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Walther P1

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kbsrn, Jan 21, 2006.

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  1. kbsrn

    kbsrn Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Was at a gunshow today and the had new/unissued, or at least as new as a 30 plus year old pistol can be for $288 out the door. THey came with 2 matching mags, holster, cleaning kit, test target, and the original box.
    Is that a good price? They were nice with pretty good bluing and the tubes were in very good condition. I can still go back tomorrow and get one, they had a bunch.
    Also what is the difference between a P1 and a P36?
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    That's an OK price.

    The difference between the P-38 and the P1 depends on WHICH P-38 you mean.

    The WWII P-38 was a steel framed gun.
    After WWII Walther did a slight redesign of the firing pin and safety assembly and changed the frame material to aluminum.

    The difference between the POST-WAR aluminum P-38 and the P1 is.....nothing except the markings.

    The P-38 marked guns were for German police, foreign military sales, and commercial sales.

    The P1 is nothing more then the P-38, only marked for use by the West German military, who called the gun the Pistole One, or P1.

    Other than the markings, the guns are exactly the same.
  3. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Sep 8, 2005
    Check to make sure it's all numbers-matching. I believe at least three places have the serial number or the last 3 digits (007 on mine, which partially prompted me to pick it).

    It's a great gun. Mine was $269 a few months ago. $288 is an acceptable price if it's in Excellent condition. A great shooter and even HD gun. Mine feeds Silvertips well, for example, and is accurate.

    Don't pay over $300 (except for a collectible all-steel Nazi gun, which is a lot more), but anything under that is okay if you handle the gun and it's a good specimen.

    The aluminum frame gun has nice balance. I can shoot it easily and well.
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