Walther P38 as an a fun investment?


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wild cat mccane
June 13, 2011, 10:58 PM
Hi,
Can someone with knowledge in the area give me their take on the Walther P38 surplus run we are seeing. As a 'fun' item investment (something tangible to hold, though not specifically a real huge money maker) would you say the P38 is one...or just likely to only command the prices we see now in the future?

Thanks.

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REAPER4206969
June 13, 2011, 11:16 PM
Absolutly.

PRM
June 13, 2011, 11:16 PM
Last year I bought a P1 in 99% condition with the hex bolt and fat slide upgrades. It has been one of the most accurate pistols I own. So far its been flawless in operation. I had a custom high rise holster made for it and on occasions when I want a full size 9mm, it works great for me. I personally like the single stack magazine over the more recent double stack.

Here is a recent thread with some good info:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=7345521#post7345521

You wont be disappointed if you buy one.

wild cat mccane
June 13, 2011, 11:18 PM
you missed the 'investment' part.

I am sure they are fun

PRM
June 13, 2011, 11:20 PM
The price on these guns got up to the $500-$600 range a couple of years ago. I think you will see it creep up again once the current supply dries up. They are no longer being made.

HOWARD J
June 13, 2011, 11:52 PM
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/8387/waltherp38.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/waltherp38.jpg/)

I picked one up many years ago--it only says P-38 , serial # & some German markings---I had to register it to take it to the range--was that FUN--it took at least 1 hour & about 10 cops & I finally got it registered. They didn't like guns without names.

wild cat mccane
June 14, 2011, 01:38 PM
What keeps this as a money investment?

Once the source dries up, what does this gun offer? The HK P7 for example replaced the P38, but it is kinda different in a lot of respects to other guns so it has an advantage...

The P38, at the end of the day doesn't shoot +p, is large, doesn't have capacity...

what will make this gun worth more later on in life?

blakeci
June 14, 2011, 01:52 PM
What keeps this as a money investment?

Once the source dries up, what does this gun offer? The HK P7 for example replaced the P38, but it is kinda different in a lot of respects to other guns so it has an advantage...

The P38, at the end of the day doesn't shoot +p, is large, doesn't have capacity...

what will make this gun worth more later on in life?
Because not everyone sees a gun as only a tool, some people buy them to collect. Older guns are not the same as old TV's or computers. Just because a particular gun does not have all the currently popular features does not make it stagnate in value. This is particulary true in regards to unique firearms that may or may not be manufactured any more such as the P38.
An older Glock on the other hand, probably won't go up in value, since it is more utilitarian and available in massive quantities.

Zebraranger
June 14, 2011, 02:28 PM
I dont know about the investment part, probably not though. I did purchase one with the reinforced hex bolt 3 or 4 years ago when they were really cheap, and it has been one fun shooter, thats really all I wanted it for. Its marked as a P1 and its in nice condition, came with the flap holster and cleaning kit. I did change the grips out for some nice wood grips.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Collection/DSC00126-1.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Collection/DSC00132-1.jpg

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