P38 from WWII value?


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wickedsprint
January 30, 2008, 04:35 PM
Local gun dealer has a WWII P38 that must have been some sort of bringback from the war as it came from an estate sale and it has no importer markings. It is in pretty good shape, most of the blueing is gone though but yet not rusted. The slide and frame numbers match however the one on the barrel does not. They are asking $375. I'm pretty tempted simply to have the real deal in terms of a match for my P1. It's also marked AC which he says means it's a walther..which I guess I sorta assumed they all were.

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1KPerDay
January 30, 2008, 05:05 PM
What's after the AC? I have an all-matching (except the mag) AC41 (1941) P-38 with most of the bluing intact and IIRC people were saying around $400 was a fair price for it a year or so ago when I asked here. YMMV, disclaimers, etc.

The serial number is also stamped on the barrel locking block fyi... see if it matches the slide or frame.

Pic FYI

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/78497352.jpg

wickedsprint
January 30, 2008, 06:47 PM
Yours looks a LOT nicer than the one at the store, I think I am going to pass.

1KPerDay
January 30, 2008, 07:00 PM
found my original thread with some useful links fyi

http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=189300

possum_128
January 30, 2008, 08:57 PM
I believe the AC markings means it was a Germen police. I could be wrong but I believe this is right. I can tell you it has nothing to do with it being a Walther. Which I am sure it is.

1KPerDay
January 31, 2008, 01:05 AM
Actually, AC means it was actually built by walther instead of one of the other mfgs.

Also evident, as on other wartime produced German weapons, were the manufacturers’ code numbers. The P38 was manufactured by Walther, Mauser and Spreewerk. The codes used on the weapons to conceal the producer’s from the allies were as follows: Mauser bfy, svw; Walther 480, ac; and Spreewerk cyq.

Detailed info here also

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/uniforms_firearms/firearms/p38/p38index.htm

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