Make: Walther byf 44
Serial Number: 3862q
Year of Manufacture: Wartime Production
Action Type: Double Action Semi-Auto, Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “P.38 byf / 44” and “3862q”. The left side of the frame is marked “3862q” and waffenampt eagle over “135”. The front of the barrel is marked “3862q”. The right side of the slide has three waffenanmpts; eagle over “135”, eagle holding globe, and eagle over “WaA135”. There is a waffenampt eagle over “135”, visible on the left side of the barrel lug when slide is pulled back.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with standard military sights, a blade front sight in a dovetail slot, and a rear sight also in a dovetail slot.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are standard military plastic/phenolic. There are minor scratches and afew dings but there are no chips cracks or losses. There is a small scratch on the left side of the front of the left grip panel, and some scraping at the top rear. The grips rate in about Veery Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Military Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dull and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no apparent erosion. This bore has been cared for “WOW!
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is age thinning on the trigger guard. There is pinprick erosion on the front of the grip strap. There is edge wear on the high leading edges of the slide and muzzle likely from holster wear. The muzzle has finish loss mostly on the left side. The Screw head in the left grip panel is sharp and undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Special ORIGINAL documents are provided with this pistol. There is a certificate stating that this pistol is “captured enemy military equipment” and states the serial number and model of this pistol. It has an unreadable officers signature, and the name of the G.I. who brought it back, “Pasquale Scarpelli Pfc.” . The second document is a “certificate of retention and customs declaration”, and names “Pasquale Scarpelli Pfc.”, and the type of pistol and is dated “August 26, 1945”. This document is signed by his commanding officer. The ORIGINAL documents are provided to the buyer. The paper has yellowed and the edges are frayed with some losses. They will look spectacular when mounted on a cardboard. These are readable and rare. There is a holster also provided the back of the holster is marked “eWA / 1943”, and “P-38”. The stitiching is pulling out along the top edge of the leather flap. The leather is mostly in Good but worn condition. There is finish loss and scuffing on the bottom of the holster at the barrel, and along the spare magazine pouch. The finish has dulled on the front surface of the holster but is shiny on the back. The latch leather and metal fittings are in Good overall condition. Two magazines are provided. Both are marked “P.38v” on there left sides, and the back of the magazines are marked with an eagle waffenampt over “735”, one magazine shows wear over the waffenampt and is difficult to read. The magazines are servicable and are in Good plus condition.
Our Assessment: This is a fabulous package: Pistol!, Holster!, Magazines!, and Documents! As a collector you will be hard pressed to ever find this assembly again. The documents are absolutely authentic and the pistol is in great condition with its holster and magazines. The documents provided match both the serial nmuber and description of the pistol. This pistol came to us from a direct descendant of the G.I who brought it back. What a find!
Sold For: $2,300