One of Eight Original P.38s with Serial Number One

The Facts
 

Make/Model:

Walther P.38

Serial No:

1

Year Mfg:

1943

Status:

For sale to the highest bidder

Notes:

During WWII the German military, or Nazis, wanted a new military pistol to replace the WWI Luger design.

Three (3) gun manufactures made eight (8) different models, each model starting with an original 1 serial number.  Carl Walther made 5 models, Mauser-Werke made 2 models and Spree-Werke made 1 model.  The AC was the code the Nazi's gave Carl Walther, the 43 means it was made in 1943.

The original #1's do not have a letter after the serial number.   After every 10,000 guns the Nazi's started back with the #1 but added a letter, such as 1A, 1B and so on.

For any make or model the rarest guns available are the number 1 serial numbers because there is only one and they are seldom for sale.  Most are given to someone very important.  As is the case with this gun.

It is believed that the original 8 number ones were presented to Adolf Hilter, along with dozens of presentation and fully engraved guns.

Please see "History" for more information.

    
    

The Man that Brought the Gun Home

101st Airborne Division ~ 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Easy Company 3rd Platoon ~ 1943 to 1945
Left to right: Bill O'Laine, Frank Griffin, Bob Noody and Les Hegland

Around 1997 I bought this gun from a man named Frank Griffin, Jr. and was told by him that his father was in the 101st Airborne, 506th "Easy Company".

This photo shows Frank Griffin, same Division, Regiment, 2nd Company going into Berchtesgaden where he captured this gun from Hitler's room.

I believe, without doubt, that this establishes provenance and chain of custody from Hitler's room to me.

    
    
 

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