The P38 Walther only appeared in the film adaptations of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. In the film From Russia with Love a Soviet guard at the Russian consulate fires a P38 during the attack but Bond stops him in a small struggle. In the film Goldfinger, when Bond first engages Goldfinger’s men after the car chase, oddly he fires a P38 at them instead of his PPK. Several of Goldfinger’s men are seen carrying them as their sidearms, of one of which Bond manages to steal after taking out the prison guard before handing it back over to Pussy Galore after she and Goldfinger’s men caught him under Goldfinger’s meeting room. One of the American mobsters in the meeting room also draws a P38.
The P38 Walther was extensively used by Nazi Germany during World War 2. During and after the war it was adopted by various nations around the world, most of them in Europe. Post war West Germany adopted the P1 in 1957. Nowadays most P38 have been replaced by more modern designs which generally have a higher magazine capacity and are lighter as well.
The P38 Walther is a short recoil operated semi-automatic pistol. It has a distinctive look caused by the barrel protruding several centimeters from the short frame. As one of the first double action pistols a unique feature was the ability to carry the P38 with a round in the chamber, allowing for rapid use.
- Production: 1938-1963
- Type: Pistol
- Weight: 800 g (1 lb 12 oz)
- Length: 216 mm (8.5 in)
- Barrel length(s): 125 mm (4.9 in)
- Capacity: 8 rounds
- Fire Modes: Semi-Auto