Nice video. I shot my Spreewerk February 1945 P38 on Sunday.
The P38(..or the post war designation P1) when you think about it, represents a paradigm shift in handgun design. Starting with the Smith and Wesson model 39(...the design and development of which was a direct result of the US ordnance department's post war evaluation of the P38), the Walther P38 took the hand gun world from the revolver to the automatic. On the 1920s and 1930s Walther pistols, you find double action firing, hammer block safety, loaded chamber indicator and decocking lever. It was features like those included by Karl Walther that made the automatic more safe and more practical then the revolver and paved the way for the double action auto pistol boom that occurred in the late 20th century.
Yep...even the "Combat Tupperware" of the 21st century have their ancestry in the Walther P38.
"An armed society is a polite society." -- Uncle Ted quoting Robert Heinlein to Piers Morgan 2013