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C&R P-38's at AIM

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Speedo66, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Speedo66

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    It seems pricey, but I remember when these could be had for less than $300. We had these post-war models in our arms room when I was at Ft Bragg, and we fired them with US NATO 9mm ball, which is a pretty hot round. Never heard of one coming apart, but I have heard that it is possible.
     
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    The P38s are sold out and P1s are priced at $500 with 1 mag.:(
    I bought my like new hex bolt P1 with 2 mags probably 12 yrs ago at $250, still haven't shot it yet. $250 is a fair price! $500 P1 and $530 for the same alloy framed gun marked P38 is too much!
     
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    Nice but kind of pricey. I traded into my French built Manurhin P1 a number of years ago; had something like $300+ in the other gun. Found out later it been used by the West Berlin Police force as they were limited back then to acquiring only weapons that had not been made in Germany. So the French P1 would have been a perfect fit for them!

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    I must admit it has been a while since I owned a P1 (P38). I got it at the American Rod and Gun Club at Hohenfels and it was an Austrian Police Trade in. In 1981 there and then I got the gun , a leather military holster and a spare mag for......wait for it......$69 US. I bought two boxes of Geco 9x19mm FMJ for it at the time. I must admit that every time I got it out I thought of Cheech and Chong "Zey are killink de gurl tonight, old man. You must sign ze paper old man!"
     
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    Around here clean alloy-framed P38s (and P1s) are seen at LGS and gun shows for around $450. The early, thin slide guns are the worst of the breed as they have both cracked slide issues and accelerated wear to the locking shelf.

    The hex bolt guns usually have the thick slide and are pretty reliable. I would recommend new recoil springs, but they are good to go. The guys at Walther forums do advise against using +P ammo in any P-38.

    All postwar Walther's have some Manurhin DNA, with final assembly and/or heat treating taking place in Ulm on the German marked guns. Many of the French marked guns are very early production and lack the durability upgrades though.
     
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  7. gc70

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    The prices seem high. I bought a very late production commercial P-38 directly from the importer three and a half years ago for $400, including shipping and transfer fees. Of course, I did not get a nifty camo holster with mine.

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    IMG_20180630_093833.jpg My late production P1 with hex bolt and thick slide
     
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    My favorite of the updated P 38/P1 series was the P4 I had. Should have held on to it.
     
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    Sold Out!
     
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    One of my favorite fun range guns to shoot.
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    Where did you find those grips, they look awesome!
     
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    Same question: where did you get those beautiful grips? They would certainly "dress up" any P38!
     
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    I got one a few years ago when they were around ~$350. Mine is reliable but the sights hit incredibly low. I actually bought a 2nd front sight that I'm intending to install and file down until I get it hitting where I want but still haven't actually gotten around to it yet.
     
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    Mine also has the tall front blade- they came in different heights, with and without white dots.

    Mine shoots 8" low at 25yd. I just aim at the head on the silhouette target and it hits more or less center mass, lol.
     
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    I just checked and while the extra mags are sold out, it appears the pistols themselves are still available.
     
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    I'm a sucker for the P1/P38. I checked and AIM surplus still has the P1's available. I typically pay about $350-$400 for one...... I think I need another,,,, even at that price.
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    They oughta' give you 2 magazines with it at that price.
     
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    My 4th arrived a few days ago. It looks brand new. Haven't had a chance to take it apart to look for wear yet. There are no importers marks on it to screw up the looks. The phosphate finish looks like it was just done or redone. Will get pictures in a few days. BTW there was no box included with the gun.
     
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    Here is the new one from AIM.
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    Now 4 in the collection.
     

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  20. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Looks good! Do they let you choose whether you get a hex bolt/thick slide or is it luck of the draw?
     
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    What you get is a crapshoot for sure. You might try calling them to ask. I assumed that all they had was the early ones without the reinforcement bolt. For the price they ought to at least talk to you about it. With my pains in pricing, I deserve to get two magazines, cleaning kit, and a pass for 5 at Disneyworld with the gun! :)

    Smile number 5 just might be around the corner
     
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