S010690 POLIZIE P08 LUGER PISTOL MAGAZINES. (P08 Patronen Magazin)

BACKGROUND: The P08 Luger pistol was developed by George Luger who has served in the Austro-Hungarian army before gaining employment with the Ludwig Lwe & Cie armaments factory in Berlin in 1891. While employed with the Lwe firm Luger examined the Borchardt pistol they manufactured which had proven to be troublesome due to its awkward recoil and bolt return system. Luger redesigned the Borchardt pistol with a cleaner design and systems and in 1899 the first Borchardt-Luger pistol was tested. The Borchardt-Luger pistol underwent minor modifications and was accepted by the Swiss army in 1900. Further modifications in 1902 resulted in the Luger being re-calibered from 7.65mm to the standard 9mm Parabellum cartridge. The new Luger pistol was adopted by the Imperial German Navy in 1904 and by the German army in 1908, which led to its official designation, "P08". The P08 Luger pistol saw service through-out WWI, during the Reichswehr era and on into the Third Reich. Although popular, the pistol was expensive to produce and the design of the toggle breech made it prone to dirt entry after firing which affected its performance. In 1938 the weapons firm of Carl Walther developed the P38 pistol as a replacement for the P08. Although the P38 never fully replaced the P08, manufacture of the Luger was discontinued in 1943. When issued the P08 was accompanied by two eight round capacity magazines.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Two (2) roughly, 14cm tall, 28mm wide, 12mm thick stamped, blued sheet metal construction, eight cartridge capacity P08 Luger magazines with brazed side seams and a aluminum insert to the bottom edge. The magazine have embossed vertical guide bar/reinforcement rib to each side with one side having the addition of a vertical cut-out to accommodate the external pressure spring button. The internal spring is still intact and functions. The bottom edge of the magazine has a separate, inserted aluminum pull tab with a circular panel with a central finger grip recess to each side. Matched pair with the Eagle C stamped into the aluminum base of each magazine. Scarce!

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GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $695.00

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