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A type of German automatic pistol.
- ‘In 1908, the German Army adopted the Luger as a pistol.’
- ‘For decades the Swiss Army's issue pistol had been the Luger, and they, too, began to investigate a new pistol.’
- ‘As a result, costly guns such as the Luger would have a limited life.’
- ‘He frowned and turned toward it, automatically reaching for the Luger he carried with him at all times.’
- ‘While the Luger is a finely-made gun, it really is not a finicky one.’
Early 20th century: named after Georg Luger (1849–1923), Austrian firearms expert.
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