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WTK German Maxim 08-15 Lock

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#1 m1a1bert



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Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:57 PM



I am the new owner to a  German Maxim C&R 08-15. Just bought a nice german lock how do I tell if this lock will function in my Maxim? What are the steps to check?


Any help would be appreciated!f



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#2 Black River Militaria CII

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 08:37 AM

Google up MG08/15 and look at you-tube videos. You have a lot to learn so use the internet and find a copy of Dolf Goldsmith's " The Devil's Paintbrush" on the German Maxims or other books as well.

The standard German lock is common to both the MG08 and the MG08/15 so no problem there. 

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 09:13 AM

I google headspace but do not find anything. I know headspace can not be adjusted on the German locks but will a headspace gauge from brownwells or midway tell me anything? On the vickers I added spaces until it would not lock up on a headspace gauge then took some out until it did lock up. The procedure in the vickers book was just to subjective for me, it seemed to rely on feel, which does not work if you have never "felt" how a correct headspace feels like. Thanks bubba for your posts always good info.
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#4 BillyDixon


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 06:16 PM

over the years ive owned several o8 and o8-15s ive bought lock assys and drop in and work fine ,ive swapped locks between guns and never a problem,just sayn

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 07:41 PM

I would have to agree - I have yet to run into a lock that did not work in any of the German guns.  Weak firing pin springs are a different problem.  Dolf used to do a coil spring conversion, but I only have one of my locks fixed that way.  I wish some one would start doing those in a cost effective manner......

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