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I have a P38 manufactured in 9/62 with the narrow slide and no frame hex pin. There is no spring tension on the ejector like there is on my two P1's with beefed up slide and frame hex pin from 1977 and 1979. Is that normal for the older pistol?

The 9/62 ejector is held upright in place when a magazine is inserted in the frame, but it can just fall/rotate forward and down with no mag in place, unlike my P1's that have light spring tension holding the ejector back and up. I have detailed stripped a P1 and noted a spring integral to the bottom of the ejector, but I did not want to take the P38 apart without first hearing from some of the Walther guys. In several exploded views of a P38 I have found online, there does NOT appear to be a spring on the lower end of the ejector.

The P38 will eject a 9mm snap cap, but I am hesitant to shoot it without knowing more. Am I getting excited about nothing? Does a P1 have a spring loaded ejector but not a P38?

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and I will greatly appreciate any help or information you can share.

Bill
 

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On my late production P1's, the ejector has a spring on the bottom that pushes against the frame, holding it up. However, on my wartime P38, the ejector simply pivots loosely on the retaining pin. When you insert a magazine, the magazine presses against the bottom of the ejector and raises it into place. I'm guessing your gun has the latter style of these two ejectors.
 

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The spring was added to the final P1s made for the Bundeswehr. Probably this resulted from someone noticing (after the first half-century of military service) that if the ejector falls forward when the magazine is removed, a chambered round might possibly fail to eject while unloading the pistol. I've never seen it happen, but I suppose it's possible. The same possibility exists if a soldier lost the magazine in combat and tried to use the pistol as a single shot, though the empty would probably drop out through the mag well.

Thus Walther added the extra spring listed on some parts diagrams as the "viagrafeder": it ensures that the ejector stays erect at all times. However, this can be a nuisance as it then must be manually pushed down when remounting the slide and exposes the ejector to damage by those who are used to the traditional setup.

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Thus Walther added the extra spring listed on some parts diagrams as the "viagrafeder": it ensures that the ejector stays erect at all times.
Mike, did I read that correctly - a VIAGRA feather (auf Deutsch) ensures that something stays erect? Ach du Lieber!

Seriously, thanks to both of you for the replies. I appreciate the information, and I feel much better now about test firing my recent acquisition when I get a chance. A friend just happened to come by my garage today with several pistols, including a couple of old Mausers: a Broomhandle and an ayf43 P38. I showed him how to field strip the P38, and sure enough, there was no spring tension on the ejector, but the magazine would hold it upright.

Thanks again for the input.
 
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