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Old 10-10-2016, 09:08 AM   #1
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My P88 is a shooter!

I picked this up hoping for the best but anticipating the worst. Didn't pay much since the appearance is pretty bad. The gun shop did a great job of describing it and getting me pictures. My one concern was the end of the barrel. Would the round be stable coming out?
Well, having fired quite a few rounds through it now I must say this gun is amazing. While it might not be much to look at it performs better than I can.
I have a LEO friend who said he thought the damage looked like it was tossed or dropped from a moving vehicle.
All in all, I own a P88. It shoots well.
I entertained buying a new barrel but they are now as expensive as this beat up gun!
Thoughts on what I can do to improve the looks of this fine German gun or just go what "character?"
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:10 AM   #2
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:21 AM   #3
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That definitely looks like it was dropped hard. Like out out of a second story window onto concrete. I would expect more scuffing and scrapes from a moving vehicle.
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Looks like it tumbled on concrete at high speed. Guns don't slide much if they a) stated at a height above the ground and b) were moving at a good clip when thrown/dropped. I saw one that was dumped by a speeding car that was being chased by police once and it bounced a couple of times and ended up in the grass median - no scrapes but lots of dings like the ones seen in the OP's photos.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:38 AM   #5
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Thoughts on what I can do to improve the looks of this fine German gun or just go what "character?"
Go with "character".

If it's throwing shots, you might want to have a gunsmith re-crown the inside edge of the muzzle. If not, don't worry about it; I've seen worse that shot accurately after the sights were adjusted.

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Old 10-11-2016, 02:02 PM   #6
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Well, I would gladly own it, looks be damned. If it's MY gun, it's gonna be a shooter....I'm far too poor to have safe queens LOL. I may not carry, well, other than to the backyard, along with a cold soda, a couple boxes of ammo, and some water bottles and stuff.
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Congratulations on your P88. You've got a great collection.
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The only thing I would "fix" would be the gouge on the trigger guard, and that is only because I have a "thing" about trigger guards. I regard them as the equivalent of a woman's teeth: if they look bad, it spoils the whole effect. Because of its isolated location, that gouge would be relatively easy to clean real well and fill the missing area with aluminum-filled epoxy, then dress it off flush. Dust the repair with matte black paint applied with an airbrush; it would go away.

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For what it's worth, my P88 is a shooter as well. It's just that I'd rather shoot a number of other Wathers ahead of it.
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