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Old 07-06-2014, 05:11 AM   #11
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I found it sort of odd that this wasn't mentioned by Dieter.
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Dieter shows the AC 44 serial range correctly as 1 - 9496L. The lower case "L" appears as a "1" due to the type font used in the book. I can see how this could be confusing.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:46 AM   #12
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Yes, especially after seeing ac44's with letter codes.
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Yes, especially after seeing ac44's with letter codes.
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It was a good thing you noticed it...thanks. I've already made a note to read the "1" as an "L" in my copy of Dieter's book. I'll get with Searcher on including this issue in the Sticky.
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Dieter Marshall did do it correct AC44 1 to 9496L. Sorry I posted posted before I noticed this thred had gon to 2 pages.

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P.38 suffix letter

It is my understanding that the suffix letter changes at #9999. Then it progresses from a to b to c etc, each 9999 guns produced.

The possible reason for confusion is that in 1943-1944 each manufacturer was producing about 120,000 guns per year, so many times the suffix letter aligns with a month.

Somewhere I read that there was no suffix for the first 9999 guns produced, and then an 'a' was added for the next 9999 then 'b' for the next 9999 etc., but I cannot find that reference and I may be mistaken about that.

Obviously more than 9999 guns were produced in some months but a five digit # like 11111 with a suffix is a very rare animal
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It is my understanding that the suffix letter changes at #9999. Then it progresses from a to b to c etc, each 9999 guns produced.
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That's correct and this has already been stated in the above posts. The reason for confusion was the type font used in the "Code ac 44" section of Dieter Marschall's book, Walther Pistols, Models 1 Through P99, Page 63, made the "L" look like a "1" (one) - so what appears as "1-94961" should be read as "1-9496L". No further discussion is required.
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To avoid further confusion this thread is now closed and converted into a Sticky.
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