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Old 01-02-2017, 08:30 PM   #1
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Broken Locking Block

I have a post-war p-38 serial number 2388 that I haven't had out in quite some time. The last time that I fired it the locking block broke so I bought a new one (used actually) but when I put it in place the slide won't go back on because it's hitting on the locking block. My guess is that the part that I got (a long time ago) is not from the same era gun. Could this be the case? Should I try to find a different one if this is the case? Also, any ideas on the manufacture date of this?

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Old 01-02-2017, 09:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to WaltherForums!

Because there are three manufacturers and serial number sequences restarted periodically we'll need more information to date your P.38. Can you post photos please?
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:37 PM   #3
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It's nothing unusual. Locking blocks were often hand- or selectively-fitted. The "sole" of the locking block "shoe" often must be reduced slightly to allow the assembled upper to fit the frame. It must be done carefully to prevent excessive clearance. This is not a "Dremel" job.

The more important aspects of replacing the locking block are to obtain both precise lockup with the slide and to achieve correct headspace with the barrel. These are independent of each other and not automatic. It helps to have a selection of locking blocks...

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Old 01-03-2017, 10:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies. I'll attach pictures of the gun and the "new" locking block that I got.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:24 AM   #5
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You have a Walther "E" series commercial export model P38. Look for a proof date on the left front trigger guard by the Ulm proof house antler symbol. The locking block is from a WW2 P.38. Here's a good Walther gunsmith who can help you with the locking block:

M&M Gunsmithing
2423 Carter Grove Rd Hazel Green Al. 35750
571-276-7676
E-mail mmgunsmithing@yahoo.com
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:56 AM   #6
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Thanks. Looks to be a 1971 model. Does anyone need a WWII locking block?
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:28 PM   #7
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I'd think '61 would be more likely since my '66 E series has a higher serial number.
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