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Old 10-23-2015, 04:38 PM   #1
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Date for 0036xx?

I am looking at a P88 with the serial # 0036xx. I'm guessing that this is somewhat early production. The gun looks to be in excellent condition. I am looking for a fairly nice example that will see occasional range use, probably no more than 100 rounds per year. Is this in the range where cracked frames are common? Should I look for a later production gun for occasional range use?
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:17 AM   #2
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As a percentage of guns produced, cracked frames were not "common". Nine were returned to Interarms in 1993-94. S/ns were in a range between 002320 and 006520. Probably there were others that were not returned, or were undiscovered.

I don't believe the cause was ever conclusively determined. I don't know if there was any correlation between round count and breakage, or whether some other flaw or irregularity was responsible. It might have been caused by high pressure ammunition that produced excessive slide velocities.

In any event the frame is not particularly strong in the area around the magazine catch.

I don't know if, or how, the problem was corrected, as the P88 was soon discontinued.

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Old 10-29-2015, 03:16 PM   #3
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Thank you for that information. Based on what I had read, I thought the cracked frames were more common.
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Prudence would suggest using mild ammunition.

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