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Old 01-23-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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Hey everyone! I just inherited a nice P38. I did a little reaserch on it and its a Walther 1941 that has all of the correct markings. The question I have with it is the serial number. Most I've seen has four or more numbers in it. This one has 166 d for the number. Can anyone give me a little information on it? I'd appreciate it greatly!
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Post some pictures and you'll get some feedback. It sounds like an early one - hope it is all original and in good condition.
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The serial numbers on P.38 pistols ran from 1 through 9,999, then 1a through 9,999a, then 1b through 9,999b, then 1c through 9,999c, etc. through the alphabet. A good investment for you would be Dieter Marschall's excellent book "Walther Pistols Models 1 Through P99," which has an informative section on the P.38 pistols and its successors.

Do post some photos of your pistol; we'd all love to take a look. This ...

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Except that I once examined a Mauser-made P.38 that was serialized 10,000.

It wasn't supposed to exist, but there it was.

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They also were supposed to cycle out the serial numbers in strict sequential order, but they didn't always do that, either. From Herr Marschall's book: "At times the end of the year would cause the numbering sequence to start over at 1. For example, the numbering sequence could have been at 7,000y at year's end, and the sequence would revert to 1 with the beginning of the next year and then the sequence would continue with the a, b, etc., suffixes after the 'no suffix' block was used."

Hope you still have that 10,000 Mauser, MGMike. Would love to see that one.
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Thank you for responding! Here's some pics for you guys to check out.











I hope this works. The photobucket app on my phone kept crashing LOL!
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That's a nice looking pistol, especially for one that was made that early in the war. Thanks for sharing your treasure with us. Too bad they can't talk.
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