What I’m Carrying Now: A 1943 Walther P-38

1943 Walther P-38

Courtesy Sigiloso

[This post is part of our series, What I’m Carrying Now. If you’d like to submit a photo and description of the gun, holster and gear you’re carrying in the new world in which we live, send it to us at [email protected] with WICN in the subject field.]

During the stay-at-home order, I took it upon myself to be part of the neighborhood gesta…I mean watch. It’s my job to patrol the neighborhood to make sure everyone obeys they rules.

“Hey you, in zee house! No gardening for you!”.

If I see people talking on their property in a group, I quickly blow my whistle and shout “NEIN! There’s too many of you standing on zee driveway!” The worst are the people who think it’s OK to go for a leisurely family drive. I tail them in my Kübelwagen until we hit a red light, which I then pull along side and shout at them for not obeying the orders of the reichsführer (Governor).

“Essential travel only! Das ist nicht einen vacation! Shame on you!!”

Many have come to hate me, but the work I do is Important. I’m the nosy guy that makes it my mission to make sure everyone listens to the new rules and accepts the fact that they must obey. Forget the US Constitution, it doesn’t mean anything now that a Chinese virus is here.

That’s why I carry a 1943 AC (Walther) P-38.

comments

  1. avatar PPQ w/ AMT BACKUP says:

    Sure you do.

    1. avatar Tim says:

      Indeed. And guess which “-ism” you’d be instantaneously accused of, if people saw you carrying a p-38 in public.

    2. avatar PWinKY says:

      Lol imagine being the first reply to this goof and you respond as if the author was serious.

  2. avatar Sigiloso says:

    Somebody gets it 🙂

    1. avatar Dave G. says:

      Yeah, I got it too. I LMAO. You win the Internet for today.

    2. avatar Dave in PTC says:

      Meine Frau fragte: “Ist das eine Pistole in Ihrer Tasche oder freuen Sie sich, mich zu sehen?”

  3. avatar Brodirt says:

    True story, honestly; my father in law, who passed in early 2019, say to me in 2016 “you know I brought a Luger home from the war and I havre it upstairs.” Now, he’s got 5 kids and 9 grandkids at this point and apparently its never been told before. Its just me, my wife (the youngest), him and my mother in law in the kitchen of his home and everyone’s jaws drop. He shuffles his 90 year old self upstairs and comes down a few minutes later with a stuffed sock and proudly pulls out….a p-38. I tell him, coyly, that its not a Luger, its a Wallther. He insists that when he got on the boat in 45 it was a Luger and someone must have swapped it on him. Anyway, since he passed we’ve been looking for it and haven’t found it. I hope to soon, his granddaughter is applying for her license and it would be perfect for her.

  4. avatar jwm says:

    Funny. Sad. True. Frustrating.

    Nice Walther. Replacement mags for it are expensive. Has anybody stepped up and made new mags?

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      I scored a bunch of originals from a LGS for $5/each a few months ago. CDNN has P1 mags still I believe

    2. avatar DrewN says:

      The Germans used the P1 until 2004. I can’t imagine magazines being an issue.

  5. avatar Sam I Am says:

    Thanx for the chuckle.

    Wouldn’t “Das ist kein Urlaub” be more accurate?

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      Ich kenne nicht. Ich hasn’t Deutch learnen im gymnasium. Ich vergessen alas

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “Ich kenne nicht. Ich hasn’t Deutch learnen im gymnasium. Ich vergessen alas”

        Ja, ich verstehe, aber es ist immer noch lustig.

        1. avatar Sigiloso says:

          Danke 🙂

        2. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Danke ”

          De Nada.

        3. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          Wie haben wir jemals vor Google Translate überlebt, lol?

        4. avatar Sam I Am says:

          Wie haben wir jemals vor Google Translate überlebt, lol?

          Ich habe keine idea.

      2. avatar onestab says:

        Ein stein drank bier.

    2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      arbeit macht frei.
      das ist kein gefangnis.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “arbeit macht frei.
        das ist kein gefangnis.”

        Oakski Doakski

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          arbeit macht spass u.
          spass machen wir nicht.

        2. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “arbeit macht spass u.
          spass machen wir nicht.”

          Ungood Bellyfeel

  6. avatar enuf says:

    I read a news story the other day. Over in New Delhi, India, police catching people out and about when they are supposed to be in quarantine came up with a novel punishment.

    They made those evil doers write “I AM SORRY” five hundred times.

    So, that’s one method of fighting the virus.

  7. avatar Marc Carney says:

    You had me there for a moment.

    “Why would dude carry an infamously Nazi gun…oh…”

    1. avatar George WashingtonGl says:

      Why would he carry a P38?
      Because it’s a beautiful representation of old world craftsmanship and probably works as well today as it did the day it left the craftsmen hands…
      No CNC parts anywhere on that pistol…

      1. avatar Sigiloso says:

        It shoots great FWIW

      2. avatar Josh says:

        Nothing wrong with CNC machining a good forging. Even a good billet, with proper heat treat. MIM is the questionable one. Done right, it can generate excellent parts, but it’s easy to cheap out and get bad parts.

  8. avatar Ken H. says:

    Damn, I thought this WICN was an actual thing. Fool me once….

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      It is. This is satire because some people are widely accepting a massive change in society rather quickly without questioning it

      1. avatar Ken H. says:

        Nazi jokes aren’t funny, and they play right into the oppositions narrative. So good job with that.

        1. avatar Skeptical_Realist says:

          Welcome to satire. Satire is rarely funny. Rather, it highlights something in a specific way. Sigiloso did not play to the narrative; he highlighted the absurdity. aka, Satire.

          Well done, Sigiloso.

        2. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Nazi jokes aren’t funny, and they play right into the oppositions narrative. So good job with that.”

          Good point. Anti-gunners would never have thought to call us Nazis before this.

        3. avatar Ron says:

          Don’t be such a joke Nazi, Klaus! I mean Ken.

        4. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

          Hey leave me out of this one.

        5. avatar Sigiloso says:

          What narrative? That those who accept radical change in the blink of an eye when it’s “for their safety” (and tend to lean one way on the political spectrum and advocate for things like gun control) and would call the cops on their neighbors because they’re not following “the rules” set forth by people like Governor Whitmer, Cuomo, Newsom, Northam are the actual “Nazis”?

        6. avatar Art says:

          In this case the Nazi jokes are extremely funny, and appropriate to the situation.

        7. avatar Big pappa says:

          nazi says nazi jokes aren’t funny….. who da thunk it?

  9. avatar strych9 says:

    Well played.

    *slow clap*

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I join in…

      1. avatar Sigiloso says:

        2 N95’s deposited into your mailboxes……

  10. avatar CentralVirginian says:

    I was thinking Zimmerman got his payout from the civil suit and tossed the Keltec for his new dream gun.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      And who did the ‘Z’-man sue?

      1. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

        https://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-files-100m-lawsuit-trayvon-martins-family/story?id=67496989

        There was a documentary released last year that uncovered the depth of lies and deceit (perjury) the family and prosecution engaged in. The family substituted a slow fat girl for Trayvon’s real girlfriend, she perjured herself on the stand, and the prosecution not only knew about it, but was complicit in it, might have suggested it, and coached her, unsuccessfully, in what to say.

        https://www.thetrayvonhoax.com/

        1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          OK, I was thinking DAN Zimmerman sued someone…

      2. avatar CentralVirginian says:

        Sorry, should have specified George, I wasnt thinking of the Zimmerman connection here. Just connecting it with the most famous overzealous neighborhood watchman.

        1. avatar Ron says:

          Well as long as Zimmerman doesn’t send any telegrams this time I think we’ll be alright…

  11. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

    Lol this post is pretty good. I find it especially amusing because about a week ago some SS Officer Karen called the police on me while i was working out in a local park (they have pull-up and dip bars). She was walking her dog in the park and yelled at me saying “the park is closed! You cant be here, im calling the cops!” Lol the irony…

    The police drove by slowly but didnt stop, im sure they were probably annoyed by that meaningless 911 call.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      Could be worse. In my town they grabbed a dude, cuffed him in front of his daughter and tossed him in a squad car for 10 minutes (essentially arrested him) for playing T-Ball in the park with his kid while following all the “rules”.

      Made international news and everything. Fucking sad. Now there’s a city councilman who’s new to the job after the disasters last year with state investigations into the city’s management that’s calling for action to reform the police department and he’s still getting major pushback. Fucking ridiculous.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        A side note; the only reason they didn’t haul the guy in is because they attracted the attention of other people who walked over, pulled out phones and started asking questions.

      2. avatar Sigiloso says:

        Thanks for the post. Some are getting a point to the “true” satire

      3. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

        Dude I saw that story! If I remember correctly the guy with his daughter was an off duty sheriff deputy too? Total craziness.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          Town’s got enough gun owners and vets that the cops backed off that shit pretty quick.

          If I’d been working for the local PD the next day I’d have been rocking plates rather than soft armor. People we fucking pissed.

          Which isn’t surprising since we just ousted the Mayor, a good chunk of the City Council and a lot of the long term employees for juicing $70 million out of people with a scam in the way they billed for water over the last 15 years. A scam that made it pretty clear than certain local “old boys” were in bed with organized crime.

        2. avatar strych9 says:

          *were, not we

    2. avatar Sigiloso says:

      DING DING DING!!!!!! Exactly. The BS going on has turned people into little Gestapo agents that fell the need to report their damn neighbors and such. It’s not a joke and is downright ridiculous. What’s next? Reporting a “sick” neighbor hiding in the attic?

      1. avatar ropingdown says:

        Reminds me of the stories filling the UK papers lately, tales of a bike rider, a neighbor, etc. harassing nurses who are on the way to work because…the nurses wear street clothes to the hospital. “Thought they were just out having fun.” ? People just want to have….a little gestapo time. Eases the self-isolation bit, apparently.

  12. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    This is a pistol I could never carry. I’d inevitably get arrested for brandishing the weapon while I said in a sinister voice, ‘Ve have vays of making you talk.’

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      Vhat ver you doing outside mit your neighbor, subject? Vhy were you not “social distancing”? REPORTED!!!!

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        I’m laughing, but this really is way to real to be joking about…

        1. avatar Sigiloso says:

          No kidding. All those “muh democracy” folks are showing their “Ich liebe der NSDAP” colors and are too stupid to realize it.

    2. avatar AD of the Hinterlands says:

      I’ve read that a common method used in the camps was to bring someone in to the officer quarters where a pot of stew was simmering in the corner. The interrogation would proceed while the Nazis ignored the stew.

  13. avatar Specialist38 says:

    LMAO. This is only funny because it’s mostly true.

    Good for a laugh. But really, my PP 32 would fit best for a brown shirt constable.

    Small gun….big authority.

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      A .32 isn’t powerful enough to threaten someone that’s not social distancing. You’re a disgrace to the Reich

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        LMAO. That’s what minions are for.

        A 32 says “I can carry a small pistol since my jackboot underlings will make you obey”.

        Do not question my authority!

      2. avatar HandyDan says:

        All of the sudden, that scene in Band of Brothers, at the end when the Germans are surrendering, makes sense. When the officer started ro turn over his handgun and Major Nixon says “You may keep your sidearm”, it wasn’t a sign of respect, it was the realization that the .38 couldn’t hurt anyone anyway.

        1. avatar Dave G. says:

          Handy Dan:
          I had a different “take” on that scene. In Europe a sidearm is often a badge of office, and they needed the Nazi general to keep his troops in line after the surrender. And, it was too late for him to try putting the hurt on anyone with his “38.”

      3. avatar Sam I Am says:

        It was good enough for Bogey and Cagney.

  14. avatar Ron says:

    Vhere es tu papers!?!? Papers! Schnell!!!!!

    Now get one of those GSG MP40s to go along side of it!

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      The GSG MP40’s are finicky with some ammo and made of pot metal. Better just to have a Russian capture K98 and play the part

      1. avatar AD of the Hinterlands says:

        I’ve been on the fence about those. A Spanish .308 for logistics or original Mauser for historical accuracy? If .308 then why not a 91 or FAL clone?

        1. avatar Ron says:

          Back when you could get HK33/C33’s, you could slap some wood furniture on it and it would be about as close to a STG45/44 as you could get.

          Though, now come to think of it, Recently I saw one of these on Atlantic, you could get one of those 7.62×39 G3 type rifles and slap wood furniture on that…

      2. avatar Ron says:

        Yeah. I really wish the MP40s were of better quality. I’d keep it as a truck gun.

  15. avatar tdiinva says:

    The Fuehrer does not appreciate your humor. Outfront!

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      Are you questioning my authority as neighborhood watch? Shame, I saw your wife sharing recipes with other ladies on the sidewalk. REPORTED

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        Yes I am. My wife was exchanging recipes with Frau Heydrich.

        Punishment Battalion!

        1. avatar Ron says:

          To ze Ost Front with you!

  16. avatar tdiinva says:

    Curse you autocorrect. Ostfront!

  17. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Poor surfer dude down in California. All by himself, on his board, waiting for the right set.
    Not one, but two patrol boats descended on him to tell him the error of his ways.

    If the weather holds, I’m headed to the beach to do some surf perch fishing. I think of the ocean as one of my grocery stores.

    Love the P-38. Before the panic, the lgs had a WWII Luger bringback with all the original paperwork. $4K.

  18. avatar rudukai13 says:

    I get that this is a joke. That being said, before I read the caption and chuckled at the submitter’s satirical wit, my first thought on seeing the picture was “Jesus, I thought 1911 worshippers were bad…”

    Well played, sir

  19. avatar possum says:

    That was the best damned article I believe I’ve read here so far politicians would say , (.” I believe” a cya thing) that was wonderful.,,,,,, can I say anything good about anyone’s what I carry? No… Your holster looks like shit, you’ve let it go to hell, no excuses. If the gunms guts look anything like the holster, wow. Your No,,,no Nazi at all, poser.

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      The gun has no import marks and the holster is original to it (Walther coded and 1943 dated). Not bad for a 77 year old leather holster from the war….

      1. avatar possum says:

        If I saw some with that strapped on I’d think I was transported toa Rob Zombie Twilight Zone. it’s strange but in conversations with a couple gun owners, in the last week, on two separate occasions, the p38 has come up. That’s weird to see one here now

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “it’s strange but in conversations with a couple gun owners, in the last week, on two separate occasions, the p38 has come up.’

          I have a P38 on my key ring. Use it to open candy wrappers, package seals, and the occasional can.

        2. avatar jwm says:

          Sam. I have a half dozen or so of the p38 and its larger cousin the p51. They work. But I prefer my SAK for the opening jobs. More handle to hold to.

        3. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “But I prefer my SAK for the opening jobs. More handle to hold to.”

          Handle? We do need no stinkin’ handle. Handles are for sissies.

  20. avatar Hannibal says:

    Well I’ll be damned. I have that same holster and never had any idea what gun it belonged to.

    1. avatar Sigiloso says:

      What’s on the back? Should have “p-38”, a date, waffenamt and also a letter code. If it’s original (and in similar condition), worth $200 all day long

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        I’d have to find it but it definitely wasn’t in great condition… the belt loops broke off long ago. Just one of those things I played with when I was younger, probably used it as a holster for a cap gun back in the days when those were cool.

  21. avatar possum says:

    Be An American PATRIOT: ,,join me in my NEVER AGAIN CHINA, take a self pledge to never purchase another Made in China product.. MAGA it’s beyond c19 the list is endless.,

    1. avatar Hugh Glass says:

      I miss the real Possum. Wonder whatever happened to him….

  22. avatar Militant Centrist says:

    “Eight warning shots and an aimed throw”!

  23. avatar enuf says:

    Some folks know satire … some don’t ….

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      And some push satire so close to the limit on daytime TV in the 70s, they become *classics*…

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “And some push satire so close to the limit on daytime TV in the 70s, they become *classics*…”

        Nah. There has been nothing really good since “Laugh-In”

        1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          “Nah. There has been nothing really good since “Laugh-In””

          True, that …

      2. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

        JP Morgan was the best. The Gong Show still cracks me up.

        “Now I’m going to play my xylophone”

        1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

          She got herself banned for flashing her nipples on-camera, that’s why she suddenly disappeared from The Gong Show…

        2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          Gong Show was right on the edge. Today, it would still be near the edge.
          And yeah, J.P. “Morgone” (as chuck would say, while she seductively sucked on her finger).
          Now I gotta go find it.

        3. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

          The tit flash? It’s out there!

  24. avatar Randy Jones says:

    That’s interesting. I bought a P-38 in 1983. An AC 1941, all matching numbers and proof marks. Carried it instead of my 1942 1911 for all of a month or two. Nice gun. I traded it on a new Kimber Four years ago. One of a few guns I actually made money on. Light dependable and accurate.

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  26. avatar Ron says:

    The best depiction of Nazis has always been from the Indiana Jones movies.

    1. avatar 41mag says:

      Vee vill take what ve vish…….and the decide vether or not to blow your ship from zee water.

  27. avatar hawkeye says:

    Well done. I inherited one of these pistols from my grandfather, who packed a few things home after the war. It’s a fascinating piece of history and craftsmanship. For those who have one or more of these, Dieter Marschall wrote a book on Walthers that can help you learn their history and identify your specific firearm. I’m not him, but I bought a copy and found it to be very helpful.

    I think I’ll get mine out tonight, wipe it down a bit, and relive a few memories.

  28. avatar Kid of the 80's says:

    All hail Megatron!

  29. avatar The Rookie says:

    Remember, when all else fails, threaten to send them to the Russian front.

    It always worked for General Burkhalter…

    1. avatar onestab says:

      Sgt. Schultz knows nothing!

  30. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    ROTFLMAO. I needed this today. Getting rather fed up with this Stay at Home tyranny our Arse Spelunker Governor has instituted. Just because of some Coolie Cooty virus that’s shaping up to be no worse than the yearly IndoChinee Influenza we get.
    Going to the store and hearing some nutball snowflake complain that you’re not 6 feet away, because they’re the dumb tw*t that decided to stop in the middle of the aisle and read the f*cking label on their organic wheatgrass enema or some such shite.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Good job satirizing the stereotype of a racist redneck dummy.

      You… are being satirical… right?

  31. avatar SouthernShooter says:

    I had my dad’s P-38, gave it to my son to have something from his grandfather. I believe that I shot a total of one mag thru it. BUT also gave him a Ruger SR9c to be sure he had something that would be effective. Love my SR9c.

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