Some would argue that the Walther Model 8 launched the age of modern pistols. It was introduced by Walther in 1920. It certainly had an impact on the future Walther pistol line most notably the PPK and PP models. This is a very small and petite pistol. It measures just 5 inches long and weighs just 12.5 ounces in the all steel version. There was a total of about 375,000 model 8s produced and it was distributed around the world. It was used extensively by Nazi Germany armed forces during World War II. There are three (3) recognized variations of the Model 8. This one is a second variation model with exposed extractor and locking lug take down button on the trigger guard. Thie first variation had a hidden extractor and locking lug takedown button and the third variation had the exposed extractor but the locking lug button was eliminated to make manufacturing less complicated. There seems to be some disagreement about the number of 2nd variation model 8s produced. Gene A Gangarosa, Jr. says the Model 8 is quite scarce with fewer than 15,000 produced commencing and ending in the low 700,000 serial number range. Dieter H. Marschall in his book "Walther Pistols Models 1 through P99" on page 9 under Serial Range shows the model 8 second variation starting at serial number 465700--715,000. Mine is serial number 713695. It is pre 1940 so it has the crown over N proofmark In any event, it is a very attractive pistol and the craftsmanship, fit and finish (high gloss blue) and pride of workmanship are still very evident to this day.