Georg Luger designed a custom .45 caliber version of his Parabellum pistol for the U.S. military pistol trials of 1911. Two prototypes were originally manufactured, and at least two revised pistols with a different grip angle were made shortly thereafter for possible commercial or military sales. The Colt-Browning M1911 was awarded the service production contract. This image is of an exact duplicate of the Luger design, handmade by Mike Krause.
The Colt pistol was the standard sidearm of the US military from 1911 to Designed by John Browning, the fired a ACP cartridge and became an iconic pistol. The was retired in 1985 when the US military transitioned to the Beretta 92 series.
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