Original German WWII P.08 Luger Pistol Black Leather Hardshell Holster by Carl Busse - Dated 1941
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a 1942 dated standard issue black leather hardshell holster for the Luger Pistole 08 (P.08), which was used by German forces during WWI & WWII. Towards the end of WWI the standard color for pistol holsters was changed from brown to black, and that continued through the WWII Period.
The holster is marked on the back with the standard P.08 designation on the upper right, with a Waffenamt WaA286 proof between the two belt loops. It is also marked and dated with a German three letter code, jkh / 41, for 1941 manufacture by Carl Busse, located in Mainz, Germany along the Rhine River. This company manufactured holsters, pouches, map cases, and other leather wares, according to GERMAN MILITARY LETTER CODES 1939-1945 by John Walter.
The overall condition of the holster is very good, with supple black finished leather and intact heavy white stitching, original belt loops, and pistol ejection strap. The tool compartment on the interior is also intact, as is the magazine pouch. The leather does definitely show a lot of wear to the finish, which in some places has been worn to a dark brown color. The original flap securing strap and buckle are present and in functional condition. Overall a very nice example of a holster that saw long service during WWII.
A really nice holster that will complete any WWII Era P08 Luger pistol. 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 WW2 Germany.
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