March 5, 2009, 12:47 AM
My co-worker dad got this pistol from a German POW in WWII. This is a Walther model 4 in 7.65mm/32acp from a WWI production.
March 5, 2009, 12:57 AM
nice to know the past of a fine older gun.
mine came to me with no past --the seriel # is about 38,000 more than yours. i load for it LOA a little shorter than for my mauser or 1903. light loads and it is a great shooter. enjoy.
March 5, 2009, 08:15 AM
Mine (shown below) also has a history unknown to me, but overall the pistol has a rather interesting history. For more info about your gun go here:
March 5, 2009, 07:40 PM
Dieter H. Marschall's "Walther Pistols Models 1 Through P99" (from UCross Books in New Mexico) will provide you with all sorts of history and detail on the Modell 4, including:
Production era: 1919-1928
Caliber: .32ACP (8 rounds)
Total length: 6 inches
Barrel length: 3.3 inches
Weight: 19.4 ounces
Variations: At least five
Number made: Nearly 275,0000
About 75,000 Modell 4s were made for military use. After WWII, this model was still used by the Bavarian police (these were stamped ByP). Like the Modell 3 and the more-famous P5, note that the ejection port is located on the left-hand side.