt!
Good stuff, and actually not as basic when you look at it that way!