- Weight: 800 g (28 oz)
- Length: 216 mm (8.5 in)
- Barrel Length: 125 mm (4.9 in)
- Cartridge: 9x19mm Parabellum
- Action: Short recoil
- Muzzle Velocity: 365 m/s (1,200 ft/s)
- Effective Range: 25 m
- Maximum Range: 50 m
- Feed System: 8-round detachable single-stack magazine
- Sights: Rear notch and front blade post.
The Walther P38 was designed in 1938 to replace the costly Luger P08 as the service pistol of the Wehrmacht (the German armed forces), although some of them still carried the Luger as well as the Mauser C96. Limited numbers were used by Germany's World War II ally, Japan, though the weapon became readily available on the black market after the war. Accurate and reliable, it still sees limited use in several armed forces today despite being the Walther PP series being discontinued in 1992.
The Walther PPK also became famous for being the gun Hitler killed himself with and as the signature pistol for James Bond.