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Old 11-29-2011, 12:18 AM   #1
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I picked up this pistol a few years ago. It's a decent shape Walther P38 ac41 serial number 9480b. The thing that impresses me the most is the fitting of the parts especially the slide to frame. It also appears to be a highly polished blue and much of the finish is flaking off. I hope my pics will properly show the finish. It was probably a beauty brand new out of the factory! There is also a magazine but the serial number on that doesn't match the pistol. Perhaps somebody out there has the pistol with this magazine serial number?

Serial number.
Fitting.
Top of pistol pic #1.
Top of pistol pic #2.
Top of pistol pic #3.
Hammer.
Proofmarks.
Proofmarks closeup.
Magazine serial number.
Magazine proof.
Magazine spine.

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Old 11-29-2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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Nice early P-38. The fit and finish on them were really a sight to behold!
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:45 AM   #3
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What I like about the AC41 and early AC42 P-38's is that they took the time to stamp the small parts. Congratulations on a great find.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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You might want to check on the P.38 Forum with Orv Reichert, who keeps a list of reported P.38s from around the world. Who knows, but you might actually be able to find the person who owns the pistol with that serial number.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:40 PM   #5
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You might want to check on the P.38 Forum with Orv Reichert, who keeps a list of reported P.38s from around the world. Who knows, but you might actually be able to find the person who owns the pistol with that serial number.
Thanks, everybody!

I have this same post on the P38 forum as well. I'm hoping that Orv sees this post and can provide some insight into that mag's original pistol. Likewise, I hope he can help me locate the original mag(s) for my ac41. I think I sent him the info in an email several years ago but don't remember for sure.

I found this ac41 at a gunstore in Ft. Worth, Texas. Alongside the ac41 was a CZ46 which I purchased also. Each pistol came with two mags and a postwar holster. The price of each set with tax was $487.13. I snatched up both in a jiffy. Sadly, I lost accountability of one of the mags for the ac41, and it was a WWII era mag too. I remember the guy behind the counter telling me about "blood splatter" on the ac41. But you know the saying about guns and stories.

I will post pics of my CZ46 later when I have some time.

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:10 PM   #6
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Wish I had a dollar for every story I've heard through the years about blood on a P.38.
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Wish I had a dollar for every story I've heard through the years about blood on a P.38.

That and that the pistol belonged to an officer in the SS...


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That and that the pistol belonged to an officer in the SS...


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Wait ... you mean that every P.38 issued during WWII didn't belong to an officer or one sort or another?
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I never posted pics showing the pistol in full. Here you are:





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Old 12-18-2011, 11:39 AM   #10
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Hey, thanks for that look at a venerable old soldier, Pie. Very nice, indeed.
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