German Walther P38 Pistol

Description
Physical Description
German Walther P38 pistol, 9 mm.
General History
The Carl Walther Company began development of a new military pistol in the mid-1930s to replace the WW I Luger design. In 1938, the Werhmacht adopted Walther's design and called it the "Pistole 38." The pistol went into full production by mid-1940 and became standard issue in the World War II. Although never as famous as the Luger pistol, the P38 was issued to far more troops.
Object Name
pistol
licensee
Walther
maker
Mauser
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 20.955 cm x 3.81 cm
Place Made
Germany
ID Number
AF*58195M
catalog number
058195M
accession number
209540
subject
Firearms
related event
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Exhibition
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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