Wrecked when struck tree during attempted forced landing near Castel Benito Feb 13, 1943 after engine failure. It shows significant holster and carry wear but is in good shape. Restored to airworthy at Tyabb, Victoria. The first 10,000 pistols produced at the start of the year had no suffix letter. On Walther pistols, the serial number will generally be located on the left-hand side of the slider. The forced laborers fled and the equipment was destroyed by the Russians between April 30 and May 9.
It's possible that a large block of serial numbers that appear to be from 1954-55 were not actually used until 1957-58. Complete line of Walther pistols plus revolvers, long guns from Walther and others, revolvers, and more. The Defense Intelligence Agency's Small Caliber Ammunition Identification Guide. From this combination it is easy to determine the production date of the pistol. I have been pointed towards this video which was on American Rifleman.
Shot down by flak Borji Toual Feb 27, 1943. P38 surplus, P1 surplus, P38 commercial, and P4 surplus guns. Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003. Determination of a 0-Series pistol is easy. There is some dispute regarding the dates on some serial numbers and your gun may actually be a year off from what is listed. Modified with lengthened pilot gondola section and all controls moved 3 feet forward into new cockpit section, original cockpit becoming an observer's position. The serial number was stamped on the slide.
Mauser: byf series In 1942 the Mauser factory started the production of P38 pistols to fulfill the huge demand for these pistols by the German army. In contrast to Walther, Mauser did not start over with serial numbers at the beginning of every year. In June and July 1940 Walther used the secret code 480. After the manufacturer stamping, the serial numbers are stamped to the right of the pistol, above the handle. The video is slightly less specific about the Victory Model but is interesting.
So a full identification of a P. A schematical drawing is shown below. In one known example a gun with serial S136431 was not shipped until June of 1958. I am guessing to to pressure late in the war from both the Allies and the Russians is what forced some of the guns to be assembled at a different location. The serial number can be located in any one of several places on the gun, depending on which gun you possess.
Production of the P38 ended with the war. It was the numerically most common pistol of the German Wehrmacht. If you wish to link to this page, please link only to the main page, not sub-pages or documents. The serial numbers have no letters, it has a lanyard strap in the grip butt and Trade Mark is on the right side. Suffex letters Letters after Number were assembled at plant. This new code was ac and was introduced in august 1940. Hi, I recently aquired a Walther P38.
Does anyone know where I could find this reference? There are periods were ac + production year were stamped next to eachother and periods where this combination was stacked. In april 1945 the Allied forces captured the Mauser factory and became under control of the French. Wrecked when bellylanded near El Adem Oct 17, 1943 after engine failure. Identifying features: This is where to look for the model number not used until around 1957. Pistols produced under Russian control have a serial number that start with 00 in stead of one 0 and this variation is called the double zero series variation.
Late 1955 — Early 1956 S150,000 — S175,999……Late 1956 — Early 1957 S176,000 — S181,999……Late 1957 — Early 1958 S182,000 — S194,499……Late 1958 — Early 1959 S194,500 — S206. The location in Munich to which he refers is the actual designation of the cvq code. The secret code for Mauser is byf and is stamped on the slide just above the production year last two digits. The trigger guard appears to have an asterisk. The gun is in excellent condition, although it does show the machining marks, common to Spreewerke. Walther used serial numbers ranging from 1 to 10,000.
Although there are specifics to look for, depending on the manufacturer, the P38 is an easily identifiable firearm. Shot down by Bf 109s while on escort mission, Bir Dufan Jan 14, 1943. But these guns are still a collector piece and are a nice addition to have and the value will only go up. Missing near Sirte Dec 21, 1942. The pistols produced in this period are therefore stamped with 480.
Caught fire and burned out after crash. The pistol's serial number on the box matches the pistol. Only a handfull of those pistols were produced because the German army decided to go for the more advanced P38. The Germans were afraid that the Allied forces could easily locate the German weapon production sites and bomb them when they knew the manufacturer. Abandoned and crashed 3 mi N of Derna Apr 20, 1942 after plane caught fire. Walther pistol patents 1926 to 1942 German. The combination of year + serial number + suffix or no suffix for the first 10,000 pistols is unique for every pistol.