The Ur-PDW: Lange Pistole 08 Luger at C&Rsenal

    Arcane Teutonic space magicks gave Imperial German assault troops the advantage in trench warfare during the first Great War, as the Kaiser’s sturmtruppen made deadly use of Arch-Industriemage Georg Luger’s fearsome Lange Pistole 08 “long Luger” semiautomatic handheld transforming death machines – err, I mean stocked pistols.

    The over-the-top language isn’t just for fun, though, as it’s difficult to overstate the significance of the Luger LP.08 stocked pistol. It was one of the first firearms formally adopted in an echelon role specifically to fill the gap between the pistol and the carbine (i.e., it was one of the first PDWs), and when equipped with the 32 round trommel magazine developed by a Hungarian engineer named Friedrich Blum, it was the direct progenitor to the submachine gun. That 32 round snail drum magazine would be directly incorporated into the MP.18 submachine gun developed by Bergmann Waffenfabrik, which became the foundation not only for all German submachine gun development thereafter, but most European development as well.

    Doubtless by now you want to learn more about the LP.08, which you can do by checking out C&Rsenal’s video on the little wunderwaffe below, hosted by Othais and Mae:

    Once you’re done, you’ll know all about the grandfather of the PDW, and the great-uncle of the submachine gun!



    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]