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The P38 in .22 LR is pretty uncommon. According to Dieter there were only 5000 complete pistols produced between 1967 and 1987 in addition to the conversion kits.

What year is yours ? Mine was made in 1968. I haven't shot mine a whole lot but its been pretty reliable. It came with all black sights that I replaced with a set of von Stavenhagens. The magazines are a lot easier to load if you use a Maglula 22UpLula.
 

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I found this rare one in a local shop. pretty rare from what I understand.
The P38 .22LR are always nice shooter, the first one I purchased many years ago is almost like yours but the last one I grabbed recently is very unusual to find since it is the "all steel" version. No sources on this model around, from what I found out a very few oh them were produced at the very beginning of the Eighties. I spend my time handling it and admiring it... I know this is a dangerous addicition to Walther P38 but I have no defense. :cautious:
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Welcome to the forum Oplophilus. That's a beautiful P38 you have there. I really like those grips and that high polish slide.
 

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Welcome to the forum Oplophilus. That's a beautiful P38 you have there. I really like those grips and that high polish slide.
Thanks a lot Redcat94, I was already registered on this forum but I do not know why I have just logged in with my gmail account instead of my usual account.... strange things happening...
Anyhow, at the gunshop where I found it they told me it was one of the pistols from HERMANN HISTORICA (they are a warranty about the quality of the products they sell) so I did not hesitate to grab it. This is the second "all steel" P38 .22LR that I see in my whole life but the first one I saw on the web was in a foreign country and I had no idea on how to import it.
Each Walther P38 is fantastic but the ones entirely made of steel have an edge over the others ;)
 

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The one below is my first P38 caliber 5,6mm (the european designation of .22LR) and an ordinary target at 25 meters (the shooter is a dead loss one: me) with the cheapest .22LR ammo I could find at the shooting range. In the right hands I am pretty sure it would only score 9 and 10. ;)
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The P38 in .22 LR is pretty uncommon. According to Dieter there were only 5000 complete pistols produced between 1967 and 1987 in addition to the conversion kits.

What year is yours ? Mine was made in 1968. I haven't shot mine a whole lot but its been pretty reliable. It came with all black sights that I replaced with a set of von Stavenhagens. The magazines are a lot easier to load if you use a Maglula 22UpLula.
Wow! It is absolutrely new! Congratulations!
 

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Wow! It is absolutrely new! Congratulations!
Thank you. It's one of the few Walther's I've bought used that came with the box. I don't think its previous owner ever shot it. His loss.

Since I got it I changed its appearance a little by installing a set of ribbed WWII grips. Here's how it looks now.
 

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Those grips were made by Karl Nill. The early Nills are not KN marked but the inside contours match the later one. Nill made a lot of grips for Walther and the gun could be ordered in Germany with the Nills, or the grips bought extra.
Later Nill grips have a flat screw head, early ones for the PP use the Walther factory screw.
 

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Those grips were made by Karl Nill. The early Nills are not KN marked but the inside contours match the later one. Nill made a lot of grips for Walther and the gun could be ordered in Germany with the Nills, or the grips bought extra.
Later Nill grips have a flat screw head, early ones for the PP use the Walther factory screw.
I was pretty sure they were original Walther Griffschalen.... the IH marking on my P38 .22LR "All Steel" says it was produced in 1987, my P38 features the same grips that were provided in Europe with the model celebrating the 100 years of Walther "1886-1986" (the Centenary models distributed in the United States were provided with classic black plastic grips).
I collect Walther grips and a few years ago I purchased two pairs of KN wood grips (one is absolutely smooth and the other one is chequered) and I never saw Nill grips like the ones I have both on the 1987 Walther P38 .22LR "All Steel" than on the 1986 Walther P38 "1886-1986".
I am going to enclose a couple of pictures.
 

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I was pretty sure they were original Walther Griffschalen.... the IH marking on my P38 .22LR "All Steel" says it was produced in 1987, my P38 features the same grips that were provided in Europe with the model celebrating the 100 years of Walther "1886-1986" (the Centenary models distributed in the United States were provided with classic black plastic grips).
I collect Walther grips and a few years ago I purchased two pairs of KN wood grips (one is absolutely smooth and the other one is chequered) and I never saw Nill grips like the ones I have both on the 1987 Walther P38 .22LR "All Steel" than on the 1986 Walther P38 "1886-1986".
I am going to enclose a couple of pictures.
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Welcome to the forum Oplophilus. That's a beautiful P38 you have there. I really like those grips and that high polish slide.
...have you ever seen any other P38 "all steel" like mine? I am desperately looking for info on the web about this model but I can't find anything... 馃え
 

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...have you ever seen any other P38 "all steel" like mine?
I can only recall seeing one steel framed .22 P38 but whether it left the factory as a complete pistol or was a .22 conversion kit placed on to an orphaned frame I do not know.

Are you sure that your "100 Jahre" P38 has a steel frame ? The hex pin would indicate an aluminum frame.
 

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I can only recall seeing one steel framed .22 P38 but whether it left the factory as a complete pistol or was a .22 conversion kit placed on to an orphaned frame I do not know.

Are you sure that your "100 Jahre" P38 has a steel frame ? The hex pin would indicate an aluminum frame.
please forgive me, I was not clear enough: you are absolutely right, the "100 Jahre 1886-1986" model featured the aluminum frame, the .22LR P38 I recently purchased has the steel frame
 

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I can only recall seeing one steel framed .22 P38 but whether it left the factory as a complete pistol or was a .22 conversion kit placed on to an orphaned frame I do not know.
the P38 .22LR I have purchased has the same serial number on the frame and on the slide and the .22LR barrel is not removable like my simple P38 5,6mm aluminum frame model
 

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I can only recall seeing one steel framed .22 P38 but whether it left the factory as a complete pistol or was a .22 conversion kit placed on to an orphaned frame I do not know.

Are you sure that your "100 Jahre" P38 has a steel frame ? The hex pin would indicate an aluminum frame.
There is something I can't explain.... I have just taken out from the safe my P38 "1886-1986 100 Jahre" and it has the STEEL frame (like it should be) while the ones for the American market (I posted the pictures above) had the aluminum frame with the hexagonal pin....
I was so lucky to know a special person working for the Walther brand in Germany and some years ago he wrote this message to me:
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There is something I can't explain.... I have just taken out from the safe my P38 "1886-1986 100 Jahre" and it has the STEEL frame
Just that so I'm clear on which pistol we're talking about...is your S/N 505389 in post #18 the steel framed .22 ?
 

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yes, everything started from the post of Andyd_is_PzGren:

Those grips were made by Karl Nill. The early Nills are not KN marked but the inside contours match the later one. Nill made a lot of grips for Walther and the gun could be ordered in Germany with the Nills, or the grips bought extra.

So I replied that the grips of wood that I have on the 1987 Walther P38 .22LR (#4342) steel frame are the same I have on the 1986 Walther P38 "1886-1986 100 Jahre" 7,65mm Parabellum (#505389) steel frame.
So I am sure those grips are original from Walther (and not Nill grips) and they were provided with special models made at the end of the Eighties. Both my P38 (.22LR and .30 Luger) have the steel frame, but I was surprised to notice that Walther P38 "1886-1986 100 Jahre" for the american market were with aluminum frame and not with steel frame like here in Europe. I just did realize it when I post the pictures above (coming from US websites) to show the grips of wood.
 
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