Walther P38 / P1

Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Countries: Germany, Austria, France, Vietnam, South Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq +

Branch: Armed Forces, Law Enforcement

Time Period: 1939- present (2020)

Conflicts: WWII, Vietnam War, Global War on Terrorism

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Cartridge: 9x19mm Parabellum

Info: Designed in 1938 to replace the Luger, the Walther P38 did not see production until 1939 and was hoped to replace the Luger by 1942. Both the Walther and the Luger, as well as several other pistol designs served the German military until the end of the war in 1945. The Walther P38 after the war was re-designated as the P1 pistol and used by both West and East Germany during the Cold War. The P1 was not phased out by the German police until 2004. Most countries that were under German occupation adopted the Walther P38/ P1 pistol post-war due to the surplus of them. Other Countries such as Afghanistan and South Africa adopted the P1 pistol or they were given to them.