Anyone like Walther? Here is probably one of their most iconic firearms, the Walther P38. The Walther P38 is a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol that was developed by Carl Walther as the service pistol of the Wehrmacht at the beginning of World War II. It was intended to replace the costly Luger P08, the production of which was scheduled to end in 1942. The first designs submitted to the German Army featured a locked breech and a hidden hammer, but the German Army requested that it be redesigned with an external hammer. The P38 concept was accepted by the German military in 1938 but production of actual prototype pistols did not begin until late 1939. Walther began manufacture at their plant in Zella-Mehlis and produced three series of "Test" pistols, designated by a "0" prefix to the serial number. The third series pistols satisfactorily solved the previous problems for the Wehrmacht and mass production began in mid-1940, using Walther's military production "ac" code. Several experimental versions were later created in .45 ACP, and .38 Super, but these were never mass-produced. In addition to the 9×19mm Parabellum version, some 7.65×21mm Parabellum and some .22 Long Rifle versions were also manufactured and sold. In all, the P38 was made from 1939-1945 for the German Army, and from 1957-2000 as the P1 pistol. Over 1 million pistols were produced of all variants (including the P1) from its start in 1939 until the year 2000. These were used all over the world, and are some of the most iconic pistols ever made. This specific pistol was made by Mauser in 1943, and is in beautiful shape!!
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