Almost no new P.38 pistols were manufactured during the first few years after the war. The P.38 pistols and magazines that were captured from the Germans were introduced into the Norwegian and Czechoslovakian armies and also into the Austrian and East German police forces (VolksPolizei). Magazines found among these pistols were from a mix of any of the war-time-produced variations.
The East German VolksPolizei stamped the serial numbers of the respective pistols on the magazines. These markings were usually applied onto the toe of the floorplate or on one of the sides of the magazine housing.