1943 WWII Walther “ac/43” Code P.38 Pistol & HOLSTER 9x19mm THIRD REICH C&R
German Wehrmacht Sidearm WaA
Here we present a C&R German Third Reich Walther “ac/43” code P.38 Pistol, made in 1943 in Zella-Mehlis, Germany. The P.38 was designed by Walther to replace the Luger P.08 as the standard service weapon for the Third Reich’s Wehrmacht. The Luger was a ground-breaking design, but quite expensive to produce.
The P.38 was the first locking breech pistol to feature the double/single action firing mechanism with a decocking safety lever, a prelude to many modern pistols to come. It also features a loaded chamber indicator that is both visible and tactile, extending out of the top rear of the slide, just above the hammer. The falling block locking mechanism was also carried into future pistol designs. Many of these design features are found in the Beretta 92 or U.S. M9 pistols.
The Wehrmacht was the primary buyer of these pistols, but the German police also used about 6,800 P.38s. The left side of the slide is marked “P.38” and “ac/43”, the code for Walther and the year of manufacture. This pistol bears the acceptance/proof marks “Eagle/359” and “Eagle/Swastika”. Also included is a “joa/1943” marked, “Eagle/WaA706” proofed, and “Eagle/Swastika” marked P.38 black leather holster. This holster was produced by Carl Heinichen of Dresden in 1943. It is quite rare, as most P.38 holsters were being made in hardshell versions.
The overall condition is fine. Great blued finish. The action is excellent. The bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The grips are solid. The numbers match. The leather holster is likewise in fine shape with clear markings.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger (Parabellum)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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