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When German emperor Wilhelm ii authorised use of the P08 luger in 1913, it became the world’s first successful semi-automatic pistol and an ever-present sight during
World War i. But the pistol was expensive to make and it frequently clogged, so when the German arms manufacturer Carl Walther produced the Walther P38 — noted for being the first locked-breech pistol to use a double-action trigger — the Wehrmacht snapped it up. the pistols were produced en masse from the mid-1940s yet demand was so high that rival weapons manufacturers spreewerk and Mauser were drafted in to help. A staggering 1.2 million were made.