walther p-1buffs, need help!


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Fremmer
March 31, 2012, 05:53 PM
Got the new surplus p-1 from buds. Came dry as a bone and with one small mark on the slide. It appears unfired. It looks really good after a serious oiling :cool:
It is marked as made 4/63. It has the circled-dot mark, and two other small stampings on the left side if the slide that look like little bombs or apples, lol. Otherwise it isn't marked. No refurb numbers, no nato number, ect. The label the gun was wrapped in indicates it was inspected in 1985 and designated for the armory only. It doesn't have a hex pin or a fat slide. It looks like an original unfired, unmodified gun. Was it common for the germans to not touch or modify their guns like this?

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bannockburn
March 31, 2012, 06:26 PM
Fremmer

You might want to head over to p38forum.com. Lots of very knowledgeable and helpful people over there who can probably answer your P-1 questions for you.

Fremmer
March 31, 2012, 07:11 PM
Thanks, but the tablet won't load it.

dfariswheel
March 31, 2012, 07:27 PM
A lot of P1's were manufactured and just stored in case of war.
They were routinely inspected and put back in storage.

So, while it's not common, there are P1's around that were never used or used almost not at all.

Fremmer
March 31, 2012, 09:01 PM
Thanks, dfaris. That's what I'm thinking, no refurb (hex, stampings, or fatter slide) simply because the gun was unfired and sat unused. Interesting. It is marked as a p-38 on the slide.

By the way, the lack of a hex pin and the slide make the gun look a lot different from a refurb'd. At least in my opinion. A lot more streamlined, i guess. I'll have to post a range report.

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