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Old 05-21-2016, 08:22 PM   #1
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P88 on Gunbroker price?

There's been a P88 listed on gunbroker (it's still there) for a couple of weeks now that seems to have an attractive price at $725.00. Never gets any bidders, the seller gets good reviews, and pistol seems priced anywhere from $200 to $800 less than the others listed.

There is some what seems to be honest wear, but nothing I can see from the pics that would keep me from buying it. (I don't mind wear as I buy 'em strictly as shooters).

Am I missing something?
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:15 PM   #2
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Am I missing something?
A link to the auction, maybe...
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:14 PM   #3
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Walther P88 9mm Interarms : Semi Auto Pistols at GunBroker.com
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Well worn, but starting price seems to be OK if you want a shooter...
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The last NIB 88 I saw had 2000 on the sticker. A bit rich for me even thought they are wonderful pistols.
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Somebody thought it was worth the money; the auction has ended. Either that or the seller decided that it was too good of a deal and retracted it.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:12 AM   #7
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It's been relisted.

That P88 probably has more rounds through it than any P88 I've ever seen. It might very well have been someone's duty pistol too judging by how much anodizing is missing from the frame.

I don't see that same amount of wear on the slide though. He may have carried it in a holster for another pistol. Browning High-Power or a second generation S&W.
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Beware Dark Photos of the Serial Numbers. I once bought a 1st Gen. Sig-Sauer P.226 which I have always loved because there were no Rails on it, or Bells and Whistles on it, Just a Clean Pistol from the Mid-1980s, with the desired first style Grips on it. However when I got it, the Serial Numbers were mismatched. Paul
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Good advice, Paul. If auction photos are dark or inadequate, then ask for new or more. If the seller doesn't respond, then that should be enough warning to tread very carefully.
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Good and appropriate cautions I think. Differing coloration on slide and lower, taken together with darkened or illegible serial numbers and really high mileage send up flags to me. While it was a relatively rare occurnce, the P88 did have a slide cracking anomaly. Whether due to high pressure loads or extensive use was unclear (as the P88 was terminated shortly thereafter). Still it was rare, I think around 10 where actually returned with cracked slides. MGMIKE would know for sure I think.

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