1943 Walther P.38

1943 Walther P.38

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    1943 Walther P.38

    Not exactly a carry gun (and I certainly won't be carrying it) but I wanted to share my latest acquisition.

    My grandfather captured this P.38 south of Munich near the end of the second world war. I picked it up today and have been learning more about it since then.

    It's a CYQ c-block, meaning it was produced in May of 1943 at the Spreewerk manufacturing facility. It's all numbers matching and in great condition.

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    I also have 6 boxes of unfired Nazi produced 9mm ammunition ranging in years from 1936 to 1943. It's interesting to see the progression, they start off normal brass/copper but then end up steel cased and perhaps an iron bullet? I used the 1943 produced steel/iron for all these pictures since that was the year the gun was made in.











    As you can see here, the grips are not black as they appear in most of these pictures but rather a dark brown. I'm glad because I somewhat prefer the brown color. You can also see the Nazi approval stamp.



    It's a really fascinating piece of history.
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    Sweet.
    If I remember right, mine was made in '42. My father told me he "took it off dead German". He was a Darby Ranger in WWII. He said he had an officer's Beretta, too, but he threw it overboard when someone said they were getting inspected, so that one didn't make it back.

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    Very cool, and more so with the family history! The period ammunition is a nice addition as well..

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    Nice piece of history, and a nice gun to boot!
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    Very nice example and with the family history an important handgun.

    Thanks for posting the photos and also showing the ammo!

    I have a Spreewerk P-38 with a Y-block serial number and the same brown grip panels. Some say Spreewerk used slave labor to manufacture their guns which are more prone to slide breakage but I've yet to have a problem with mine which shoots quite nice.
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    During WWII someone in my Dad's outfit found a wooden case of P-38's that were brand new, still with cosmoline. They shared them so he had one and he said that someone stole it from his duffle bag while he was on the transport ship headed back to the U.S. Well, he may have lost it in a crap game too and just didn't want to admit it.

    I bought one a while back, supposedly it was a Russian capture gun. It shoots good, but boy does that DA need some pounds to pull
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    Thanks for the compliments everyone!

    And you are right about that...the trigger pull in DA is intense. Reminds me of shooting an old DA revolver. It's not too bad in single action though.
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    thats an amazing piece, i love old historical pieces more than new modern marvels
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    I really enjoy shooting the P-38 that I have access to. It tends to shoot a bit low, but generally makes one ragged hole out of a magazine.

    That one is awesome to because you know the personal history behind it, definitely something to hold on to.
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    Super cool!!! Historical significance and family history. That's a keeper for sure. Thanks for sharing.
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    Ahhhh....The exact klunko gun that I absolutely love to hate.
    A great family heirloom or a super-neat paperweight though.

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