Object Title

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

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


made 1940

Object Number



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

This is the military contractl version of the P.38 that carries the original Walther code 'ac'. The code is on the slide and repeated on the trigger guard.
The Walther P38 is a short-recoil operated, locked-breech pistol with an eight shot magazine. The barrel is locked to the slide using a wedge-shaped locking piece, which can tilt up and down below the barrel. This is while it follows the inclined surfaces on the frame. When the barrel and slide are in battery, the locking piece is in its upper position, and its lugs securely lock the slide to the barrel. It has a high gloss finish and dark brown Bakelite grips.
There is a military acceptace mark on the slide
Carries Birmingham proof marks and has been lightly re-finished





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


Serial Number 9537


9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof marks
eagle over 359; eagle proof mark; eagle over 359 for final acceptance
right side of slide