Georg Luger was, later in his career, a consulting designer for a German firearms and munitions company in the late 1800’s. While his design work is limited to a single project, the parabellum pistol, commonly referred to as the Luger, this project’s success was quite remarkable. After receiving criticisms of one of the company’s pistols at US military trials, Luger took the awkward Borchardt pistol’s main idea and turned it into a comfortable, ergonomic, and successful pistol that was used by several European countries leading into world war one, and was in service into the cold war. The most notable part of his design, however, is the fact that nearly no changes were made to Luger’s original design throughout the early 1900’s. Designing any product without a need for alteration, augmentation or even complete redesign before being widely accepted and purchased is an impressive feat, and an admirable accomplishment.
Above, a diagram from Luger’s patent for his design.
Above, the more awkward Borchardt design, which was commercially unsuccessful.