Hello everyone I am new to this site and forum. I just recently aquired my first handgun, a P38 pistol, holster and magazine clip that I purchased for $300.00 from a friend who inherited a gun collection. Of all the handguns he showed me the P38 appealed to me the most. It's so cool looking and it fits my grip very well. I would like to know the significance of it's markings, year of production and a little of the history on these guns. On the back side of the holster in the upper left is stamped " ddk 42 ", between the belt loops are couple of unidentifiable symbols and the letter " G ", on the upper right is stamped "P.38". On the magazine clip is P38, and on the slide of the pistol has " P38 cyq 1597 m ", opposite side has two symbols of an eagle, one having what looks like the number " 88 " undernieth, and the other having a swastikas undernieth, also what looks like the number " 88 " by itself. On the frame above the trigger is " 1597 m " and what looks like the number " 88 " above it an unidentifiable symbol. The front of the barrel where inserted into the slide and frame is marked " 1597 m ". I would aslo like to know if this is a true P38 or P1 and if it's worth the money I spent, If so or not what is it's fair market value ? A friend of mine who looked at it thinks it might be a WW2 trophy and suggested not to fire this gun because it's parts might be irreplaceable. I have not yet fired this gun, should I ? Are there any recomendations on a owners or intructional manuals ?