Luger P-08 [Automatic Pistol]:

A German single action pistol from WWI, it is still popular, and several look-alikes are produced today.

Part of the guns popularity are its sleek and graceful looks, but its notoriety from WWI and WWII also help a great deal. Although it is rather dated as far as its mechanical workings go, its ergonomics are matched by few other guns. Perhaps the most expensive pistol in existance today is the only surviving prototype in .45 ACP, which was one of only two made for US army trials. It lost out to the Colt M1911. The only P-08 in .45 ACP left is in the hands of a private collector, and it is valued at around 1 million dollars.

Both the original and the copies use a 8 shot magazine.

Weight: 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Caliber: 9 mm
Barrel: 5 inch (12.5 cm)
Action: Single Action
Range: 165 ft (50 m)
Payload: 8 + 1
Cost: $ 700 for a reproduction, originals can go for much higher (depending upon quality and availability of the type)
Made in: Originally made in Germany but most reproductions are made in the United States
Special: First pistol to chamber the 9 mm, and will generally only feed Ball type ammunition reliably.

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