Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Lange Pistole 08 (LP08) pistol with drum magazine

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Lange Pistole 08 (LP08) pistol with drum magazine

Date

dated 1917

Object Number

PR.7526

Provenance

Former Pattern Room Collection

Physical Description

Blued. Wooden chequered grips. Wooden butt stock attached to back strap of pistol. Snail drum magazine attached to pistol. Magazine release catch on left side of grip near trigger guard. Loop on rear of frame. Safety catch on left side of frame. Toggle breech operating system. Blade and notch type sights. Rear sight numbered 1 - 8. Butt stock has leather straps. On front area of butt stock is a catch, with a steel tang running approx. 2 and a half inches up the stock. On the magazine is a winding device. On left side of frame, a switch in front of trigger guard. Maximum capacity, 32 rounds.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth3.7in.
OverallDepth95mm
OverallLength26in.
OverallLength660mm
OverallWeight2.04kg
OverallWeight4.5lb
OverallWidth9.6in.
OverallWidth245mm
BarrelLength8in.
BarrelLength203mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 2586

Calibre

9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Serial number
2586
Breech and butt stock, on tang. Underside of barrel.
Stamped
Numbering
85
Switch near trigger guard
Stamped
Numbering
86
Left side of frame
Stamped
Proof marksRight side of frame, barrel.
Stamped
Numberingbase of magazine, outside edge
stamped

Associations

Notes

Artillery crews manned guns of immense destructive power. However, they still required a self-defence weapon. Rifles were too large and heavy, and pistols were limited to short range. This pistol carbine bridged the gap; with a shoulder stock, long barrel and long-range sights. Its firepower was enhanced by a drum magazine.