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Old 01-03-2017, 07:44 PM   #1
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trying to find out who this gun was assigned to in WWII any ideas.


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Old 01-03-2017, 08:17 PM   #2
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Definitely need some clarification on this one, Blg1960. Try some photographs as a start:

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Are you asking about a specific Walther P.38 or the pistol in general?
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:34 PM   #5
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Are you asking about a specific Walther P.38 or the pistol in general?

I have a Walther P 38 in which I am trying to find out who it was issued to during WWII it is complete with all original parts and clip. On the clip it has numbers etched into it. how would you go about to locate a name.
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Well, "A German soldier" is probably as close as you're going to get.
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It would be amazing to know but no records were kept of serial numbers to specific soldiers. The few ones that are documented in other ways command a huge premium.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:29 PM   #8
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The following site has examples of WW2 P.38's that you can match to yours: P38 Guns

Photos would be helpful or give us the manufacturer's code, date, and full serial number so we can tell you what we can.
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Well, "A German soldier" is probably as close as you're going to get.

This is correct.

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Sadly, it's nearly impossible to know the whole story behind an old pistol's lifetime, from the time it was liquid steel to your hand today. I'd love to know who's shirt pocket my Modell 9 rested in; the policeman who wielded my P5 in the 1980's. Sadly, like W-Gator said above, full accounts of individual wartime firearms are seldom kept and if they are, it's probably an "infamous" pistol with quite a tale, and worth more than it's weight in gold (or in a museum).

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