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Old 01-24-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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Please tell me if single digit serial nubered P38s are unusual or scarce. I understand that they are the first 9 made from a alphabetical block and from a specific year. Are there a lot around??? Are they built any differently? I thought they would use a filler digit like 0003 or something like that, but the one I saw just has a single digit in all the right places.

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Old 01-24-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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http://www.p38forum.com/P38ProductionDates.pdf

If you take a look here, it will essentially tell you what you need to know regarding the production of P.38s from the three manufacturers" Walther, Mauser, and Spreewerk: no fillers, and no one built them any differently. But clearly, you won't find as many pistols with a single digit as you will with double digits -- nor will you find as many of those as you will pistols with triple digits, etc. I've seen a photo of a couple of them, and I'd sure like to own one ... but the standards are the same.
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Thanks for the info. I have a neighbor who has one he wants me to have. In that case I think I'll grab it...
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By all means grab it. Most all WWI P.38s are worth grabbing. If you decide not to get it, let me know ...

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It's probably the third P-38 in a WWII letter series but early Post-War guns sometimes had single digit serial numbers (or even a GI's initials). For example, I had a Post-WWII Browning Hi-Power Serial # 8. I still have an East German PP Serial # 00006.

Do you know any more about the gun or slide markings?
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I got this last night. Here are some poor pix. Single digit on frame, slide, locking block. No better camera available. Sorry








Condition is pretty good, i.e. no rust or pits. Bore excellent.
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I guess I have a fuzzy monitor...

Could you please post the Mfg code (ac, byf, cyq) and two digit date (40 - 46), plus the letter block series (if it has one), and the Waffenamt number (135, 359, etc)?

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Here is a few pix.





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It's a nice matching byf (Mauser) 1943 P-38...Serial #5 in the "m" letter block. I'd buy it if the price was right. Can't have too many P-38's...
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It's a beauty, all right. Looks like it was made in early November. I'd definitely want to pick it up if the price was right.
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