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Old 12-01-2016, 12:26 AM   #1
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Help me before I buy this

two guns ,p88 serial 00297x (wood grips), and p88 compact serial 10334x. both new in box both same price. $1300. is the price is fair ?Which one is better. Please someone tell me the year of manufacture. Thank you very much for your time.
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The P88 was made from 1987 to 1992. Production on the P88C started in 1992.

The price depends on what comes with the pistols, if anything, overall condition, whether they are mechanically sound, etc. I've seen them offered for more. I've seen them sell for less. Generally speaking, the P88C is the better of the two. Walther noted some of the issues with the P88 and corrected them in the compact model. It's also worth noting that they are two completely different pistols.

So which one to buy? It depends on what you want to do with it. Range companion? Safe queen? Wall hanger? Concealed carry? Home defense? My advice is to get the one that most speaks to you ... if, in fact, you are committed to buying one over the other.

Hope that helps a bit. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-01-2016, 11:48 AM   #3
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Buy both of em'.

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Old 12-01-2016, 03:28 PM   #4
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I have both and personally prefer the compact model from an ergonomic standpoint. Do they both come with the proper high cap magazines?
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I own two compacts but no full-size P88, if that tells you anything
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:33 AM   #6
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If My LGS got those in for that price I would have bought at least one of them. Probably both.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:46 AM   #7
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Both NIB? Buy them both.
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Old 12-17-2016, 02:49 PM   #9
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Thank you so much for all the input . I bought them both. the P88 with II: mean 1988 manufacture, the compact KP : ? ,anyone know year of manufacture.
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A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
I = 8
k = 9

j ia left out since the German writing of I and J are too similar
that said look at it again...there is no "P" in the date kodes
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