An unusual P38 made for European distribution in that the only caliber designation on the slide references 5.6mm (not .22LR). Slide dated 12/66 with final assemble reflected by the frame date of “69”. Also unusual in that the slide markings are masked within a high polish oval, typical for the earlies of these pistols, the rest of the slide assembly having a matte finish. Standard configuration with 5” barrel having drift adjustable front sight and fixed rear sight. Lightened slide with usual two line Walther legend on left side stipulating model and caliber. The right side of the slide is dated “12/66” and the right side of the frame is marked “Made in Germany”. Usual Eagle/N proofs on left side of frame, right side of slide and under barrel that was import marked under the left rail. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with the year “69” next to the antler proof and Eagle/N. Fitted with two piece black plastic grips with the left side recessed for the lanyard loop. Accompanied with two high polish magazines manufactured to reliably feed the .22LR cartridge and marked with the Walther banner along with the European denomination “cal.5.6mm”. The barrel and slide have a matte finish while the alloy frame is black anodized. Each of the magazines were finished with high polish salt blue.
Scarce Walther P38, assembled 1969, in cal.22LR, with early masked slide markings, no Interarms, in presentation case with spare magazine.
Pistol and each of the two magazines have at least 98-99% original finish. The grips are in about the same condition though the right panel has a few scuffs in the smooth area above the checkering. Presentation case is near excellent with negligible scuffing of the surface and spotty oil staining of the lining. An impressively presented post war P38 having early features in a desirable caliber. A HISTORIC INVESTMENT!