The Luger is one of the most famous firearms and definitely the most recognizable pistol of the 20th century, with its unique toggle-lock, knee mechanism on the top of the pistol. It was the first production semi-automatic pistol and was used by the Swiss, German and other armies from 1900 through WW2. The Luger was patented by Georg Luger in 1898, borrowing many features from a similar pistol designed by Hugo Borchardt in 1893.
The German army adopted it in 1908 and called it the Pistole P.08 and continued to use it throughout WW2. The Luger was highly regarded for its accuracy and power but it was a complex and costly pistol, requiring tight manufacturing tolerances and precision hand-fitting of parts.
Pictured is a Commercial model of the 1908 German Luger, the very first year of adoption of the Luger for the German Army. This Luger survived two world wars and was brought back to the US by an Army soldier in 1945. This Luger is a DWM model with all matching parts except for the magazines. The leather holster and magazines appear to be correct for the period.
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