Luger P.08 9 x 19mm pistol

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Overview

Probably the most iconic handgun, The Luger P.08s silhouette is immediately recognisable.

The Pistole Parabellum 1908, popularly known as the Luger – is a toggle-locked, recoil operated, semi automatic pistol. Originally designed and patented by Georg Luger in 1898 and produced by Deutsche Waffen-und Minitionsfabriken (DWM) commencing in 1900.

The Luger P.08 is notable for being the pistol for which the 9 x 19mm Parabellum cartridge (also known as the 9mm Luger) was originally developed.

First adopted by the Swiss army in May 1900 and then by the German navy in 1904, whose version had a 150mm long barrel and is known as the Pistole 04.

In 1908 the P.08 with 100mm barrel was adopted by the German army with whom it is most associated by their use throughout WW1 and WW2 along with the interwar Weimar Republic and the post war East German Volkspolizei.

The P.08 was the usual sidearm for German military personnel in both world wars, though it was being replaced by the Walther P38 starting in 1938. In 1930, Mauser took over manufacture of the P.08 until 1943.

Variants were produced, most notable being the ‘Artillery’ Luger or Lange Pistole 08 intended for use by German artillerymen. It had a 200mm barrel, 8-position rear sight, a shoulder stock with holster and could be used with the ‘Trommelmagazin 08′ – a 32 round snail drum magazine. It was also available in various commercial carbine versions with even longer barrels.

The Luger was prized by Allied soldiers during both of the world wars. Thousands were taken home during both wars, and are still in circulation today.

In 1945 Mauser set up again the Luger production under the control of the French forces. In 1969 Mauser Werke in Oberndorf restarted the production until 1986 when the last commemorative model was produced.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for certainly German military personnel from 1908 until 1945 and Swiss use until the early 1970s.

Foxtrot example shown is a standard Luger P.08 made by Mauser, with a 100mm barrel, chequered grips and in a blued finish.