Make: This pistol was manufactured by Carl Walther in Germany.
Model: P5, 8th Variation (By Serial Number; see http://pistole38.nl/walther-p5/commercial-p5)
Serial Number: 153363
Year of Manufacture: 1992
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single or Double Action Semi-Auto with 8 Round Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther “Banner” logo over “P5” and “Carl Walther / Waffenfabrik Ulm/Do.”. The left front of the slide and frame are marked with “153363”. The right side of the slide is marked “INTERARMS Alexandria/VA / MADE IN GERMANY” and with an “Eagle / N” nitro proof at the front. The right side of the frame above the front of the trigger guard is marked with an “Eagle / N” proof, a “KC” date code and an Ulm antler proof. The takedown lever on the left front of the frame is marked with a four-pointed star.
Barrel Length: 3 1/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a low profile blade with a red dot in the center of its rear face. The rear sight is a flat topped square notch dovetailed into the slide. The top of the slide has a thin rib, which is serrated with a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are black checkered plastic that enclose the backstrap. In addition to the sides of the grip, the area covering the backstrap is checkered as well to provide a firm grip. The left grip shows moderate wear in its checkering while the right grip and backstrap checkering show light wear. The smooth areas show a few small dings. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The slide is blued on its side flats and the alloy frame has a black anodized finish, with fine serrations in the front strap and at the front of the trigger guard for a non-slip grip.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is thinning on the edges of the slide and a light mark at the left front edge of the slide. The slide, hammer, and takedown lever serrations are sharp and there is light wear around the outer edge of the magazine release knurling. The grip screw is sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger pull is relatively smooth and the single action pull has a small amount of creep. This pistol has a decocker. With the slide locked back, the first depression of the decocker releases the slide into battery. The second depression lowers the hammer without firing the pistol. There is a curved “safety” in front of the decocker that is used to lock the slide back without a magazine inserted by pushing it up. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a total of two eight round single stack blued factory magazines, a factory case, cleaning rod and paperwork. The magazines are marked on the lower left side with the Walther Banner logo and “9 X 19”. One shows minimal wear and is in Excellent condition, and the other shows light wear with thinning on the edges of the floorplate and is in Fine condition. The case has black slightly textured finish on the outside with a black on silver Walther Banner logo imprinted on the top of the case. The inside of the case is fitted for this pistol, a spare magazine and accessories. One end panel has a factory label marked with the correct make, model and serial number of this pistol. There are a very few light handling marks in the outside of the case, which is in about Excellent condition. The cleaning rod is made from a black synthetic material and has a large finger loop and one end and a slot for a patch at the other. It is in about Excellent condition. The paperwork consists of a factory test target and an owner’s manual. The test target shows an eight shot group fired at 25 meters of 3 ¾” center-center, and is marked with the serial number of this pistol. The paperwork is in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: > The P5 was a further development of the famous Walther P38 and P1 series. Development began following requests by German police and federal agencies for a new sidearm. Walther engineers decided to use the P1 model as the basis of the P5 and gave it a similar locking system, reinforced frame, and dual recoil springs. In addition, the Walther improved the extractor, shortened the barrel, and increased the slide length. Safety was enhanced by utilizing an innovative pivoting firing pin that can move forward only when the trigger is pulled. In addition, the P1’s slide-mounted decocker/safety was moved to a frame mounted decocker/slide stop multi-lever. The P5 was in production from 1978 until 1999, and underwent 7 design changes, resulting in 8 variations. For more information on this, please see: “ http://pistole38.nl/walther-p5/commercial-p5”. The British Army bought several thousand of the P5C compact version as their model L102A1 and the P5 was the standard issue firearm of the Dutch police until 2013 when it was replaced by the Walther Model 99. This P5 8th Variation pistol is in about Excellent condition with about 99% of its finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This is a great find for a Walther collector or for someone who always wanted one back in the 1980’s, but never got around to buying one. As a late 8th Variation pistol, you know it has been tweaked until there is no room for improvement, making it an extremely reliable pistol. It comes in its factory case with two magazines, a cleaning rod and paperwork to complete the package for the discerning collector. If by some chance the collectors don’t show enough interest, this will make someone a great carry pistol, with a fast DA first shot. The pistol is light but has a full size grip, and can also be used for home protection.