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Serious answer is no they weren't. They were too expensive to produce and pretty much out of production by the end of the war in favor of the P38. Also, the bent or broken knee action is rarely seen in post war handguns while variations of the P38 and 1911's are commonplace to this day.
 

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Were German luger pistols the most effective hand gun in World War II?
No! They were not even the most 'effective' Nazi handgun.

Handguns are not effective weapons of war. If they were effective combat weapons they would be issued to Privates and not to Officers. Handguns, when compared to rifles, use an underpowered and short range cartridge. They serve as a badge of authority and as a last ditch weapon.
Agreed! Handguns are really insignificant compared to all other forms of weaponry, despite what one sees on TV. I'm reminded of the current range fad where an "operator" empties their primary long arm, drops it to the side and pulls their handgun (which has approximately 1/4 the power of their rifle) and proceed to continue engaging simulated bad guys while standing straight up in the battle space! In real life, when one's weapon goes dry, the FASTEST thing to do is dive for cover - assuming you weren't already behind some, then reload the primary rifle!
Police carry handguns because of image issues...like walking up to a car with an M4 already slung and ready to start chopping. A holstered handgun conveys a much less threatening message.
 
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