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Correct "legal" description of Luger

Wild TurkeyWild Turkey Member Posts: 2,427 ✭✭✭✭
edited October 2013 in Ask the Experts
My son is working with a "Mock Trial" contest and is checking some of the facts in the case this year's contest is based on.

Original author said "PO8 parabellum with bullet caseings" were on the floor.

I'm not an expert so I googeled "PO8" and came up with a 1937 Luger as an example so he's changing the text to read "a 1937 Luger PO8 in 9mm Parabellum and spent cartridge cases were on the floor."

Is that accurate and specific enough?

When he was doing the Mock Trial one year they had a revolver ejecting cases and I was laughing at it so even though he's not a "gun nut" at least he knows the difference between auto, semi-auto and revolver.


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    MG1890MG1890 Member Posts: 4,649
    edited November -1
    I would think that he would want to mention that the "spent cartridge casings" were also caliber 9mm Parabellum.

    Otherwise it could have been empty 12 gauge hulls...
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    M1A762M1A762 Member Posts: 3,426
    edited November -1
    P08 means pistol adopted in 1908 by the German military. I think the term "German Luger" is one that is known around the world. Although the Luger was adopted as a military sidearm by numerous countries, it is mostly equated with the country it was developed in.
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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,456 ******
    edited November -1
    P-08 Parabellum pistol manufactured in 1937. Spent 9mm Luger cartridge cases were found on the floor.

    That would be how I would word it. The name "Luger" in the United States is a trade name which was (and as far as I know still is) owned by Stoeger. Parabellum Pistol was used in virtually every other world market. P-08 describes a Parabellum Pistol adopted by the German military as their sidearm in 1908.
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    victorj19victorj19 Member Posts: 3,642 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    As stated by MG1890, it would be best to state the caliber of the gun and spent cases. There is a 30 luger cartridge.
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    p3skykingp3skyking Member Posts: 25,750
    edited November -1
    Actually They could be 9mm or 7.65mm, take your pick although a PO8 (Pistole 08) is properly only in 9mm.

    "A 9mm Parabellum pistol, commonly called a "Luger", was found on the floor adjacent to empty cartridge cases determined to have been fired from it".

    Historic trivia; George Reeves, who played Superman in the 50's TV show was supposed to have blown his brains out with a 7.65 Luger. Some say he was murdered.
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    Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,374 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    1937 may be TOO specific. PO 8 was made 1908 til late in WWII.
    But then a 1937 made pistol would be so marked... I once had a 1936.
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