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For the rifle with a similar name, see Walther G41.

The Walther P38 is a semi-automatic pistol featured in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: WWII, and making a cinematic appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops. This pistol seems to have replaced the Luger as the German sidearm in some of the later games.

Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneEdit

Weapon Class Handgun
Magazine Size 8 Rounds
Starting Ammunition 16 Rounds
Maximum Ammunition 80 Rounds
Recoil Low
Fire Mode Semi Automatic
Used by German Military
Royal Italian Army

The P38 is the standard pistol of the German and Italian teams in multiplayer. It cannot be found in the campaign, as no handguns appear in the campaign.

When the player gets eight points in a match, they get the ability to use two P38 pistols at once (in Dual Wield form) in the Submachine Gun class, albeit with very limited ammunition. Once the player gets sixteen points, however, they get more ammunition.

Call of Duty 3 Edit

Weapon Class Handgun
Magazine Size 8 rounds
Starting Ammunition 8+24 (MP)
Maximum Ammunition 8+70 (MP)
Recoil Low
Fire Mode Semi-Automatic
Used by German Military
"9mm pistol. Sidearm issued to the German military in WWII. Safer, more reliable and easier to operate than the Luger it replaced. 8 round magazine. Effective range of 25 meters."
— Bonus materials description

The P-38 appears in Call of Duty 3, where it is only available in multiplayer.


The P-38 appears in multiplayer as the standard sidearm for all Axis classes. It has low recoil and a speedy reload time, but is relatively weak. It takes around 4-5 shots to kill an enemy, and the magazine only holds 8 rounds. Therefore, it is very difficult to kill multiple enemies with a single magazine of the P-38. It should only be used strictly as a backup weapon. However, its magazine size does mean that it holds an advantage over its equivalent, the Allies' Colt .45.


Call of Duty: World at War Edit

Walther P-38 menu icon WaW
Walther P38
Damage 140-30 (SP)

40-20 (MP) 80-100 (ZM)

Damage Multipliers Head: 3

Chest: 1 Limbs: 1 (SP) Head: 1.4 Chest: 1 Limbs: 1 (MP)

Weapon Class Side Arm
Magazine Size 8 rounds
Unlocked Level 3
Maximum Ammunition 80 rounds (SP) 64 rounds (MP)
Reload Time 2.1 s loaded 2.5 s unloaded
Rate of Fire 444 RPM (SP), 1200 RPM (MP)
Range (explanation) 9.6m-45m (SP) 3.75-12.5m (MP)
Recoil Low
Fire Mode Semi-Automatic
Used by German Military
HUD icon Walther P38 Pickup WaW
Console codename(s) walther
"German semi-automatic pistol with high rate of fire. Effective at close range."
Create-A-Class description.


The Walther is the same as the other non-Magnum pistols except for its appearance and reload times. It has the second slowest mid-magazine reload and the slowest empty reload. It is first seen, and can be used in the mission "Vendetta". This is the weapon that Dimitri Petrenko is severely wounded with by the last Wehrmacht Soldier on the Reichstag at the end of "Downfall". It also has no visible recoil. It is hard to find it anywhere on the map, the best chance to obtain it is by putting a German soldier into Last Stand by wounding him, wait for him to pull it out, and then finish him to claim the gun. This must also be done in order to re-stock ammo. Near the start of the mission, "Vendetta", when being sniped across the river, there is a Walther P38 on the table next to the sofa and on the table to the right of the doorway after the player goes up the stairs. This is a good opportunity to get a sidearm. The achievement/trophy "Gunslinger" is unlocked for killing Heinrich Amsel with the P38 found on the table. This is only possible on Recruit difficulty.


The P38 is unlocked at level 3. Its damage is identical to the other non-magnum pistols. As such, it is a relatively good choice for a sidearm. Its reload time is slower than the other non-magnum side arms, but in return, it also has lower visual recoil than the other side arms.

Nazi Zombies Edit

The P38 can be obtained in Nazi Zombies through the developer console on all maps. It does 80-100 damage, making it weaker than most weapons, but still five times stronger than the M1911. The Walther is rather effective on lower rounds, doing as much damage as the Kar98k and being semi-automatic, but is pointless considering the player has to use the console to get access to it, and would also have access to weapons like the PPSh-41, Ray Gun, and Wunderwaffe DG-2. It cannot be upgraded using the Pack-A-Punch on Der Riese.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Edit

The Walther P38 also makes a brief appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops during "Project Nova", when Viktor Reznov encounters Friedrich Steiner holding a Walther P38. Steiner can later be seen with the P38 on him during the remainder of the level, even when he is carrying a Mosin-Nagant; the P38 seems to be part of his character model. Its pick-up icon can still be found in the game files but its texture and 3D files are absent. It can be used in multiplayer via console commands, where it retains the same stats as in World at War.


Call of Duty: WWIIEdit

9mm SAP Model WWII
9mm SAP
Weapon Class Pistol
Magazine Size 8 rounds (12 w/ Extended Mag)
Unlocked Available after Resistance Prestige 1
Starting Ammunition 8+24 (MP)
8+112 (ZM)
Fire Mode Semi-automatic
Console codename(s) WEAPON_MTX3_P38[1]
WEAPON_MTX3_P38_PAP (upgraded)
"Semi-automatic pistol with high fire rate and moderate damage."
— Description

The Walther P38 returns in Call of Duty: WWII, where it is featured in The Resistance event, now referred to as 9mm SAP.


Unlike the other three weapons added as part of the event, the 9mm SAP's base variant isn't unlocked by completing a special order from Major Howard in the Headquarters. Instead, it is unlocked by reaching Prestige 1 of the Resistance Division. The 9mm SAP initially lacked a variant that can be obtained from a collection. However, a collection variant was added with the second update for The Reistance event on February 13th, 2018.

Nazi ZombiesEdit

The 9mm SAP was added to Zombies with the update as well, being obtainable through the Mystery Box. It can also be selected as the player's starting weapon as of the second Resistance event update on February 13th, 2018.

When upgraded via the Ubersprengen, it becomes the Grey Ghost, having a drastic increase in damage, more ammunition, and the ability to fire each bullet as a cluster of several bullets, making it an effective weapon and one of the most powerful weapons in the game.




Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

  • When the gun is picked up in campaign, the playable character always cocks the hammer back, while in multiplayer he just picks it up. The same goes to the MP40 and the Nambu.
  • It is possible to obtain and use the P38 in any Nazi Zombies map by using the "give all" Console Command, yet it can't be Pack-a-Punched in Der Riese. It will kill a zombie in three hits at round 1.
  • In the Create-A-Class screen, the P38 is described as having a high rate of fire, despite being identical to the other non-magnum pistols.
  • An interesting thing to note is that the Walther's slide cocks back so slowly that it is possible to see it move when aiming down the sights and shooting.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  • In the Wii version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, during "Project Nova", after escaping from the gas chamber and being attacked by the British Commandos, a poorly rendered P38 will appear on the ground to the left of the spawn point on the catwalk. It will say "Press (action) to pick up Walther P38", but if the action button is pressed the weapon will say "Grenade" in the weapons slot, and the player will be holding an idle RGD-33 in their hand.