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Germany's Luger Pistole 08

Design

In 1908 the Luger was declared the official pistol of the German Army. The Luger was designed by Georg Luger and he based it on the American Borehart.

The Luger Pistole 08 is a semiautomatic pistol.

Magazine

The magazine is loaded by inserting it into the bottom of the handle grip. There is a catch that is pressed and the magazine come out.

Variants

  • Luger Pistole 08:
  • ?: Model that could have a stock attached to the rear of the grip. Barrel is longer. The rear sight had graduations up to 800 meters.

Specifications

  Luger Pistole 08
Caliber 9 mm
Ammunition Rimless
9 mm Parabellum
Physical Characteristics  
Length of barrel 4.25"
Weight 1 lb 14 oz, 2 lb
Feed 8 rounds
Operation Recoil
Construction  
Feed Type Grip magazine
Safety Left
Sight - Front Inverted V blade
Sight - Back Open V notch
Capabilities  
Muzzle Velocity 1,040'/s
Range - Effective 25 yd
Range - Maximum 1,150 yd

Sources:

  1. Handbook on German Military Forces, U.S. War Department, 1990
  2. German Infantry Weapons, Donald B. McLean, 1966
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