These were considered as a test models so all examples were heavily tested, most to destruction or were eventually destroyed during or after the war. These early prototype P38 pistols each exhibited unique features, that were usually never incorporated into the standard production models. This example is fitted with the following:
1) A side mounted decocking lever, (not a safety lever) that incorporated a rectangular shaped "retracting firing pin" and very unique "anvil" shaped hammer nose:
2) A double action only firing mode, where the hammer is not engaged at all, (which is actually a continuation of the earlier "MP/F" concealed hammer pistols):
3) A unique left grip panel that features a raised/reinforced section directly behind the slide release lever. This features was also deleted from regular production as a cost and time saving measure:
4) A very unique early style slide that has slightly thicker side rails, with rear sections of the slide machined slightly narrower where the serrations are machined in.
5) It is fitted with the early concealed extractor.