Your Pistol should have on the left side behind trigger guard the Eagle over 359 military acceptance stamp and on the right side under the ejection point the eagle over N Proof Mark See page 112. Gary, can't help with the serial number, but if it was proof tested in Germany there might be a proof mark and date code on the pistol. One search field focuses specifically on stolen weapons, whereas the other search field is more general. Otherwise, I advise not buy a mis-matched, re-finished, or import marked gun. In addition, special guides reduce the hydraulic resistance when the striker moves forward. Still others will be found with Army acceptance marks in the form of an eagle, Swastika, and Waffenamt numbers.
Most of the prewar numbers on both handguns were in the same proximity with numbers only a few thousand apart. Walther recommends against the use of overpressure ammunition in Walther firearms. The sculpted and stippled grip is well designed to allow virtually any size hand to be able to control the pistol. Membership is free and we welcome all types of shooters, whether you're a novice or a pro. The slide however continues its rearward movement on the frame, ejecting the spent case and cocking the hammer before reaching the end of travel.
It really should have wood grips to be correct, but that does not hurt the value, as alot of officers would change out grips. Oh yes I forgot, on the spline of the magazine you should see a small W. For jurisdictions which restrict magazine capacity to 10 rounds, Walther offers single stack 10-round magazines. This is true with many martial arms on the market. The other side of the slide has Interarms on it, and the serial number is 01 20780. Has some holster wear on slide, but other than that, pretty clean with original bluing.
I am going to attempt to upload some pics of the gun for inspection. This pistol will not fire without a magazine in place. The pistol has a in the form of an extractor on the right side of the slide that gets recessed in the slide when a cartridge is present in the chamber. I don't care for the M2's button mag release, but I plan on swapping the slides aroundso that I end up with a 5 incher with the paddle style mag release. Walther retooled for new P38 production since no military firearms production had occurred in West Germany since the end of the war, knowing that the military would again seek Walther firearms. CrowYou can simply e-mail Walther. Any other opinions are certainly welcome.
It was rather wide for a gun that size, almost the width of the entire slide, and short besides. Post war P1 grips were made of sheet metal. These parts were numbered and sitting in parts bins, ready to be assembled and test fired. You are lucky that it works so well. An improved version of the P38, the Walther P4, was developed in the late 1970s and was adopted by the police forces of South Africa, and. As stupid as this sounds, do you guys remember cap guns from back in the day, where you'd put the red tape with the caps on it and a flat piece of metal would smack them to make it go off? The serial number is 383199P, and is also stamped 'ac' under the serial on the slide, but not by the handle.
I have one more question though: Being new to Walthers i went ahead and bought a magazine for the. When the trigger is pulled, the trigger bar engages a disconnect lever, which props up a sear hook, which releases the fully pre-loaded striker assembly, firing the pistol. P38 surplus, P1 surplus, P38 commercial, and P4 surplus guns. Small size ideal for small hands. Serial numbers began at 1 and ended at roughly 750,000. A non-standard hole in the striker channel ensures sufficient water displacement if the weapon becomes completely flooded with water. Much obliged for your response.
There is a mark on the bolt and under the bolt just under the ejection port. Ok, I guess all these postings still leave me with questions. Join us to discuss firearms of all kinds, gun accessories, legal issues and more. These I believe are the same, but I haven't been able to look at them close enough to be sure. I am not able to post pictures right now but will upload them in the morning when I get to my computer. Crow Crown over N stamp shows that the pistol was test fired using ammunition loaded with smokeless gunpowder. I realize there is an element of subjectivity to this but you appear to be very knowledgeable about these pistols about which i have admitted i know very little.
Last of the war, 40,000 produced, last unknown. History: The P-38 is considered the first modern combat handgun. I checked your serial number chart, but my number is not listed as either 1940 or 1941. See the Bottom of the attached page Page 16. Ahead of that is a Picatinny rail for the mounting of lights, lasers and other accessories. Fortunately, given the historical background of Walther pistols, there are books available that list many of the serial numbers of the guns that were produced by Walther.
The numbers assigned to the French Co. Pistols are not my strong point, so I need help dating this pistol. The rear sighting element is adjustable for by a screw and the front sighting element can be adjusted for by exchanging the front sight. Engraving is ornamental stuff, like scrolls, leaves, and vines, or a personal name or monogram. Some of these are merely factory serial numbers and proof marks indicating that the gun has functioned safely when fired with high pressure cartridges. The postwar pistols, whether marked as P38 or P1, have an frame rather than the steel frame of the original design.
Most of these late war pistols are mismatched, meaning the slide number did not match the frame. Walther adapted the tactical styling and Performance Design concepts from our centerfire handguns and applied them to the. For this variation only 3 more are known according to the literature. I'm more curious about identification than value, but value would be nice also. If you wish to link to this page, please link only to the main page, not sub-pages or documents.