18 December 2013

Pistole Modele Ein

Also known as the Walther P1.

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. is also the barrel stop.  It holds the barrel agains the frame while the slide recoils to the rear.

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.

Recoil lug.

Loaded chamber indicator.  Tactile and visual.

The safety is also a decocker.

For some reason the P1 ejects left instead of right, like most semi-autos.  The post sticking into the breech face is the chamber loaded indicator.  Something interesting I noticed is that it is pushed up by the fresh cartridge then pushed back by the barrel shroud then it clicks back down behind the head of the round to show that it's loaded.


  1. MEGATRON!!!

    Also kinda-sorta a single-stack Beretta 92.

    I was also told that the hammer-drop safety was just a trip of the sear without disengaging the firing pin block. (Say unlike the Walther PP series where the safety bar physically blocks the travel of the hammer) which means eventually the pin block may sheer under stress turning that "Safety" into a 2nd trigger, which also doubles as the full-auto switch.

    So collectors, use the safety, but ease that hammer down!

  2. I picked up a WWII P38 back a few months ago. Gander Mountain thought it was a P1. I thought it was a simple mismatch P38. Ends up it was built after the Americans overran the Walther plant. It was put together by American's looking for souvenirs. I picked it up for $199.00 and sold it to a collector for $500.00. Good deal....... ;-)


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