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Walther Models 1-9, PP, PPK, and P38 Pistol Identification Guide

This is one of a series of identification guides for small arms produced by Walther. In 1910, Walther introduced the "Deutche Selbstlade Pistole Walther" in 6.35mm. When the Model 2 was released in 1914, this pistol became known as the Model 1. These 9 models illustrate the eveloution of Walther pistol design which culminated in the Walther PP (Polizeipistole) introduced in 1929 and the Walther PPK(Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell) introduced in 1931. Additional proof and issue marks can be found on most models which increase their rarity. The P38 was a further development by the Walther firm to produce a 9mm pistol for the military to replace the Luger. To the best of our knowledge, all the examples shown are original pre-1945 manufacture. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please contact Vern@GermanDaggers.com.

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Walther Models 1-9 Identification Guide





Walther Model 1 - produced 1910-1914
Caliber 6.35mm - 6 round magazine
Approximately 30,000 produced



Walther Model 2 - produced 1914-1915
Caliber 6.35mm - 6 round magazine
Approximately 70,000 produced



Walther Model 3 - produced 1912-1913
Caliber 7.65mm - 6 round magazine
Approximately 3,500 produced



Walther Model 4 - produced 1915-1929
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 300,000 produced



Walther Model 5 - produced 1915-1923
Caliber 6.35mm - 6 round magazine
Approximately 110,000 produced



Walther Model 6 - produced 1915-1917
Caliber 9mm Parabellum - 8 round magazine
Approximately 1,000 produced



Walther Model 7 - produced 1917-1919
Caliber 6.35mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 45,000 produced



Walther Model 8 - produced 1920-1940
Caliber 6.35mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 150,000 produced



Walther Model 9 - produced 1921-1945
Caliber 6.35mm - 6 round magazine
Approximately 250,000 produced


Walther Model PP (Polizeipistole) Identification Guide





Walther PP Prototype - produced 1928/29
Caliber 7.65mm - 10 round magazine
Only a few produced



Walther PP Large Ring Hammer - produced 1929-1930
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 5,000 produced



Walther PP Early Production - produced 1930-1934
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 30,000 produced



Walther PP Early Bottom Mag Release - produced 1932-1934
Caliber 9mm Kurz - 7 round magazine
Approximately 2,000 produced



Walther PP Commercial - produced 1934-1940
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 150,000 produced



Walther PP NSKK - produced 1935-1936
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 6,000 produced



Walther PP Bottom Mag Release - produced 1940-1942
Caliber 9mm Kurz - 7 round magazine
Approximately 10,000 produced



Walther PP Late Production - produced 1940-1944
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 165,000 produced



Walther PP Dural Frame - produced 1942-1944
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 8,000 produced



Walther PP AC Marked - produced 1944-1945
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 10,000 produced


Walther Model PPK (Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell) Identification Guide





Walther PPK Early Production - produced 1931-1932
Caliber 7.65mm - 7 round magazine
Approximately 20,000 produced



Walther PPK Early Bottom Mag Release - produced 1932-1934
Caliber 9mm Kurz - 6 round magazine
Approximately 1,000 produced



Walther PPK RZM - produced 1933-1934
Caliber 7.65mm - 7 round magazine
Approximately 3,500 produced



Walther PPK Commercial - produced 1934-1940
Caliber 7.65mm - 7 round magazine
Approximately 100,000 produced



Walther PPK Party Leader - produced 1935-1937
Caliber 7.65mm - 7 round magazine
Approximately 5,000 produced



Walther PPK Bottom Mag Release - produced 1940-1942
Caliber 9mm Kurz - 6 round magazine
Approximately 2,000 produced



Walther PPK Late Production - produced 1940-1944
Caliber 7.65mm - 7 round magazine
Approximately 90,000 produced



Walther PPK Dural Frame - produced 1942-1944
Caliber 7.65mm - 7 round magazine
Approximately 6,000 produced


Walther Model P38 Identification Guide





Walther AP (Armee Pistole) - produced 1936-1937
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Less than 100 produced



Walther HP (Heers Pistole) - produced 1938-1940
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 12,300 produced



Walther P38 code "480" - produced 1940
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 7,400 produced



Walther P38 code "ac" - produced 1940-1945
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 584,500 produced



Mauser P38 code "byf" - produced 1942-1945
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 290,000 produced



Mauser P38 code "svw" - produced 1945
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 33,000 produced



Speerwerk P38 code "cyq" - produced 1942-1945
Caliber 9mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 283,000 produced