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Old 02-27-2014, 03:57 PM   #111
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I don't mean this to sound like boasting but I shoot so many different types and models of guns...
Precisely why I asked you that question.

The Radom VIS 35 is on my very short list, quite possibly my next acquisition.

Recently, I discovered a Star 30M for sale in a gun shop not far away. It's in very good condition - the seller is asking $450 (which is possibly a tad on the high side?), and after handling it I was left with the impression that one could use it as a hammer and frame a barn with the thing, then shoot it the rest of the time without worry of wearing the thing down... The magazine looked like it would possibly interchange with the Beretta M9 and/or P88...
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:26 PM   #112
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A prewar Polish Radom is a thing of art. Even the early Nazi guns --early enough to still have slotted backstraps-- are admirable machinery. I don't waste time on the later ones, which are serviceable but that's all.

$450 for a Star 30M is probably too much. But it's an under-appreciated gun. I have one that fired over 105,000 rounds --documented, not estimated. It's what I would call a "lazy" gun, like a car with a big displacement engine that is loafing at 100 mph, without exerting itself. The magazines don't interchange with anything else.

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Old 02-27-2014, 07:37 PM   #113
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I should add to my previous post that with older guns, the precise fitting is often influential in the recoil impulse that is felt by the shooter. Which is why an M1911A1 National Match has a different "feel" than a standard-issue M1911A1, and a 480-code P.38 made by Walther in 1940 is distinguishable from a Spreewerk cyq-code gun produced in 1945 with inferior materials by slave labor.

It does make a difference.

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P.S. In the unlikely event that anyone here is interested: among 5.56mm "black" rifles, the Robinson XCR --which is of unique design-- gives a recoil impulse that is markedly different, and far more pleasant, than any of the AR types and their clones that I have tried.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:44 AM   #114
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P88

P88, full size.

I found that the magazines are very sensitive, and the slide would not 'hold open'. I took a calculated chance and ordered a new mag form Earl's (Mass.) and all is fine. When I look at the old mag vs the new one I cannot see the difference but there must be one.

BTW, I also obtained a manual and cleaning rod from Earl's.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:35 AM   #115
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I found that the magazines are very sensitive, and the slide would not 'hold open'. I took a calculated chance and ordered a new mag form Earl's (Mass.) and all is fine. When I look at the old mag vs the new one I cannot see the difference but there must be one.
They're not "very sensitive" per se... the follower on yours was either out of spec or worn...

If you order a new P88 follower only from Earl (or elsewhere), and swap it out with the problem follower, you'll have two good magazines...
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Early P88 magazines had unreliable hold-open. Walther modified the followers and retrofitted them to cure it.

I have some factory-modified followers. Send me a PM if interested.

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I have 3 P88 Magazines, 1 came with the P88 and 2 I purchased from Earl. Of the two I got from Earl one works fine but the other is a little fussy and doesn't always lock the slide back. I'm interested in modified follower and whats involved with that.

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Jim: If that mag were mine, I'd be interested in having a brief discussion with Earl.
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Hey, Hobe Sound, that was one of their consecutively numbered P88's, whay didn't you but both?, LOL...I've been following them from Collector's and they have some nice P88's (Searcher mentioned them in a previous post)...

This one has caught my eye:
Walther P88 Compact 9mm (PR25354 - Collectors Firearms

they also have a P5 with serial #: 001376 that looks like a possibility...might try to get them both, if they are willing to do a package deal...

YOURS is very, very nice...well done & enjoy the piece...
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