It is in excellent condition, with little noticable wear. These Walther's will have serial numbers on the slide, frame, barrel, and locking block so a mis-match is easy to spot. It is a rather unusual looking pistol with most of the extended part of the barrel cut down to the front of the slide. This is a commercial marked 1944 P38 hard shell holster! Most likely done by the Russians who captured it. Trigger Pull: The Walther was designed in the mid-1930's and was probably the first military pistol with a double action trigger mechanism. We ensured that the markings were the minimum required by federal law and we used a laser engraver to ensure that the required markings would be done professionally and not detract from the overall appearance or value of the P38.
A slightly shorter and thinner model. Be sure to check this all out! Shoot hot ammo or don't properly clean or maintain it and it won't last. This causes cracks in the frame, often through the take-down lever area. Inside of this holster there is no lift strap. In addition to the 9×19mm Parabellum version, some and some versions were also manufactured and sold.
There are some differences in the between the two models. Wood grips were added from Gun Parts Corp. There isn't a lot that can be done to improve the trigger, and installing a spring kit usually causes reliability problems. The magazine release is ambidextrious and is placed along both sides of the lower part of the trigger guard. Best to do is fill it with newspaper and put it away. In June, 1940 the Army issued orders to the Mauser, Obendorf to cease production of the P08 Luger, and begin to produce the P38. There are limited quantities available of legal 16 round magazines for civilians.
Keep in mind Hoffschmidt's book was written circa 1975, so it will have information that is more dated. These were the very first military P38s, and only 13,000 were made between April 1939 and March 1940. This model was never adopted by the German government but is used by some German police agencies. Production began in September 1941. It is still a very accurate pistol, but not as accurate as the original P88 Standard.
Pulling the trigger cocks the hammer before firing the first shot with double-action operation. This gun would rate at least 99%. In fact, when I want to practice marksmanship fundamentals like sight alignment, trigger pull, and breathing, I shoot my P1. The 70,s guns didn't look quite as good as the 81 dated gun that I bought and may have been issued. An idea that Walther had experimented with back in the 1930's.
Earl is the only source for most Walther accesories short of visiting Ulm, Germany yourself. The purpose of this blog is to provide me a way to share that passion. I am an Army vet whose interest in firearms was kindled at an early age. Complete line of Walther pistols plus revolvers, long guns from Walther and others, revolvers, and more. It came with a neato German issue holster and two, eight round magazines stamped with s. These are the most copied grips out there. There were some changes to the pistol when Walther was allowed to tool up for production.
Don't be afraid to get a refurb--the krauts did a thorough job of fixing these up, and stored them for future red army invasions. It looks very similar to the P-5 Standard. It was awarded by the Fuhrer, though not presented by Hitler himself in every case. I can't guarantee that it's got a factory finish, as the gun was made during war time. Because the Wehrmacht needed more than 10,000 pistols per month, they looked for other manufacturers to produce the P38.
Articles and Advertisements from the 2008 Walther catalog. Serial numbers began at 9999a, and ended with 9999b. The P5 was also used in one Bond movie but the title escapes me. I can't over emphasize how rare this holster is, so be extremely careful if you see one for sale! By the end of the war Spreewerke produced around 285,000 P38s. To make the gun last, shoot only standard ammo, and use only factory weight recoil springs. The magazine release will push from either side. These are excellent guns on all counts, are great plinkers, and still deliver as a defense gun.