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Old 01-03-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
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Post-war P38 barrels

P1/P38 post-war barrels are sleeved. Why?
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:12 PM   #2
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Eh? Mine is hewn from a solid chunk of forged 'Kraut steel; if there's a sleeve in there, I can't find it:



Are you sure you aren't spotting the headspace boss, which limits the forward travel of the cartridge upon loading?

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Steve: Look from the top for a collar at the breech end of the barrel. Early liners were pinned. Then they went to small and larger collars.

I just checked my first month production P38/P1 (# 080). It has a pinned in barrel liner.
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According to "Walther-A German Legend " by Manfred Kersten it was done to reduce cost and simplify production. Dieter's new book lists the dates when the different liner styles were used on page 182.
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Dieter also mentioned, Walther switched back to solid barrel design in 02/93.
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... if there's a sleeve in there, I can't find it:


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It's there, even in your photo.

You've almost cropped it out at the bottom. See the curved seam?

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Old 01-06-2017, 12:47 AM   #7
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I just asked why Walther sleeved the barrels. Just to save money? Were the post war pistols intended for limited (3000-5000) round life expectancy? I hope not; my P1 is my favorite pistol.
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Of course it was done to safe money. But the weak point was not the barrel, it was the first Generation DURAL-frame. That's why Walther introduced some reinforcments...
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I've seen barrels with their sleeves removed show up at surplus shows for $10. I purchased one and lathed an old section from a 22LR barrel and had the chamber end machined, with extension, for a conversion kit. Then found a P-1 22LR slide online and purchased a magazine to complete my kit. Works great.
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Steve: Look from the top for a collar at the breech end of the barrel..
Well I'll be. See? You DO learn something every day, and you guys just helped smarten me up a little!

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