Original German WWII P08 Luger Holster Dated 1942 by Gebr. Klinge, Lederwarenfabrik, Dresden - Loebtau
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a really nice example of a dyed black leather P08 Luger pisol holster, which was still standard issue for many officers. This supple leather holster is maker marked gxy and dated 1942, over a Waffenamt marking and WaA918. Research reveals that three letter code "gxy" stands for Gebr. Klinge, Lederwarenfabrik, Dresden- Loebtau, Anton-Weck-Strasse 2-6.
The overall condition of the holster is very good, with supple black (faded to brown is places) leather, intact heavy white stitching, original loops, take down tool pocket, and pistol ejection strap. There are some light scratches and handling marks but no major defects, just wear from use and age.
A really nice holster that will complete any P08 Luger WWII era pistol.
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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