The Pistole Parabellum
P08, commonly the Luger
, was the main sidearm used by the German Wehrmacht
during World War II
and the army of the Kaiser during World War I
The pistol was adopted by the German Wehrmacht
in 1908, and saw considerable action throughout WWI.
The original design dates back to a design by Hugo Borchart in 1893, and in 1900, George Luger
helped Borchart refine the gun which now bears his name
In 1901, Deutche Waffen und Munitionsfabrik (DWM) gave it's official name - "Parabellum" - and soon upscaled the caliber from the original 7.65mm to 9mm
The Treaty of Versailles
in 1919, forced Germany to stop the production of the Luger
. Not until 1923 would the assembly plants start outputting the weapon, issued as the principal sidearm of Wehrmacht
officers, weapon crews, messengers, signalers and non-commisioned officers
The P08 was a popular weapon, and offered superb accuracy and extreme resilience. But a complex trigger mechanism and poor sights, combined with the relative expensive gun would force the P08 to be superseded by the P38
Caliber: 9mm parabellum
Clip: 8 rounds.
Action: Single action automatic.
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