Walther P38 Jubilee Edition 9 x 19mm pistol

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Overview

The Walther P38 is a semi automatic, double and single action pistol chambered for 9 x 19mm parabellum.

Developed by Walther as the service pistol to replace the costly Luger P.08, the production of which was scheduled to end in 1942.

The P38 concept was accepted by the German military in 1938 but production of actual prototype ‘test’ pistols did not begin until late 1939 at the Walther factory in Zella-Mehlis where 3 series of ‘test’ pistols were made, the third series satisfying the German army requirements and mass production commenced in mid 1940.

The P38 was the first locked-breech pistol to use a double-action/single-action trigger, the shooter could load a round into the chamber, use a decocking lever to safely lower the hammer without firing the round and carry the weapon loaded with the hammer down. A pull of the trigger, with the hammer down, fired the first shot and the operation of the pistol ejected the fired cartridge case, loaded a fresh round into the chamber and cocked the hammer for single-action operation for each subsequent shot – all features found in modern handguns.

 Initial production models were fitted with wooden grips but these were superceded by grips moulded in black bakelite. Also featured was a visible and tactile loaded chamber indicator (as does Walthers PP and PPK models) in the form of a metal rod that protrudes from the top of the rear end of the slide when a round is in the chamber.

The Walther P38 was in production from 1938 until 1963, between 1945 and 1957, no P38s were produced for the German military.

Slowly over time, West Germany desired to rebuild its military to shoulder some of the burden for its own defense. Walther retooled for new P38 production and when the Bundeswehr announced it wanted the P38 for its official service pistol, Walther was in production within two years, using wartime pistols as models but with new engineering drawings and machine tools.

The first of the new P38s were delivered to the West German military in June 1957, some 17 years and two months after the pistol had seen action in WWII. From 1957 until 1963 the P38 was again the standard sidearm.

 Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for German military and police forces – from 1940 until 1963, or in civilian and recreational use up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Walther P38 Jubilee Edition presentation pistol. It is chambered for 9 x 19mm, is fitted with carved oak leaf motif on walnut grips (when first made, the P38 had wood grips) and has a gold plated hammer, trigger and ejector.  It is is finished in a high quality commercial blueing and is engraved – ’50 years Jubilee 1938-1988′.