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Hristo_
06-30-2005, 05:59 AM
http://world.guns.ru/handguns/walther_p38_l.jpg

from this page (http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg68-e.htm)

When Hitler became the full power in the Germany in the mid-1930's, he'd began the preparations for the war. The development of the new pistole, to replace aging Lugers was one of such preparations. Carl Walther company began development of the new military pistole in mid-1930's, and in 1938 the Werhmacht (German Army) adopted Walther MP model experimental pistole as "Pistole 38".

The P38 featured a recoil-operated, locked breech design with verticlally tilting blocking bar that connectet the short moving barrel and the slide. It also featured short, top-open slide and, first of the full-power military handguns in the world - the Double action trigger. It also featured manual safety, mounted on the left side of the slide, and loaded chamber indicator at the rear side of the slide. The gun was equipped with the slide catch at the left side of the frame. The frame and slide were all-steel, with blued or polished finish. The grip plates were plastic. The magazine catch was located at the bottom of the grip.

After the WW2, the restored Carl Walther Sportwaffen company introduced an aluminium-frame variant of P38, called the P1, that served as a standart issue sidearm of the Bundeswehr (West German Army). A variant with the shorter barrel, called P4, was developed for police use. The Walther company still manufactured the P38s for commercial market.

All in all, the P38 was wery advanced (for its time) pistol, reliable, accurate and comfortable to carry and fire, and it obviously set the trend for the after-WW2 combat DA pistols.

also, here (http://www.olive-drab.com/od_other_firearms_pistol_p38.php)

Production for the P38 resumed in 1957 for the Bundeswehr, with a new name, the Pistole 1 (or P1). The original steel slide was replaced by dural. It is still being manufactured today in many countries.

Hristo_
06-30-2005, 05:59 AM
http://world.guns.ru/handguns/walther_p38_l.jpg

from this page (http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg68-e.htm)

When Hitler became the full power in the Germany in the mid-1930's, he'd began the preparations for the war. The development of the new pistole, to replace aging Lugers was one of such preparations. Carl Walther company began development of the new military pistole in mid-1930's, and in 1938 the Werhmacht (German Army) adopted Walther MP model experimental pistole as "Pistole 38".

The P38 featured a recoil-operated, locked breech design with verticlally tilting blocking bar that connectet the short moving barrel and the slide. It also featured short, top-open slide and, first of the full-power military handguns in the world - the Double action trigger. It also featured manual safety, mounted on the left side of the slide, and loaded chamber indicator at the rear side of the slide. The gun was equipped with the slide catch at the left side of the frame. The frame and slide were all-steel, with blued or polished finish. The grip plates were plastic. The magazine catch was located at the bottom of the grip.

After the WW2, the restored Carl Walther Sportwaffen company introduced an aluminium-frame variant of P38, called the P1, that served as a standart issue sidearm of the Bundeswehr (West German Army). A variant with the shorter barrel, called P4, was developed for police use. The Walther company still manufactured the P38s for commercial market.

All in all, the P38 was wery advanced (for its time) pistol, reliable, accurate and comfortable to carry and fire, and it obviously set the trend for the after-WW2 combat DA pistols.

also, here (http://www.olive-drab.com/od_other_firearms_pistol_p38.php)

Production for the P38 resumed in 1957 for the Bundeswehr, with a new name, the Pistole 1 (or P1). The original steel slide was replaced by dural. It is still being manufactured today in many countries.

VF-29_Sandman
06-30-2005, 06:16 AM
and here we've been callin that pistol a 'luger' for all this time. hmmm, the ground rats in vietnam had their own 'p-38'...a can opener to get into the c-rat's. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

ClnlSandersLite
06-30-2005, 08:06 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">he ground rats in vietnam had their own 'p-38'...a can opener to get into the c-rat's. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Also, the p-51. It was a larger sized p-38, mostly intended to be used in field kitchens.

TgD Thunderbolt56
06-30-2005, 08:27 AM
I never called the P-38 a Luger. While the Luger was considered a fine weapon (and highly sought as a souvenier) it wasn't as reliable nor did it hold as much ammunition. It WAS heavier though and liked by the Werhmacht as much as the Colt 1911A1 was by the US military.


To me, though, the P-38 will always be known as the "mount" of the highest ranking US pilot in WWII.


TB

geetarman
06-30-2005, 08:33 AM
I thought http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif this guy hated P-38s

han freak solo
06-30-2005, 09:53 PM
I'm sure Hristo loves them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

Going down in flames as a result of his gunnery.

BTW, nice pistol choice there, Hristos! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Q - Do y'all know what I like about the P-38 in 4.01?
A - I could easily fly it with a twisty stick.

Slater_51st
06-30-2005, 10:03 PM
I like P38s too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I don't get mine for another 3 months though. It'll feel right at home with my 5 K98ks, but I think my 2 03s and M-1 will be a bit upset.

Anyone notice durring the Indiana Jones films, almost all the Germans have P-38s? I didn't notice a single Luger. Funny, because P-38s started production in 40(at least first production code is AC 40), and the Jones films are all pre 1938. And what's with the MP-40s being used? They certainly weren't around then.

Hmm, somethin fishy there. This just proves that Indiana Jones Nazis were overmodeled and a patch should be released.....

S! Slater

han freak solo
06-30-2005, 10:39 PM
Well, they had that crazy twin engined German aircraft in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. At least the guns were really made.

Luv the flick, though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

AerialTarget
06-30-2005, 11:47 PM
It's been a long time since I've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, but wasn't the twin engined aircraft shown a real plane? I seem to remember that it was a twin engine flying wing bomber. And I believe that the Nazis were indeed experimenting with such an airplane.

By the way, the Walther P-38 stank. It just did. Don't ask me for evidence. Everyone knows that the Colt Nineteen Eleven outperformed it in every way. I don't have any figures to prove it, but it's true! It was a joke of a handgun which caused the German troops to be consistently pwnzored throughout the war by the Americans and their Nineteen Elevens.

Cajun76
07-01-2005, 12:56 AM
I can't even find the Indy plane at Luft '46 napkin sketch site. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/ij_plane.jpg