I mentioned to a friend that I'd never fired a P38 and he brought over his P1 for me to play with.
The P1 is in essence a post-war manufactured P38. The very earliest were identical except for markings. Quickly production changed to the more common alloy frame.
There are more pics below the cut.
|Sure is wide for a single stack 9mm.|
|This is the locking bar in the locked position. It engages two recesses in the slide.|
|Locked. The lug to the top of the silver part is what locks into the slide. The button sticking out on the right pushes a ramp and causes the locking bar to rotate unlocked.|
|Unlocked. The lug on the bottom engages a ramp on the farme, raising the locking block up to its locked position. |
|Recoil springs. They sure are tiny...|
|And they run inside the frame rails.|
|You can tell it's a German design. The recoil springs bear against the intricately machined lug inside the slide.|
|Loaded chamber indicator. Tactile and visual.|
|The safety is also a decocker.|