P08 Luger

Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Nations: Switzerland, Germany, Ottoman Empire, United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia, China +

Branch: Armed Forces, Law Enforcement

Time Period: 1900-1945

Conflict: Boxer Rebellion, WWI, German Revolution, WWII, Indonesian National Revolution

Other Names: Luger

Cartridge:  9x19mm Parabellum

Info: Designed as an improvement on the Borchardt Automatic Pistol with its somewhat unique Toggle Lock action, production of the Luger pistol began right at the beginning of the 20th Century. The Luger, was one of the few reliable, durable and readily available semi-automatic pistols on the commercial market at the time of its production, a time where revolvers were still in common military and civilian use. The first military to formally adopt the Luger pistol was Switzerland, adopting it in the original intended cartridge of 7.65x21mm Luger, also known as .30 Luger. Soon after in 1908, Germany adopted the Luger as the P08. Chambered in the now common and adopted by almost every major military, the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge, the P08 Luger would serve the German Army along side several other pistols such as the Mauser C98, Browning Hi-Power and Walther P38 until Germany’s defeat in the Second World War (1945).