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Old 04-17-2019, 08:13 AM   #1
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Question Modernizing the P88 -- What would you improve?

Curious what the fellow P88 community would improve or modernize on the P88? I realize that this classic should be preserved, but from a durability standpoint, what exactly would you like?


I only ask this because I read a ton about potential problems that have sprung up on these pistols before Walther released the P88C. The full size is such an elegant design, I just wish I could shoot it more without feeling any guilt. Mine is NIB.


I recently won a GB bid for a P88 parts kit (everything minus frame), and Numrich sells blank frames for <$20. I've had ideas about steel frame rail inserts, full length dust cover (like the XM9), maybe even an accessory rail, or a smaller rear backstrap. Would be a fun build and a fun shooter.


In any regard, would love to hear any input on this. Cheers!
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:06 AM   #2
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Have you handled both?
Question; When is a compact handgun NOT a compact handgun? Answer; When it's a P88C.


The P88C APPEARS significantly smaller in images, due to the full length dust cover. In reality, the "compact" (faux-compact?) has a barrel that's a whopping .2" shorter then the P88.


This tidbit from Wiki sums it up......"The standard P88 was heavily criticised for being bulky, heavy and expensive; the Compact solved none of these issues.".


I'm a hardcore P5 collector (seven at this time), even own a Lang, yet I don't own a P5C. Don't like the smaller grip size, shorter trigger reach, even the "look" is off to my eye (unbalanced grip longer then barrel/slide overhang look).


I have ONE compact in my collection, the P88C. Because it's NOT compact.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:33 AM   #3
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Have you handled both?
Question; When is a compact handgun NOT a compact handgun? Answer; When it's a P88C.


The P88C APPEARS significantly smaller in images, due to the full length dust cover. In reality, the "compact" (faux-compact?) has a barrel that's a whopping .2" shorter then the P88.


I'm a hardcore P5 collector (seven at this time), even own a Lang, yet I don't own a P5C. Don't like the smaller grip size, shorter trigger reach, even the "look" is off to my eye (unbalanced grip longer then barrel/slide overhang look).


This tidbit from Wiki sums it up......"The standard P88 was heavily criticised for being bulky, heavy and expensive; the Compact solved none of these issues.".

I have ONE compact in my collection, the P88C. Because it's NOT compact.



It's pretty difficult to come by older handguns in CA, so I've only experience with holding the P88, not the Compact.


The criticisms I've read about here in regards to the P88 are its girthy grip, and in some cases, stress fracturing around the magazine release (and frame rails on the XM9).


I for one would be interested to see if anyone had any idea how to possibly reinforce these spots, while still preserving the essence of the pistol. I wouldn't mind buying a bunch of spare frame blanks and mocking up things to it just to imagine what it would be like. I would essentially have parts for a home build (granted CA no longer allows it, so it'll wait until I move).


And to answer your question: A USP Compact isn't really all that compact. It's nearly as large as a P7M13.
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