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School me on the P38

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by mknherhappy, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. mknherhappy

    mknherhappy

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    Can anyone give me some general information on the P38's? Is there better makers than others, any thing to look for specifically? I'm thinking of getting one and do not know much about them, just like the history of them I know. Any information would be appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  2. 3glkdog

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    Nice airplane but I like P51 better.
     

  3. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Look for the unissued model called P1 - late German production from the 70's and 80's - those have all the goodies like heavier slide and hex pin in the frame. You can still find them unfired and cheap. It's last call BTW as those pistols won't be imported any longer.
     
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    I'm partial to the ME262.
     
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    Mungrol Wanabe Like RTN

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    And I was thinking Range Rovers....

    I like the Classic RR heaps but currently have a P38 and it is extremely nice. Some day I will get me a classic LWB again but for now... my P38 will be kept as long as I can keep it.

    Mungrol Out!!!
     
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    Trigger pull is kind of rough and heavy on some.
     
  10. GMAN12

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    My neighbor just got a P-1 2 days ago from J&G Sales and it looks to be brand new.
     
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    I still carry one on my key chain....

    GREAT for opening cans and makes a decent screw driver also.
     
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    collim1 Shower Time!

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    They are cool guns and the design was important as it introdcued the traditional DA semi-auto (atleast locked breech auto, the blowback PP's were actually first), and as the basis for the Beretta 92 series.

    I would prefer the P-1 as it will likely be in better shape.

    And yes, the DA triggers on the ones I have handled were bad. Not Makarov or Nagant revolver bad, but still bad.

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=F3WALP1 Had some recently, are sold out now, but it appears they are expecting more.
     
  13. Rick O'Shay

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    The P1's can be found (gunbroker, gunauction) for <$400, and are teriffic shooters. You can shoot one all day without wrist and hand fatigue. Wonderfully accurate.
    For a nice WWII era P38, you can expect to pay $750-1100, but they're still out there. I finally broke down and bought the Mauser built P38, and very glad I did. The late war variety are usually mis-matched parts, roughly milled, and not as nice.
    I also have a P4 (West German Police) that is new and unfired. Same thing, but a shorter barrel.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the P1s for sale are all arsenal refinished, not new. IIRC, the P1 has an aluminum frame, and the P38 has a steel frame.
     
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    Most of the pistols from the last batch were just stored by the Germans, but never used - fitted with the used grips only before shipping. I inspected mine all over and if it was refinished...someone did an excellent job. It looks and smell like brand new gun.
     
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    Aim Surplus has them right now for $539...
     
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    I think they sold out..I checked it out, they were still available this morning tho..Shipping would be an additional $30 to my zip code and they would only ship to FFL or Curio and Relic holders..So add that fee..