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Old 01-28-2020, 06:43 PM   #1
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Peculiar detent on Spreewerk P-38

A close friend of mine is Walther P-38 collector and he recently purchased a Spreewerk pistol (6900 z series serial number) that has a peculiar detent in the firing pin & indicator cover.

The detent is no more than 1.5 mm dia. and is located approx 1 cm in front of the firing pin retainer pin. The drilled face of the hole in the cover has the same factory original finish as the rest of the gun, so the cover appears to have been drilled and the part installed at the time of gun’s original manufacture.

An example of a gun with this part does appear in Alexander Krutzek’s book, “The P.38 Pistol.”

Was it designed to prevent the cover from coming off under impact? Was it designed to prevent the indicator pin from popping out of position under impact? Why would the Germans doing with a non-standard configuration in February 1945? (Cancel that last question, the Germans were doing a lot of questionable things at that time.)

It is mystery.

Any ideas?
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Old 01-28-2020, 06:48 PM   #2
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...the pistol in question is a cyq series with a double stamped “A 38” marking. Here’s a pic of that marking (the weapon appears to be a pistol with > 95% of its original factory finish):
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