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Lugers and Mausers and Suppressors (oh my!)

Back when I reviewed Geoffrey Sturgess’ recently released Luger compendium, I had mentioned that it came with a neat documentary on the development of the Luger. The film is 74 minutes long, and is geared towards the casual firearms enthusiast, rather than the dedicated Luger student – it’s a very approachable and well produced piece, [...]

Book Review: Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols

The Luger pistol is one of the most iconic firearms ever built, and has been a favorite of collectors for many decades. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of literature out there on the Luger for the historian or collector to choose from – but if you want to sweep away all the chaff [...]

German Infantry Weapons (World War II)

A little while back, we posted a US military booklet on Japanese Infantry Weapons from WWII, and today we have a similar booklet on German Infantry Weapons of WWII (also thanks to our friend Hrachya). In addition to the standard small arms (Luger, Walther, Mauser K98k, MP40, MG34, MG42), this 200-page pamphlet also includes descriptions [...]

The Parabellum Story – Mauser’s Luger

The Luger Pistole Parabellum is one of the most iconic handguns ever designed, and has been enchanting shooters and collectors for many decades. This was no different in the late 1960s, during the golden age of firearms importation into the US. A number of major importers went to Europe looking for a manufacturer willing to [...]

Luger automatic pistol

Ok, so the Luger isn’t exactly a Forgotten Weapon. In fact, it’s one of the most recognizable handguns ever made. But it traces its lineage directly so some much more obscure models (namely the Borchardt C93), and is an important part of firearms development.

We have added some documents on the Luger to a [...]

1907 US Pistol & Revolver Trials

When the US began its engagement in the Philippines at the close of the 19th century, the standard service sidearm was a .38 caliber double-action revolver. This was found to be insufficient for serious combat use, and a program was instituted to find a .45 caliber replacement handgun.

A small group of officers convened [...]