In 1904, they were officially chosen as the standard side arm of the German Navy, followed by the Army in 1908; the latter dictated the German designation P08.
Since 1908, the vast majority of "Luger" pistols were used by Germans.
Given limitations in supplying such weapons to production, in some cases the Walther PP and Walther P5 have served as “look alike” stand ins.
Also, following Pierce Brosnan’s ““, it appears that the Walther PPK is returning as the weapon of choice for James Bond.
As most Bond films were produced in the UK, armourer Bapty’s supplied most of the hero weapons for the films. Licence to Kill is one of the only Bond films with photography within the United States (as well as Mexico), so this piece is actually a “live fire”, fully functional weapon with an alternate blank fire barrel allowing capability to be converted to blank fire.
I thought it might be of interest to readers to know “what is out there”.Firearms manufactured after 1898 can only be shipped to someone with a Federal Firearms License (FFL).If you have a Curio & Relic FFL, we can ship items considered by the BATF directly to you, as long as there are no state or local restrictions (California?? If you do not have a C&R FFL, then we can only ship guns made after 1898 to a FFL dealer in your area.Parabellum P08 pistols were originally manufactured by Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken (DWM), a subsidiary of Loewe, starting in 1900; the German state armory in Erfurt also produced them to supplement DWM's numbers.During WW1, Parabellum P08 pistols were prized souvenirs among Allied soldiers.