Michael Zeleny (larvatus) wrote,
Michael Zeleny

the 9mm pistol 49: instructions for armorers

65.317 d
The 9mm Pistol 49
(Pist. 49)
Instructions for Armorers
Valid from 1 October 1966

VIII.66 - 5000 - 12960 

a) Personal copies:
    —To all small arms repair officers.
    —To all small arms repair non-commissioned officers.
    —To all military gunsmiths.
b) Command copies:
    —To all service departments for troops: two copies.
    —To the Military Department: two copies.
    —To the war materiel administration: two copies for themselves and 300 copies for the armory depot.
    —To all headquarters and units of the material service: two copies.

Reports and inquiries by military armorers concerning technical matters must be addressed to the unit commander and forwarded by him through the official channels and the appropriate small arms repair officer to:
Armorer Schools
3048 Worblaufen

Training Regulations
The 9 mm Pistol 1949

(Dated 18 April 1966)

On the basis of Article 5(1)(c) of the order of the Federal Military Department dated 11 December 1961 on the enactment of military service regulations.

A. Introduction


The 9 mm Pistol 49 with magazine inserted

1. General

The 9 mm Pistol 49 is an semiautomatic handgun. For reloading, the recoil energy is utilized (recoil operation). The breech is locked at the moment of shooting.

As a self-loading handgun, the pistol is a close combat weapon.

The pistol fires the 9 mm Pistol Cartridge 41 (9 mm Pist. Pat. 41) from the magazine loaded with 8 cartridges.

2. Technical Specifications

Caliber 9 mm
Barrel length 120 mm
Number of rifling grooves 6
Depth of the rifling  grooves 0.125 mm
Rate of twist 1 in 250 mm
Sight radius 164 mm
Weight  of the pistol without magazine 885 g
Weight of the empty magazine 85 g
Maximum chamber pressure 2600 atm
Muzzle velocity 350 m/s

B. Construction and Components

I. The Weapon

1. General (FIG 2)

The main groups are:
—the stationary assembly;
—the moving assembly;
—the magazine.


Main Groups
1 Stationary assembly
2 Moving assembly
3 Magazine

2. The Stationary Assembly (FIG. 3)

It comprises the following components:
—Recoil spring assembly
—Frame with: Channel for the slide stop
                        Safety lever
                        Grip plates
                        Grip screws
                        Lanyard loop
                        Magazine catch


The Stationary Assembly
4 Frame
5 Lock housing
6 Recoil spring
7 Slide stop
8 Trigger
9 Grip plates
11 Safety lever
12 Lanyard loop
13 Magazine catch
14 Slide stop pin channel
15 Hammer
16 Mainspring and stirrup
17 Sear
18 Pressure point lever
19 Ejector

Inside, not visible in the picture, there is the magazine safety, which prevents firing with the magazine removed.

—Lock housing with: Hammer
                                    Pressure point lever

—Slide stop, as a connecting piece between the moving and the stationary assemblies of the weapon.

3. The Moving Assembly (FIG. 4)

It includes:
Slide with: front and rear sight, slide stop notch
                   (With an empty magazine, the slide stop is retained here)
                   Firing pin spring
                   Firing pin
                   Firing pin retaining plate

Barrel with: Locking lugs
                    Control curve for locking and unlocking.


The moving assembly
21 Slide
22 Front sight
23 Rear sight
24 Slide rails
25 Barrel
26 Locking lugs
27 Firing pin
28 Firing pin spring
29 Firing pin plate
30 Control curve

II. The Magazine


The magazine
35 Magazine body
36 Magazine insert
37 Magazine floorplate
38 Magazine spring
39 Magazine follower


Pistol in cross-section
7 Slide stop
15 Hammer
16 Mainspring and stirrup
17 Sear
18 Pressure point lever
26 Barrel locking lugs
30 Control curve
42 Trigger bar

III. Accessories

Equipment for each Pistol 49
    1 leather holster
    1 carrying strap
    2 magazines
    1 cleaning kit

The spare parts are included in the armorer’s kit.


3 Magazines
50 Carrying strap
51 Leather holster
52 Cleaning kit
53 Grease can
54 Accessory pouch


The Cleaning Kit
55 Cleaning kit body
56 Cleaning kit base
57 Cleaning rod section, solid
58 Cleaning rod section, rotatable
59 Wire bore brush
60 Bore patch holder
61 Bristle bore brush

C. Handling the Pistol 49

1. Loading
To load the pistol the shooter holds it in the right hand, the trigger finger extended outside the trigger guard.
—Put on safe
—Remove the empty magazine
—Insert the loaded magazine
—loading movement

2. Spare magazine
—Remove the empty magazine
—Insert loaded magazine
—Pull the slide back and let it run forward
—Resume fire
The pistol is always pointed in the direction of the target.

3. Unloading
For unloading the shooter holds the pistol in the right hand, the trigger finger extended outside the trigger guard.
—Put on safe
—Remove the magazine
—Use the little finger of the right hand to cover the magazine well opening at the bottom of the frame, slowly pull back the slide with the left hand until the cartridge falls into the magazine well and is caught by the small finger of the right hand.
—Check whether cartridges are free of bearings
—Close the slide
—Insert the empty magazine
—Release the safety catch
—(Pistol pointed at the ground or the target)
—Put on safe

4. Safety Lever Operation
The safety lever is operated with the left hand; the trigger finger should be extended outside the trigger guard.

D. Disassembly and Reassembly of the Pistol

1. Field stripping for routine cleaning and after shooting.

a) Disassembling
—Remove the magazine
—Removing the moving assembly:
    With the right hand gun according to FIG. 9, pull back the movable assembly and at the same time push in the slide stop pin from the right with the left hand index finger. After approx. 5 mm of travel, the slide stop moves to the left and can be removed completely. Pull the slide with the barrel and the recoil spring assembly to the front.
—Hold the recoil spring assembly at the rear end, swing it outwards and pull it out to the rear.
—Hold the barrel at the rear end, swing it outwards and pull it out to the rear.
—Removing the firing pin from the slide:
    Push in the end of the firing pin with the slide stop pin and then push the firing pin retaining plate downwards (prevent the firing pin and the firing pin spring from flying out).
—Remove the firing pin and firing pin spring.
—Remove the lock assembly from the frame by pulling upwards at the hammer.


Grip for Removing the Slide Stop

b) Reassembly
—Insert the lock assembly into the frame.
—Installation of the firing pin in the slide: Press the firing pin together with the firing pin spring into the hole and slide in the firing pin plate; the end of the firing pin must snap into the hole in the plate.
—Insert the barrel and the recoil spring assembly into the slide.
—Push the moving assembly as far as the stop on the hammer into the slide rails of the frame.
—Insert the slide stop as far as it will go, then pull it back with the right hand (grip as shown in Fig. 9) and simultaneously press the slide stop until it snaps in completely.
—Check function.

FIG 10

Field stripping for routine cleaning and after shooting
4 Frame
5 Lock
6 Recoil spring
7 Slide stop
21 Slide
25 Barrel
27 Firing pin
26 Firing pin spring
29 Firing pin plate

2. Disassembly for thorough cleaning

a) Disassembling
— Disassembly for routine cleaning (# 1)
—Remove the grip plate screw
—Remove the grip plates
—Disassemble the magazine according to section 3

FIG 11

Disassembly for thorough cleaning
4 Frame
5 Lock
6 Recoil spring
7 Slide stop
9 Grip plate left
10 Grip plate right
21 Slide
25 Barrel
27 Firing pin
28 Firing pin spring
29 Firing pin plate
65 Grip plate screw

b) Reassembly
—Reassemble magazine
—Mount the grip plates and screw them tight
—Other components as per 1
—Check function

3. Magazine
a) Disassembling
—Hold the magazine in the left hand, floorplate up, thumb on the side of the magazine floorplate flush with the magazine back wall.
—Use the slide stop pin to push in the peg of the magazine base insert projecting into the hole of the magazine floorplate and at the same time push the magazine floorplate forward with the thumb.
—Pull out the magazine floorplate, the thumb of the left hand preventing the magazine floorplate insert and the magazine spring from flying out.
—Slowly release the magazine spring.
—Remove the magazine floorplate insert.
—Remove the magazine spring from the magazine body together with the follower.
b) Reassembling
—In reverse order.
—When inserting the magazine floorplate, make sure that the peg of the magazine floorplate insert snaps into the hole of the magazine floorplate correctly.
When assembling, the shortened end loop of the magazine spring must lie below the follower (for magazines of recent construction, the spring remains connected to the follower by a clip).

FIG 12

35 Magazine body
36 Magazine base insert
37 Magazine floorplate
38 Magazine spring
39 Magazine follower

E. Maintenance

The carrier of the pistol is responsible for the constant readiness of the weapon.

I. Cleaning the gun

1. General

Store the gun in a dry place; moisture or rapid temperature change is detrimental and promotes rust formation. If the weapon is not used for an extended period of time, it must be well greased, in particular the barrel and the parts left in the white.

The gun must be cleaned immediately after shooting. If this is not possible, at least the bore must be greased immediately with the bristle brush.

2. Routine cleaning (FIG. 10)

—Disassembly for routine cleaning
—Clean the pistol and accessories with a dry cloth (during cleaning after cleaning, clean the barrel)
—Lubrication according to lubrication instructions
—Reassemble the pistol
—Check function
—Check materials

3. Thorough cleaning (FIG. 11)

—Disassembly for thorough cleaning
—Components and accessories (barrel included)
—Detailed control, lubrication according to lubrication rule and pistol reassembly
—Check function
—Check materials

4. Cleaning the barrel

—Thoroughly remove powder residues with a greased wire brush
—Clean the bore with cotton patches
—Check the inside of the barrel for cleanliness
—Grease the bore with the bristle brush

II. Lubrication

Weapon Parts Storage:
Bore and chamber Automatic
All blued and white parts
(or Parkerized parts)
Impact parts degrease degrease

Weapon lubricant designation: Automatic grease (Automatenfett) 116.164 (ALN 9150-335-4806)

III. Special Measures for Cold

The shooting preparation is to be carried out as with the other weapons.
The firing pin must always be degreased.

F. Functioning

1. Function of the trigger

The trigger can only be operated when the weapon is fully unlocked and the magazine is inserted.

In the case of a ready-to-fire weapon the firing system is cocked, i.e. the hammer is locked to the sear and the mainspring is compressed.

FIG 13

Hammer cocked, trigger in resting position
8 Trigger
15 Hammer
17 Sear
18 Pressure point lever
42 Trigger bar

By pulling the trigger, the trigger rod slides rearwards, which in turn pivots the sear and reduces its engagement with the hammer. Shortly before the hammer can be released from the sear, the sear bears against the pressure point lever and increases the resistance to the trigger finger.

After the trigger finger overcomes the palpable increase in resistance (pressure point), the hammer releases itself from the sear, accelerates forward under the power of the mainspring, and strikes the protruding end of the firing pin. The firing pin tip hits the cartridge primer and fires the shot.

FIG 14

Pressure point control, the sear bears upon the pressure point lever
8 Trigger
15 Hammer
17 Sear
18 Pressure point lever
42 Trigger rod

The hammer is recocked when the slide is recoils rearwards; it snaps back into place on the sear. At the same time, the trigger rod is pushed down by the slide, and its connection to the sear is interrupted.

The next shot can only be fired after the trigger has been released and the sear reconnects to the trigger by way of the trigger rod.

FIG 15

Slide in the rear position, sear pivoted downwards, trigger rod disconnected

2. The safety notch

This serves to catch the hammer, as it might slip out of hand while being cocked, before it can strike the firing pin. When the hammer is released from the safety notch, its impact force no longer suffices to ignite the cartridge.

FIG 16

Hammer held by the safety notch

3. Unlocking, Reloading, and Locking

The weapon is locked at the moment of shooting. The locking lugs of the barrel engage in the locking grooves of the slide. The barrel is fixed in place by the slide stop pin.

The pressure of the combustion gases drives the projectile out of the barrel and at the same time pushes back the slide along with the barrel that is locked thereto. After a short conjoined recoil, the breech end of the barrel is lowered by the slide stop pin sliding in the control curve. Its breech end is detached from the slide and lowers into its bed in the frame. The weapon is unlocked.

FIG 17

Barrel locked to the slide
4 Frame
7 Slide stop pin
21 Slide
25 Barrel

FIG 18

Slide with barrel unlocked

Barrel abuts against the frame. Separation of the slide from the barrel. A = common recoil path of barrel and slide (6.4 mm).

FIG 19

Slide in rearward position (full recoil position). Slide starts to return into battery.

The slide continues its return movement until it gets in battery.

As the slide travels rearwards, the extractor pulls the cartridge case out of the chamber and carries it rearwards until the bottom of the cartridge case abuts the ejector nose; the cartridge case is then ejected to the right through the ejection port.

The recoil spring, which is compressed by the return stroke, pushes the slide forward, and thereby propels the next cartridge out of the magazine into the chamber.

The last part of the forward movement of the slide takes place jointly with the barrel, with the control curve pivoting the barrel upwards in conjunction with the slide stop pin; the locking lugs of the barrel engage the locking grooves of the slide; the action is back in battery and locked.

4. Safeties

The safety lever, set on «S», blocks the trigger bar and thus prevents the rearward travel of the trigger.

FIG 20

Safety engaged
3 Magazine
11 Safety lever
17 Sear
40 Magazine safety
42 Trigger rod

FIG 21

Safety disengaged

The magazine safety, a spring-loaded cam in the right, inner part of the grip frame, prevents the triggering of the impact device when the magazine is removed. The magazine safety pivots the trigger rod downwards with its oblique surface, so that it moves freely when the trigger is pulled, so that the sear can not be actuated to release the hammer.

When the magazine is inserted, the right-hand wall of the magazine body presses the magazine safety device back so that the trigger rod can snap upwards under the pressure of the trigger spring into the catch of the sear.

A further safety measure is that when the slide is closed incompletely, that is, when the action is unlocked, the triggering of the striking device is prevented. If, for some reason, the slide does not reach its forwardmost position, it disconnects the trigger rod from the sear by pivoting it downwards and thereby achieves the same effect as the magazine safety with the magazine removed.

5. Slide stop

After the last cartridge has been fired, the slide remains in the open position. The follower of the empty magazine pivots upwards the slide stop, which snaps into the slide stop recess of the slide and prevents its return forward.

FIG 22

Cartridges In the magazine, the slide stop is swiveled downwards

FIG 23

Magazine follower swings the slide stop upwards
7 Slide stop
21 Slide
39 Magazine follower

To close the slide, the empty magazine must be removed or replaced with a loaded magazine. In either cases, the slide is retracted somewhat, whereupon it releases the slide stop and moves forward by the force of the recoil spring.

G. Detail stripping and repair

1. Safety lever

a) Disassembly

—Remove the grip plates
—Push the safety lever downwards past the «F» position and pull it out to the left.

B) Reassembly

—In reverse order of disassembly.
—Check whether the detent engages the «S» and «F» positions under the spring pressure of the safety lever.

FIG 24

Safety lever
11 Safety lever

2. Magazine Catch

a) Disassembly

—Remove the grip plates
—Drive out pin retaining the magazine catch
—Remove the magazine catch

b) Reassembly

—In reverse order of disassembly.

FIG 25

Magazine Catch
13 Magazine catch
70 Magazine catch pin

3. Magazine Safety

a) Disassembly
—Remove the grip plates
—Unscrew the magazine safety screw
—Remove the magazine safety

b) Reassembly
—In reverse order of disassembly
—The screw must be tightened and the magazine safety device must be checked for its springing in the direction of the trigger bar

FIG 26

Magazine Safety
40 Magazine safety
71 Screw for magazine safety

4. Slide Stop Spring

a) Disassembly
—Remove slide stop spring
—Use a screwdriver to lift the spring coil from the spring peg staked into the frame. Push the spring backward until the front end of the spring jumps out of the frame groove
—Lift the front part over the spring peg and remove the spring from the frame

b) Reassembly
—Insert the rear spring arm into the groove of the frame
—Place the spring coil on the spring peg and hold with the thumb
—Use the screwdriver to lift the front end of the spring until it snaps into the frame groove
—Check whether the spring is properly seated on the spring peg (if not, press it in with the flat side of the screwdriver)
—Check correct tensioning and securing of the slide stop

FIG 27

Slide Stop Spring
72 Slide stop spring
73 Spring peg

5. Extractor

a) Disassembly
—Drive out the riveting pin from top to bottom
—Remove the extractor
—Remove the extractor spring

b) Reassembly
—Insert extractor with spring
—Insert the pin and peen its ends
—Check the tension of extractor

FIG 28

74 Extractor
75 Extractor spring
76 Extractors retaining pin


Prohibited tasks:
—Regulation of the pressure point
—Disassembly of the lock assembly and the trigger for thorough cleaning or regulation

H. Controls

I. General

The checks to be carried out by the armorer are referred to as:
—Function check
—Detailed inspection

II. Functional check
This is to be performed periodically on the assembled weapon:
—For detecting causes of malfunctions,
—After performing repairs,
—After storage and weapon inspection, after the weapon has been subjected to detailed control and the lubrication.

1. Unload the gun and remove the magazine
2. Check the force of the recoil spring as well as the smooth movement of the slide.
   Check whether the barrel and the slide lock and unlock smoothly.
   Repeat once.
3. Cock and release the hammer
—In loading movement
—Insert an empty magazine and release the slide
—Pull the trigger, the pressure point must be noticeable
—Recock the hammer with the left thumb; the cocked hammer engagement with the sear must withstand forward pressure applied on the hammer with the thumb.
   Repeat once.
4. Safety notch on the hammer
—Cock the hammer almost all the way back without engaging the sear, then let it snap forward
—Check whether the hammer is properly intercepted by the safety notch
   Repeat once
5. Safeties (with cocked hammer)
a) Magazine safety
—Remove the magazine
—Unlock the manual safety
—The trigger can be pulled back but the hammer remains cocked
b) Safety lever
—Replace the magazine
—Lock the manual safety
—The trigger must be blocked
6. Slide stop
—Insert an empty magazine, retract the slide; the slide must be prevented from returning forward in the rearward position by the slide stop
—Remove the magazine, guide forward the slide, replace the empty magazine, unlock the safety, pull the trigger, lock the safety
7. Magazine
—Ensure effortless insertion of magazines in the magazine well and check the correct locking of the magazine catch
8. External condition of the weapon
—Inspect the condition and ensure the secure attachment of front and rear sights and grip plates

III. Detail Control

This control includes the exact verification of the individual components with regard to damage such as cracks, unacceptable deformation, the operability and condition of all sliding surfaces as well as the function and condition of all springs.
The detailed inspection shall be carried out on the disassembled and cleaned weapon:
—For detecting causes of malfunctions,
—In the case of repair work, on the occasion of long term storage,
—In order to be able to precisely control and, if necessary, to repair or replace malfunctioning parts
The detail control includes:
1. Barrel
—Barrel bore and chamber
—Locking lugs
—Locking cam
2. Slide
—Extractor (claw and spring)
—Firing pin channel
—Slide and frame rails
—Slide stop catch
—Locking lugs
—Firing pin spring and firing pin (must protrude over the firing pin plate)
3. Lock assembly
—Notches on hammer and sear
—No foreign object between the lock housing and the pressure point lever
—Mainspring end secured with nut
4. Frame
—Safety lever
—Magazine safety
—Magazine catch
—Slide rails
—Slide stop
—Grip plates
—Grip screw
5. Magazine
—Magazine body
—Magazine floorplate
—Magazine floorplate insert
—Magazine spring
—Magazine follower
6. Accessories
—Leather holster
—Cleaning kit

J. Shooting
For shooting the weapon, the following front sight varieties are available as marked to the arsenal workshops:
+⦁ Height = 6.3 mm
+ Height = 6.1 mm
unmarked Height = 5.9 mm
Height = 5.7 mm
Height = 5.5 mm

Shooting distance = 50 m
Point of aim = bullseye at 6 o’clock
The shooting test is the responsibility of the armory staff.

K. Malfunctions and their Elimination

1. General
   In a well-maintained gun, malfunctions occur very rarely.

2. Reacting to Malfunctions
   If a misfire occurs during shooting, proceed as follows:
   —Point the finger from the trigger, recock the hammer with the left hand (be careful, do not let it slip) and continue firing.
   —If the cartridge is not ignited again, cycle the slide.
   —If cycling the slide does not succeed, unload the weapon and determine the cause of the malfunction on the chart.

3. Feeding malfunctions
Features Cause Remedy
No cartridge reloaded, even though the slide has returned into battery. —Magazine not fully seated. —Seat the magazine fully.
—Magazine deformed, incorrectly assembled, or heavily soiled. —Insert another magazine; Clean or repair the malfunctioning magazine.
Cartridge stops with the bullet tip against the feed ramp to the chamber. —Cartridge fed at an angle
—Pull the slide back slightly, move the cartridge in the correct position, let the slide snap forward.
Slide fails to go fully into battery. —The pistol is too heavily greased or dirty. —Degrease, clean, and grease anew.
—Cartridge dirty or frozen grease ring on the cartridge. —Clean the cartridges and chamber (if necessary, remove the grease ring on the cartridge, especially in cold weather).
—Obstruction in the slide rails, possible damage. —Clear the obstruction.
—Recoil spring weak or broken —Replace the recoil spring assembly.
—Debris between locking lugs. —Clean.

4. Ignition Malfunctions
Features Cause Remedy
The hammer falls without causing the pistol to fire. —The firing pin is obstructed in its channel by dirt or grease. —Recock the hammer once or twice and attempt to fire the pistol or cycle the slide to reload the chamber. If the cartridge is not ignited, clean and degrease the firing pin and its channel.
—The firing pin is broken or missing. —Replace the defective or missing component.
—Mainspring weak or broken. —Replace the lock.

5. Extraction Malfunctions
Features Cause Remedy
The slide has retracted, the cartridge casing remains in the chamber —Insufficient extraction due to contamination, frozen grease or damage to the slide rails. —Clean and repair of the slide rails.
—Wrong ammunition (7.65 mm instead of 9 mm). —Use proper ammunition.
—Remove cartridge case with a cleaning rod or a screwdriver.
—Extractor claw defective, extractor spring weak or broken. —Replace extractor or extractor spring.

6. Uncommon Malfunctions
Features Cause Remedy
When the loading movement is carried out, the slide remains in the front or in the rear position. —Slide stop is misplaced behind the control curve of the barrel. —Rest the slide at the muzzle end on the edge of a wooden plank and lightly strike it with the hand until the slide stop is free; or push the slide forward until the barrel springs back under the pressure of the recoil spring. With the slide stop in the disassembly position, remove the slide stop and reinsert it correctly.
Trigger can be moved rearwards, but hammer does not fall. —Magazine is not inserted correctly. —Insert the magazine correctly.
Hammer is released when the magazine is removed. (Safety lever at «F».) Slide stop does not function or is not secured.
—Magazine safety fails (screw loosened).
—Magazine safety broken.
—Slide stop spring is weak, deformed, or broken.
—Readjust the tension, tighten the screw, or replace the magazine safety.
When the trigger is weak or when the trigger is released from the pressure point position into the rest position, the trigger rod notch does not slide back but remains at the edge of the hammer notch.
—Respectively, the sear notch or the hammer notch is damaged.
—Replace the lock.
Safety lever can be easily adjusted. —Safety lever has insufficient preload. —Remove the safety lever and re-tension its spring arm.
The slide does not remain retracted after the last shot. —Worn notch on the slide or defective slide stop, weak magazine spring or defective or deformed magazine feeder. —Replace the slide stop, magazine spring, or magazine feeder.

L. Safety Regulations

The weapon must always be considered loaded, until the shooter has convinced himself personally by executing the unloading procedure.

No one should be in front of the gun during manipulation; the muzzle of the weapon must be directed forward, towards the target, or obliquely downwards against the ground.

No live ammunition may be used for the handling.

In the case of shooting exercises and abutment exercises, all shooters must stand at the same level with intermediate spaces. It is forbidden to shoot high or to the side. The weapon must be secured during cease fire; before the shooter leaves, the weapon must unloaded. If malfunctions occur during shooting, the shooter must remain in place until the malfunction is cleared.

In peacetime storage, the pistol must remain unloaded, with empty magazines, uncocked, and secured or stored.

In times of increased danger (war service, active service, order service) the weapon is carried on command uncocked and with an empty chamber, but with a fully loaded magazine inserted. The safety lever can be set to «F», so that cycling the slide will make the pistol ready for firing.

M. Final Provisions

These Regulations shall become effective on 1 October 1966. Upon the enactment of these regulations, all provisions contrary to it are repealed, in particular:

Rule for the armory service on sidearms and automatic weapons, Part II 1954, Regulations No. 65.2 d.
The Chief of Training:
P. Hirschy

—translated from the original by Michael Zeleny
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