semi-automatic pistol of German origin

The Luger was a German semi-automatic pistol that was introduced in 1908. It was the first pistol to use the 9x19mm Parabellum bullet. Its magazines hold eight bullets.

Luger P08 (Parabellum)
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TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originGerman Empire
Service history
In serviceGerman Empire (1904–1918)
Weimar Republic (1919–1933)
Nazi Germany (1933–1945)
Switzerland (1900–early 1970s)
Other countries (1900–present)
Used bySee Users
WarsWorld War I
German Revolution
Spanish Civil War
World War II
Second Sino-Japanese War
Chinese Civil War
Rhodesian Bush War
Production history
DesignerGeorg J. Luger
ManufacturerDeutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken, Imperial Arsenals of Erfurt and Spandau, Simson, Krieghoff, Mauser, Vickers Ltd, Waffenfabrik Bern

Technically, it was and is held in high esteem. The workmanship was top-class, and its performance was highly respected.[1] The Luger was eventually replaced by the Walther P38 officialy, but there were still many German soldiers and officers who used the Luger during World War II.

The 9 millimeter bullets designed for the gun are still a standard for NATO forces.


  1. DWM Luger P-08 9mm Pistol. [1]