Object Title

Centrefire self-loading military pistol - Walther Model P.38

Centrefire self-loading military pistol - Walther Model P.38

Date

made 1940

Object Number

PR.10741

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005 Purchased by the Ministry of Defence Pattern Room from Interarms (UK) Ltd. Manchester, February 1996

Physical Description

Exposed barrel with blade foresight dovetailed into a block at the muzzle. Slide with open top section at the front and enclosed at the back, carrying 'U' notch backsight and a manual safety lever on the left side. Slanted slide serrations for grip. Exposed, spurred hammer. Take-down and slide release lever on the left of the frame above the trigger guard. Two-piece dark brown bakelite grips with lateral grooves, the left plate having a small thumb shelf and a lanyard loop near the heel. Heel magazine release tab for the 8-round box magazine. Lightly refinished.

Techniques

Manufactured

Materials

Dimensions

OverallHeight5.39 in
OverallHeight137 mm
OverallLength8.5 in
OverallLength216 mm
OverallWeight0.96 kg
OverallWeight2.12 lbs
OverallWidth1.34 in
OverallWidth34 mm
BarrelLength4.84 in
BarrelLength123 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 9537

Calibre

9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof mark
Birmingham proof marks
Left side of slide and frame, and underside of barrel
Stamped
Proof marks
Eagle over 359; eagle proof mark; eagle over 359 for final acceptance
Right side of slide
Stamped
Model
P.38
Left side of slide
Stamped
Manufacturer
ac
Left side of slide and frame
Stamped

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