THIRD REICH P.38 Pistol SPREEWERKE “cyq” Code Eagle 88 9×19 WWII German C&R
September 1944 Mfr. Date
Here we present a C&R German Third Reich Spreewerke “cyq” code P.38 Pistol, made circa the early to middle of World War II in Spreewerke, Czechoslovakia. It is estimated that some 284,500 P.38s were manufactured at Spreewerke with the serial numbers running from 501 to 10,000z. 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, which was the unified armed forces of Germany from 1935 to 1945, was the primary buyer of these pistols, but the German police also used about 6,800 P.38s. Many of these were brought back by victorious Allied soldiers, especially US troops.
The left side of the slide is marked “P.38” and “cyq”, the code for Spreewerke. The gun bears the acceptance marks “Eagle/88” and “Eagle/Swastika”.
The overall condition is near fine. Original finish. The action is excellent. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The numbers match. Grips are solid.
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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