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Old 05-14-2017, 12:00 PM   #1
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Inherited P38: Date and Value

My father past away this past weekend and my mother handed over several fire arms to me which my father had acquired over the years. One of them was a Walther P-38. From what I have been able to gather this pistol dates to early 1940 since it has an "a" suffix on the serial number. I have posted a series of photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pincre...57681897685900

The gun was a gift to my father back in 1012 and it was test fired. i have photos of the firing test in the image folder above.

It also appears that all serial numbers match.

The gun shows sign of wear and there is some deformation on the barrel which has no affect on the guns function.

Is my date assessment correct and what will this gun catch on the current market?

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Old 05-14-2017, 12:40 PM   #2
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Kind of mixed sentiments here. First sorry for your loss. Second, welcome to the forum.

The AC over 40 indicates your P38 was made in 1940 at the Walther factory. The AC indicates the Walther plant, and the 40 is 1940.

The P38's only had four digit serial numbers, starting at 0 or 1 I don't know which, and when production reached 9999, they started over with an a suffix, then b suffix for the next 9999.

There are a ton of people here who are more knowledgeable than me that can add additional information. In the mean time, go to the Classics sub forum and read the sticky threads. There is a lot of information there.

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i have photos of the firing test in the image folder above.
If you're talking about this:



That goes with a Rock Island Armory | Armscor International, Inc 1911.
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The photo is too dark to tell for sure, but your P38 appears to be missing the firing pin block. If so, do not attempt to chamber a cartridge or operate the safety with a cartridge in the chamber, as an accidental firing may result.

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If you're talking about this:



That goes with a Rock Island Armory | Armscor International, Inc 1911.
Thank you for clarifying. I will see if this matches any of the other pistols my father owned. He has several 9mm pistols.
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The photo is too dark to tell for sure, but your P38 appears to be missing the firing pin block. If so, do not attempt to chamber a cartridge or operate the safety with a cartridge in the chamber, as an accidental firing may result.

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To Clarify, This is part F as indicated in this diagram: http://greyarsenal.com/wp-content/up...alther-p38.jpg

I will disassemble again and see if it is there. Thank you

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I have pulled it back apart and yes the automatic firing pin lock is missing. Thank you
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:56 PM   #8
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Also, from your pictures I don't believe that the holster is for a WW2 military p-38. They are maker marked with a date and WaA which yours doesn't show. However, I don't know what it's for maybe it's a commercial holster. Check and see if there are any markings on the inside flap. Here is one of mine for an example.
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It resembles a postwar German police holster for the Astra 600.

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Old 05-22-2017, 08:46 AM   #10
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Thank you. I will look into that as soon as I get a breather.
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