Archive for P38

1944 Breakaway P38 Holster & Magazine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the holster that I just sourced for my 1944 Walther P38 pictured below. By 1944 they had pretty much stopped making hard shell holsters (they do exist). Instead they supplied the pistol with a breakaway style holster as here. Folks call them a soft shell holster but that is incorrect.

This example is stamped bla 1944 and has the waffenamt WaA159. BLA is the code for the manufacturer E.G.Leuner GMBH in Bautzen. Interestingly the holster is also personalised to the U.S. Army soldier who captured it (or won it in a card game). Inside the flap is the name Henry J. Lavrich and his ASN 33688587. A quick googling reveals that Henry came from Pennsylvania, enlisted in 1943 and served in the 2nd Armoured Division in Europe. He passed away in 2011. An additional modification on this example is the cutting away of the upper, underneath the flap. This is common in these holsters and I expect it was an act by the user to make the holster easier to draw from.

The holster also contains a e/359 stamped magazine which is the correct magazine for this pistol.

German Walther P38 Pistol

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on May 28, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere is the last Walther P38 semi-automatic pistol I needed for my accumulation. I wanted one made by each of the three manufacturers, Walther, Mauser and Spreewerk. This one is marked AC44 meaning it was manufactured by Walther in 1944. It also is well stamped with the E/WaA359 acceptance stamps for Walther. My Mauser made one is here, my Spreewerk one is here. Now I have to find another 359 marked magazine for it and a holster. By this stage in the war the Jerries had pretty much stopped making the hard shell holsters and this would have come with a breakaway soft holster.

Spreewerk P38 Magazines

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgIn my current quest to put together a complete set of the three P38 manufacturers, here’s something simple. A pair of WaA88 marked magazines. These go with this pistol here. Spreewerk was the lowest count manufacturer of P38 pistols yet surprisingly they are probably one of the most common up here in Canada.


1943 P38 Holster

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgNothing too exciting here. This is a 1943 dated hardshell holster I picked up to match the Mauser made P38 pistol below. This holster is stamped GXY 43 for the manufacturer Klinge, Gebr., Lederwarn-Fabrik, Dresden.

Walther P38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on March 12, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my second Walther P38 Semi-Automatic Pistol. This one is stamped BYF43 indicating it was manufactured by Mauser at the Oberndorf, Baden-Württemberg plant in 1943. It’s marked with an eagle over 135 (E/135) indicating manufacture earlier in 1943. Later in the year they changed to an eagle over WaA135 (E/WaA135). It came with an E/135 marked magazine. One of my other P38s, a Spreewerk, can be found here. My Walther made one is here.

Walther P38 Pistol

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my Walther P38 Semi-automatic pistol. It is manufactured Spreewerk GMBH. The holster is manufactured by Richard Ehrhardt Lederwarenfabrik of Pössneck, Thüringen. The pistol is stamped cyq, the holster bdr with a waffenamt stamp WaA86. It was manufactured in 1942. This pistol is excellent for killing pumpkins by the way.