pistol, spare mag, and soft-shell holster
slide serial number. Also note the early pattern extractor cut with the narrow milled slot at the back - this cut was eliminated on later production p38's.
Left side view of pistol.
Note the pattern around the screw escutcheon. In this case, six lines are interrupted by the screw - correct for byf (Mauser) and ac (Walther) made P38's. cyq (Spreewerke) guns have only 5 lines interrupted. This gun has black bakelite grips, late-war black grips were often made of a softer plastic. Both brown and black grips were used interchangeably on these pistols.
Note serial number below the barrel. Some 1943-vintage byf guns look to have been hand-filed in this area, while others were lathe turned. This example was hand-filed when assembled.
Note the last 3 digits of the serial number and the suffix on the locking block. Oddly, it is not uncommon for different suffix letter fonts to appear on the pistols - it is likely these bits were serial numbers at different workstations during production.
Another view of the barrel serial number. Again, note that the barrel was finished by hand. Some guns show rough lathe marks instead, though no patterns seems evident.
Note the WaA 135 at the left and two firing proofs, one on the locking block and the other on the back edge of the barrel to the extreme right.
View of the chamber area of the barrel.
View of the muzzle.
View of the bore.
Note the P38 marking on the back of this late-war holster. It is also marked jwa4 and bears no waffenampt, typical of late 1944 made holsters.
View of pistol frame with slide removed.
Note the take-down latch is milled. On later guns, this was a hollow stamping.
jwa 4 marking - jwa = Mortiz Stecher Lederwarenfabrik KG. The 4 represents 1944.
Inside of holster flap. These softshell holsters are also sometimes referred to as "breakaway" holsters because of how they unfold.
View of pistol in holster.
View of pistol and spare mag in the holster.
Note the markings on the identical magazines, both made by jvd (Erste Nordböhmische Metall.w.f.), inspected by WaA708.
Inspection and firing proofs on the slide, WaA135.
Slide and frame markings. note that the frame, slide and barrel (see earlier picture) all are stamped in different fonts. This is typical of mid-war Mauser P38 production and does not represent renumbering. byf43 = Mauser, 1943.