The Walther P38 is a German handgun featured in Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor: Underground, Medal of Honor: Frontline and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. In Heroes and Heroes 2 the P38 is replaced by Luger and in Airborne it is replaced by Mauser C96. The Walther P38 was developed as a replacement for the Luger PO8 and entered service in 1938. After the war the P38 entered service in the West-German armed forces as P1. From an engineering perspective the P38 was a semi-automatic pistol design that introduced technical features that are found in other semi-automatic pistols like the Beretta 92.
Medal of Honor and Underground
In Medal of Honor, Walther P38 is used during three levels, The Rooftops of Dachsmag, The Hunter's Den and Dive!. It has short recoil and is a very accurate gun overall. The Walther makes gradually less noise then the Colt .45.
It is the very first side-arm the player starts out with in Underground, supplied by Manon's brother, Jacques. It holds a capacity of 8 rounds, 1 more than the M1911, and it has much greater power and fire rate, making the M1911 essentially inferior. The weapon also appears in Underground's multiplayer.
The Walther P-38 makes it's return in Allied Assault. It is the standard side-arm of the German forces in both singleplayer and multiplayer.
In Singleplayer, the P-38 is found in use with German tank crews, maintenance crews, scientist and officers. For Powell, there is no way to acquire one by normal gameplay, and it can only be summoned by cheats only. In Spearhead, during the last chapters in the Bastogne campaign, Barnes is equipped with captured, all-German gears including a P38 in his inventory. In Multiplayer, the P-38 is the sidearm of every class in the German team's selection menu.
P38 is a potent sidearm, generally more combat effective than its allied counterpart Colt .45. Despite having relatively weaker firepower, P38 is impressively accurate at close range, with minimal recoil. These properties makes fatal headshots much easier. Plus, it has a magazine capacity of 8, one more than M1911.
The P38 also appears in both of the expansion packs.
The Walther P38 is featured once again and the last time in series as the official German sidearm. It is used by very large number of German soldiers, from harbor workers to MG operators. It is first usable in the level Riding Out the Storm where the player picks one up upon boarding Sturmgeist's train. It is good for getting the player out of a bad reloading situation, though it will perform poorly outside of close range.
The Walther P38 is only seen used by enemy officers. One shot is able to remove 4 HP from the player and has very low range.
- In Medal of Honor: Frontline, any German with a P38 will always hold it with their left hand.