World War II WALTHER “ac/42” Code P.38 GERMAN MILITARY Semi-Auto C&R Pistol
9mm Semi-Auto Pistol from the Third Reich with HOLSTER!
Here we present a German Walther “ac/42” code P.38 Pistol, made in 1942 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/42”, the code for Walther and the year of manufacture. The frame, slide and magazine bear the acceptance marks “Eagle/359” and “Eagle/135”.
The overall condition is good. The action is functional—the double action trigger pull is quite stout on this piece. The bore is dim, clear, and remains in good shape. The markings are legible. Mixed numbers. Both grips are well-used, with an average amount of wear. There is a chip in the left grip at the top-rear. This example includes a period holster that is in good shape aside from the stitching at the top of one of the belt loops.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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