Original Pre-WWI Portuguese 3rd Model 1909 Manuel II M2 P.08 Luger Black Leather Holster
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very rare Pre-WWI Portuguese Issue holster for the legendary German P08 Luger Pistol. It was quite popular from the get go, and many countries looked at it as a new military sidearm, with one country that chose it being Portugal in 1909. The country developed its own holster for the sidearm, named the Manuell II or M2, for Portuguese King Manuel II, who only reigned 1 February 1908 – 5 October 1910. After this, the Monarchy was abolished, however the P08 and the holster continued to be used.
The design itself is very similar to the 1899 Borchardt-Luger trials holster, with a relatively long thin body, cleaning rod slot with lid on the side, and a single belt loop in the back. As with most luger holsters, there is a small pocket on the inside of the lid for the take down and magazine loading tool.
The M2 went through numerous models / versions during production, and this example is the 3rd version seen. Unlike the first two models, there is no cutout on the back side of the holster interior for the P.08 Luger toggle link handle, and as can be seen, there is a lot of wear in the area where that would be. It has the correct contours on the top flap and underneath to be a 3rd version as well. Later versions would have a much more pronounced "point" on the end of the top flap.
Condition of the holster is very good, with the expected wear from age and long service. The leather is still supple, and the belt loop on the back is fully intact, as is all of the stitching we can see.
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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