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Old 07-05-2014, 03:11 AM   #1
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AC 44 with no build block letter

I am new to P38's and still learning a lot about this historic gun. I have been looking at purchasing one and have found an AC 44 with serial number 7858 but there is no build block identification letter. Was this normal for production of these guns built in 1944? All other P38's I have looked at have a build block letter identifier. I could attach a photo if that would be helpful.

Any information that can be provided would be great. I would love to learn more about these pistols and also make sure I am purchasing a legitimate gun.

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Old 07-05-2014, 08:10 AM   #2
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Yes please show us the photos...are you referring to the locking block?
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According to Dieter Marschall's description of the ac44, there was no build block letter indicated with the serial number as there was for previous years.

Serial number range for this year was 1-94961.
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Here is a photo.

P38 with no build block.jpg

I am asking because some other AC 44 stamped guns I have come across have the build block letter identifier.

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Here is a photo of another AC 44 I am looking at but with the identifier letter which is what is making me question the legitimacy of the gun.

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Isn't bdmatson talking about a letter suffix after the serial number denoting the production month in '44?
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AC 44 P.38 production ran from A through L blocks. Here's the link to the monthly production charts:
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www.P38forum.com (P.38 Monthly Production Dates)
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I found it sort of odd that this wasn't mentioned by Dieter.
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AC 44 P.38 production ran from A through L blocks. Here's the link to the monthly production charts:
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Thank you for the link. I now understand the lack of letter suffix.

Thank you for teaching me a little more about these guns.
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