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The Pistole Parabellum 1908 or Parabellum-Pistole - popularly known as the Luger — is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol. The design was patented by Georg J. Luger in 1898 and produced by German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) starting in 1900; it was an evolution of the 1893 Hugo Borchardt designed C-93. The first Parabellum pistol was adopted by the Swiss army in May 1900. In German army service it was succeeded and partly replaced by the Walther P38 in caliber 9×19 mm Parabellum.

The Lange Pistole 08 (German: "Long Pistol 08") or Artillery Luger was a pistol carbine for use by German Army artillerymen as a sort of early Personal Defense Weapon. It had a 200 mm barrel, an 8-position tangent rear sight (calibrated to 800 metres) and a shoulder stock with holster. It was sometimes used with a 32-round drum magazine (Trommelmagazin 08). It was also available in various commercial carbine versions with yet longer barrels.

Luger P08 in "Uncle Alf"Edit

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Luger Parabellum, Artilleriemodel 08 with removable stock

In 1929, Feldwebel Adolf Hitler of the Feldgendarmerie managed to arrest a roomful of French subversives including communist agitator Jacques Doriot while armed with only a Luger P08. He successfully bluffed the group by claiming the gun was a Luger Parabellum, Artilleriemodel 08 with 32 rounds, enough to kill most of them if they rushed him, even though a cursory look would show it lacked the large drum to hold all the rounds.[1]

Luger P08 in The War That Came EarlyEdit

The Luger was the most common hand gun used by soldiers in the Wehrmacht and the SS alike during World War II.

ReferencesEdit

  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 379-380, MPB, p. 367, HC; Alternate Generals II, p. 103.

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