Pictured on page 241 of Warren Buxton's "The P.38 Pistol, Volume One" and credited to the author's own collection, this pistol was used to show the first variation of "ac/42" Walther production, manufactured sometime around January-March of 1942. Buxton notes that this early style "ac/42" was the last Walther P.38 to bear the "eagle/359" inspection proof on all components. Blade and notch sights, with "P.38" and "ac/42" on the left side of the slide, "eagle/359" proofs as appropriate, and matching numbers on the slide, barrel, locking block and frame. Fitted with a set of ribbed brown plastic grips and a blued magazine with "P.38v" on the side and "eagle/135" on the spine.
Very fine, with 85% plus original blue finish, showing a plum patina on the frame, gray on the frontstrap, bright edge wear and mild handling marks. Some pitting is present on the front sight, along with some polishing marks on the sides of the base. The grips are very good, with mild scuffing and scratching. Mechanically excellent
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