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I am new to forums. I have post war P38 imported by Interarms. On the right side of the slide is 2/69. Is this a manufacture date? On the left of the slide is P 38/ II. What is the significance to the Roman numeral II?
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The date is the manufacture of that particular part. Since your pistol was a civilian import, it is probably the date of the finished product. The II was used by the importer, Interarms, as a marketing tool to show that the pistol was a modification of the original P38/P1. German issued P1 did not use the II
 

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... The II was used by the importer, Interarms, as a marketing tool ...
I will gently suggest that that's not quite right. P38 II was a designation briefly adopted by Walther/Ulm when the 'fat" slide was introduced in P38 production. Slides so marked are occasionally encountered, but that designation was soon discontinued and all P38s subsequently imported by Interarms were marked either P38 or P1.

Walther did much the same thing with the P4, which originally was introduced commercially as the "P38 IV".

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