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DENIX Walther P.38 130.00€

DENIX replica models are made from low-resistance metals and in any case they canot be processed into normal fire arms.They only execute basic movements and they are exact copies of the real ones in terms of dimensions and weight. During the early 1930s, Walther began development of a pistol that would eventually lead to the P.38. Often referred to as the Modell MP, it was a locked-breech design with a exposed barrel, open slide, open slide top sealed by a cover, twin recoil springs mounted in rails on each side of the frame, and a loaded chamber indicator. The rear end of the slide projected rearward to conceal the hammer completely, but the other features mentioned would all eventually be found on the P.38. The lockwork and safety mechanisms were all evolved from the Model PP. The locking mechanism was definitely not that of the future P.38, as the Modell MP had two separate locking blocks, one on each side of the barrel. Walther engineers quickly determined that the MP's locking system was too complex, required extremely close tolerances with too many cam surfaces. It was a Teutonic engineer's dream, but a soldier's potential nightmare. The second developmental stage of the P.38 was designated as the Armee Pistole (Army Pistol or Modell AP). Armee Pistole was spelled out on the left side of the slide, together with the Walther banner. All of the Modell MP deficiencies were corrected. Although a design with excellent potential, it was never placed into series production. In addition to a number of small changes, the locking mechanism became that of the future P.38. Very few were produced. The third developmental stage of the Walther P.38 series has been called Modell MP/F by collectors, with the letter "F" designating a flat slide by removal of the reinforcement rib on the slide. There were also additional minor changes to the locking mechanism. This was the last concealed-hammer version of this series, and in early 1938, Walther applied for a patent of a pistol in this evolutionary series with an exposed hammer. While it's unknown why Walther initially pursued a concealed-hammer design, as both the highly successful PP and PPK pistols had exposed hammers, it's possible that the Germany army had at first requested a concealed hammer pistol because of its experiences in the muddy trenches of World War I. In any event, the fourth and final developmental stage in the P.38's design history was the Modell MP/H (indicating exposed hammer). Apparently only a few were produced before the army adopted the HP in 1938 (Modell Heeres Pistole--Model Army Pistol). The production relationship between the HP and the almost simultaneous P.38 (Pistole 1938) is unclear and quite confused. Early P.38s were almost identical to the HP (which continued to be produced for "commercial sales," i.e., to well-connected Nazis). The major differences were different slide markings, an external extractor, the HP's rectangular firing pin was replaced by one with a round tip, a different configuration for the locking lever and slide stop lever on the left side, and a re-configuration of the grip panels. It is interesting to note that in 1944 the cost of one complete P.38 was $14.08, while the cost of one complete P.08 Luger was S19.80. The commercial retail price of the Model HP during this time was $75. Overall length of the P.38 is 8.6 inches (210.8mm). The barrel is 4.9 inches (125mm) with a six-groove bore with a 1:10 right-hand twist. The height is 5.4 inches (137mm) and the width, at the grip panels, is 1.16 inches (29.5mm). The weight, empty, is about 34 ounces (.963kg). The sights are fixed, front and rear. The rear sight is an open U-notch and the front sight blade is dovetailed to an integral mount on the barrel. Walther-made P.38s--World War II era In April of 1940, the revised German proof laws were adopted and all commercial pistols produced from that time forward had the crown over "N" proof replaced with eagle over "N". The eagle was in the style of the official emblem of the Nazi party. Although the Modell HP was the same as the contemporary P.38, except for markings and finish, the Modell HP was produced, inspected and proofed under civilian control and was not considered to be a service standard. My specimen, serial number 2721, was made between May of 1940 to September of 1940 and was one of approximately 380 produced during that time frame. The entire pistol has a very high polish finish and the left side is marked with the Walther banner and "Waffen-fabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thur.) Walther's Patent Cal. 9m/m Mod. HP". The grips are checkered black plastic with an incipient thumb rest on the left grip panel. This variation is also encountered with checkered wood grips and in caliber .30 Luger (7,65mm Parabellum). Model Walther P.38 Weight 710 gr. Dimension 24 cm Color Black with plastic black handles Date of manufactoring ΙΙ W.W.
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