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Luger : the Story of the World's Most Famous Handgun

Author: John Walter
Publisher: LaVergne : Skyhorse Publishing, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The distinctive look of the Luger and its role in German military history make it the world's most famous handgun. In Luger, renowned gun expert John Walter traces the history of this semiautomatic pistol from an early design by Hugo Borchardt in the 1890s through its use in the trenches of the First World War to the final days of the Third Reich in WWII. Other books on the Parabellum-Pistole, as the Luger was also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Walter
ISBN: 9781510727311 1510727310
OCLC Number: 1025342017
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Half-Title Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Books by John Walter; Foreword; Glossary; 1. From the Maxim machine-gun to the Borchardt pistol; Panel one: The action of the Borchardt pistol; 2. Adoption of the Luger in Switzerland: the first real success; Panel two: Early Borchardt-Lugers; Panel three: The action of the Borchardt Luger; Panel four: Variations of the Swiss 1900-model Luger; 3. Trials and tribulations; progress at home and abroad; 4. The advent of the 9mm cartridge; 5. The Luger in the commercial market. Panel five: Proof markings on typical Old Model Lugers6. The New Model Luger pistols; 7. The .45 Luger and the US Army trials of 1907; 8. Military trials and commercial exploits of the New Model Luger; 9. The ultimate success: adoption of the Luger for the Germany Army; Panel six: Proof and inspectorsâ#x80;#x99; marks, 1911; 10. The Luger in the First World War; Panel seven: Issue of the Luger in 1914; Panel eight: Ten typical pre-1918 unit markings; 11. From the fall of the Kaiser to secret rearmament; 12. Commercial Lugers and accessories of the Weimar Republic. 13. The rise of Hitler, and Lugers of the Third Reich14. The Second World War and the demise of the Luger; Panel nine: Non-standard handguns in German service, 1939â#x80;#x93;45; 15. The New Luger: from Mauser-Jagdwaffen to Mitchell Arms; Identification and valuation lists; Bibliography.
Responsibility: John Walter.

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The distinctive look of the Luger and its role in German military history make it the world's most famous handgun. In Luger, renowned gun expert John Walter traces the history of this semiautomatic pistol from an early design by Hugo Borchardt in the 1890s through its use in the trenches of the First World War to the final days of the Third Reich in WWII. Other books on the Parabellum-Pistole, as the Luger was also known, focus strictly on narrow subjects like manufacturing details or accessories. While still offering the technical details to satisfy the collector, Walter provides a comprehensive narrative history. Readers will learn of the initial collaboration between Borchardt and Georg J. Luger, who patented the design in 1898. Following initial adoption by the Swiss Army, design refinements convinced the Imperial German Navy to order the sidearm, while the US Army passed on it following field trials in favor of the Colt. Production ramped up for World War I and the gun became a prized trophy for Allied soldiers in both that conflict and World War II. (German soldiers, aware of their desirability, even used them as bait for booby traps.) Today, it is still desired by collectors both for its unique design and for its connection to the history of Nazi Germany, and Luger: The Story of the World's Most Famous Handgun tells how it came to be.

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