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GUN YOGA With WWII Pistol – P38 – Kirsten Joy Weiss

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This video by Kirsten Joy Weiss is about a pretty interesting topic – yoga with a gun. Weiss uses a Walther P38 World War II pistol to shoot a miniature watermelon while in a standing bow pose.

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The Walther P38 – also known as the Pistole 38 – is a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol that was deigned and produced by Walther arms as the service pistol shortly before World War II. The first designs of the Walther P38 featured a locked breech and a hidden hammer, but the German Army requested that the gun be redesigned with an external hammer.

The Walther P38 was the first locked-breech pistol to use a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger. A shooter could chamber a round and use the de-cocking lever to safely lower the external hammer without firing the round.

Once fired, the firing mechanism of the Walther P38 extracts and ejects the round, cocks the hammer, and chambers a new round for a single-action operation with each subsequent shot – all these features are now found in many modern handguns.

The moving-barrel design of the Walther P38 operates through a wedge-shaped falling locking block underneath the breech. This locking block design provides great accuracy due to the in-line travel of the slide and barrel.

When the gun is fired, both the slide and the barrel recoil for a short distance together. The locking block then drives down, disengaging the slide and moving further to the rear of the barrel.

The slide continues to move rearward, ejecting the case and cocking the hammer before reaching the end of the frame. Two return springs found on either side of the frame – having been compressed by the slide’s movement to the rear – drive the slide forward, stripping a fresh round from the magazine and driving it into the breech. The slide’s travel ends with a new round chambered, hammer cocked and ready for a new shot.

Fun fact: In 1944, the cost of one Walther P38 was $14.08.

The remainder of the video shows clips of Weiss in the classic yoga standing bow pose and several attempts at showing the mini watermelon. She eventually makes a successful shot, blasting the watermelon in half.

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