WW2 German Walther P 38 (byf 44) Dual Tone
This is a rather cool variation of the late war P 38's! Late in 44 and into 1945 the Mauser Factory was converting from a blued finish on these pistols to a Phosphate finish. Called by collectors "Dual Tone" this is a mixture of both blued and Phosphated (grey/green) parts as the transition from one finish to the other was taking place on the assembly line. As is common, the grey/green tends to look like there is little to no finish after it has been worn some. This pistol is no exception, and most of the phosphate parts (Frame & Slide) have gone to a light grey color. The barrel and some other small parts are blued. The numbers all match on this example, and the bore is shiny, sharp and bright. Sadly the one side of the pistol has some freckling and light pitting, as can be seen in the pictures. But it is what it is... An honest war time German Pistol! If it were minty, it would be priced at well over $2,500 as these are a rather rare variation. But due to the condition, we have it priced at shooter grade level, even though it really is a better gun than this.