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The Walther P38 in real life.

The Walther P38 was a German semi-automatic pistol designed by Walther Arms in 1938. It was accepted in the German military in 1939 and was standard issue to Wehrmacht soldiers. It fired the 9x19mm Parabellum from an 8-round magazine and had an effective range of 25–50 meters.

Battlefield 1942Edit

The Walther P38 (misspelled as WalterP38 in the game files) is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1942 as the standard issue pistol of the Wehrmacht, the Afrika Korps and Imperial Japanese Navy. It has a medium rate of fire, moderate accuracy, moderate damage and moderate recoil. It can kill in 3-4 shots, or two headshots. Naturally because of its status as a sidearm, the P38 is not a very effective weapon. Its main use is for last resort or close-quarters purposes only.

The The Road to Rome expanson features the Walther P38 as the standard sidearm of the Royal Italian Army while the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion features it as the standard sidearm issued to the German Elite Forces.

Its allied equivalent is the Colt and are identical in terms of stats.


Battlefield VietnamEdit

World War II ModEdit

In the WWII mod of Battlefield Vietnam, the P38 is issued as the main Imperial Japanese Army pistol. It remains statistically identical as the Walther P38 in Battlefield 1942.

Battlefield VEdit

"The P 38 pistol was the standard German sidearm in World War II. Some of its technical solutions are still in use today. It was chambered for the 9 mm Parabellum round."

— In-game Description

The P38 Pistol was seen in the Battlefield 5 Official Reveal Trailer in the hands of a player. During the Pre-Alpha, the P38 was an all-kit sidearm.



Battlefield 1942Edit

  • There is an unused menu icon in the game files, featuring a black finish rather than the current brighter finish.


  1. Hey, A Message Board - Older Battlefield Games - retrieved October 25, 2010
  2. Giant Grid O' Death - retrieved October 25, 2010