By David Tong
Luger Pistol, history and gun review.
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- While everyone colloquially calls the Pistole Parabellum, the “Luger” after German designer Georg Luger’s surname, it is famous as the first semi-automatic service pistol officially adopted by any military, by the Swiss in 1900.
While the earliest models of the Luger Pistol mostly had spring-steel mainsprings, 4 ¾” barrels chambered in 7.65 Parabellum caliber, and grip safeties, the preponderance of the models used by the German military were equipped with coil mainsprings, 4” barrels, chambered in 9X19 Parabellum, and dispensed with the grip safety.
Otherwise, they are functionally identical.
The Luger Pistol
The Luger Pistol is a short-recoil operated, fixed-barrel pistol that uses a unique “bent knee” toggle-locking mechanism. This was derived from both the Maxim machine gun, as well as Hugo Borchardt’s Model 1893 pistol that Luger re-designed for Deutsche-Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).
Unlike the orthodoxy of both then and now, it is striker fired. Due to the nature of the action …Read the Rest