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Has anyone had experience with one of these pistols.Recently purchased a mauser 1914 32acp pistol. Looked to be in great shape and bought it from a guy who shot it before but it once belonged to his friend that had died last year. After I got it home I had realized it doesn't stay open after its empty but closes as soon as you pull mag out. Went to take it apart a found the spring guide rod was not there and the slide won't come off but only goes about a 1/3 of the way forward. Can't see what is holding it from moving more and tried it with the firing pin cocked and unlocked. Anyone know what could be up or is this common...maybe both the same problem. Ordered the guide rod and a new spring and should be here this week.




When I took it apart the spring popped up out of slide but that's because the rod was gone. That is as far as slide will go forward on frame. Nothing holding it up in areas I can see in and shouldn't be anything in the way. There is a small lever the mag should hit when inserted on the back side of the mag well but since I've never been inside of one of these I'm not sure what's up...don't see it or more can't tell from any diagrams I've found.



 

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First, with the slide in closed position, insert a magazine and pull the trigger to release the striker. Then remove the magazine and the slide should come off forward. If not remove the magazine catch spring and then try removing the slide. The symptoms you describe could be from an improperly installed magazine catch where the top end is one the wrong side of the magazine hold open mechanism.

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Has anyone had experience with one of these pistols.Recently purchased a mauser 1914 32acp pistol. Looked to be in great shape and bought it from a guy who shot it before but it once belonged to his friend that had died last year. After I got it home I had realized it doesn't stay open after its empty but closes as soon as you pull mag out. Went to take it apart a found the spring guide rod was not there and the slide won't come off but only goes about a 1/3 of the way forward. Can't see what is holding it from moving more and tried it with the firing pin cocked and unlocked. Anyone know what could be up or is this common...maybe both the same problem. Ordered the guide rod and a new spring and should be here this week.




When I took it apart the spring popped up out of slide but that's because the rod was gone. That is as far as slide will go forward on frame. Nothing holding it up in areas I can see in and shouldn't be anything in the way. There is a small lever the mag should hit when inserted on the back side of the mag well but since I've never been inside of one of these I'm not sure what's up...don't see it or more can't tell from any diagrams I've found.



Just edited/deleted part of my post after rereading the description of your problem.

Generally, the failure to hold open may be caused by a faulty ejector/hold open catch (part No. 26 on the Numrich schematic for the 1934 Mauser; probably the part should also fit the 1914 model). If it's broken at the respective tip (doesn't look like it on the photo though), the hold open is not going to happen with the mag removed. However, that does not explain the slide getting stuck so far forward; since the slide already cleared the hold open tab, it does not seem to be the culprit. You may consider buying the Mauser 1914 app from Google Play. These apps from HLEbooks are real gems if you want to get an in-depth understanding of your pistol's operation. Among other things, it shows the proper installation of the mag catch spring, which you need to check first per 1914mauser's comment.
 

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Thanks al9130 I pulled spring out and slide right off. Put back together and all works like it's supposed to. Holds open when empty and closes when mags is back in. I was going to pull that the other day but never being into one of these wasn't sure what spring effected.
 
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