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walther p-1buffs, need help!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Fremmer, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    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.
  3. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    Thanks, but the tablet won't load it.
  4. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012

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