Original German WWII 1939 dated P08 Luger Black Leather Holster by K.W.K. with Loading & Stripping Tool
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a standard issue black leather hardshell P-08 holster, which was used by German forces during WWII. While holster is not marked on the back with the standard "P.08" designation, it is undoubtedly for a P.08 Luger, as indicated by the shape and the compartment on the lid for the Loading & Stripping tool.
The rear of the holster is marked with a Waffenamt WaA107 proof between the two belt loops, with a K.W.K. maker abbreviation over the left loop, and a 1939 date over the right. This maker mark is a known one, but unfortunately we do not know which company it is the abbreviation for. It is definitely not a three letter code, as this holster was made before the system was enacted.
The overall condition of the holster is very good, with supple brown dyed leather and intact heavy stitching, original loops, and pistol ejection strap. The original flap securing strap and buckle are present and in functional condition. Both belt loops are intact and complete. The tool pouch on the lid of the holster is intact, and still contains an original pistol loading & stripping multi-tool. It has a nice flat head screw driver on the end, and the back of it has channels that match the side profile of a Luger magazine. With the small lip on the inside of the hole and the bent thumb tab, this allows for very easy loading of the magazine. It shows light wear, and is overall in very good condition.
A really nice holster that will complete any WWII Era P08 Luger pistol, complete with an original loading tool. Ready to display or use!
The Pistole Parabellum—or Parabellum-Pistole (Pistol Parabellum), commonly known as just Luger—is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol which was produced in several models and by several nations from 1898 to 1948. The design was first patented by Georg Luger as an improvement upon the Borchardt Automatic Pistol and was produced as the Parabellum Automatic Pistol, Borchardt-Luger System by the German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). The first production model was known as the Modell 1900 Parabellum. Followed by the "Marinepistole 1904" for the Imperial German Navy. The later versions included the popular "Parabellum Pistole Modell von 1908" or simply "P08" (Pistole 1908) which was produced by DWM and other manufacturers such as W+F Bern, Krieghoff, Simson, Mauser, and Vickers. The first Parabellum pistol was adopted by the Swiss army in May 1900. 1904 they were adopted by the German Navy. In German Army service, it was adopted in slightly modified form as the Pistole Modell 1908 (Pistole 08) in caliber 9×19mm Parabellum. The Model 08 was eventually succeeded by the Walther P38.
The Luger is well known from its use by Germans during World War I and World War II, along with the interwar Weimar Republic and the postwar East German Volkspolizei. The P.08 was introduced in 7.65mm Parabellum, though it is notable for being the pistol for which the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge was developed, also known as the 9×19mm Luger. The pistol has been used in fictional works by many villainous characters over the past several decades because of its association with AH's Germany.
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