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Old October 19, 2004, 03:12 PM   #4
Herr Walther
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You have a Walther manufactured P.38. 1943 saw the highest production of the P.38 and marked the beginning of the end of the nice machine work and finishes. Commercial HP's were still manufactured and sold during the war if you were of enough importance to be issued a permit by the Verwaltungspolizei to purchase one.

One important change was made to the frame of the P.38 after the 'f' block. The machining was changed to include a 'bump' or radiused area around the trigger pin to strengthen this area.

As hard as it may be to believe, not all Werhmacht soldiers nor Luftwaffe airmen were Nazi's. Most were just german soldiers either drafted or enlisted and had no ties whatsoever to the Nazi Party. They were not endoctrinated in Nazi ideology nor did they receive the same training.

Pistols were not commonly issued to foot soldiers. Tank crews often received a P.38 as did most officers, but officers had to buy their own as well as those who carried the PP and PPK. The P.38 was not used by the various police organizations during the war. The standard issue was the PP. The Kripo often carried the PPK.

The police acceptance stamp is the Eagle/C mark.
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