Walther P-38 Automatic Pistol was used by the German army in World War II. By the
end of WWII, over 1 million of these hand guns had been manufactured, made also by
Mauser-Werke and Spree-Werke, among others.
The Carl Walther company began development of a new military pistol in mid-1930s to
replace the WW1 Luger design. In 1938, the
Werhmacht adopted Walther MP model experimental pistol, called the "Pistole 38."
Features of the Walther P-38 Handgun
The P-38 features a recoil-operated, locked breech design with vertically tilting
blocking bar that connects the moving barrel and the slide. It was the first full-power
military handgun to feature a double-action trigger.
Other features includes a short, top-open slide, a manual safety mounted on the left
side of the slide, and loaded chamber indicator at the rear side of the slide. The frame
and slide are steel, with blued or polished finish. The grip plates are plastic. The
magazine loads from the bottom of the hand grip.
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Illustrated with more than 200 photos and charts that show every aspect of the P-38 and
its many variations. Based on the author's 15 years of research and communications with
key manufacturers and dealers. A great book for serious collectors, owners, users, and
admirers of the P-38 and related firearms.
Comprehensive account of the development and use of the famous P.38 pistol, which:
Explains in detail the success of the P 38 in World War II and its worldwide acceptance
Traces the P38's technological break-throughs, from their beginning to the present,
featuring the double-action and breech-locking mechanisms.
Covers rare models, including the "Gray Ghosts" of the early post-WWII period.
Also includes production figures, highlights identifying proofmarks, and insights on how
to be a smart P38 collector.
Includes insights on how to be a smart P 38 collector.
About the author
1 - The P 38 Pistol : Important - Yet Underrated
2 - The heeres Pistole (HP)
3 - Characteristics of the P 38
4 - The Early P 38s: 1939-1940
5 - World War II: P 38 Production by Walther
6 - WWII P 38s by Mauser-Werke & Spreewerke
7 - WWII P-38s by Other Manufactureres
8 - In the Wake of World War II
9 - The Gray Ghosts : Early Postwar P 38's
10- Walther in the Postware Era: 1945-1956
11- Postwar P 38/P 1 Improvements and Service
12- Civilian and Commercial P38s
13- Walther's P4: A Transitional Pistol
14- The P38 and its Competitors: 1975-1980
15- The Compact, Snub-Nose P 38K
16- Recent Models from Walther
17- The Smart P 38 Collector
18- The P 38 Legacy: Past and Present
Your Walther P.38 Pistols by Edward Hoffschmidt
Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Blacksmith Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 0941540014 List price $14.95