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Old 06-18-2019, 12:11 PM   #1
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Walther P1/P38

I am new to the forum, having just registered. However, I have a question that I know you can help me with because I know I am in the right place. I have just purchased a Walther P1/P38 9mm online. Why? I realize the value and quality of Walther products. Though I may have paid too much for it, $600.00, I would like some feedback on my purchase. It is marked P1/P38. What does that mean? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:55 PM   #2
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Tell us more...what's it made of, steel or partially alloy?
I struggle with pictures, but they would help in this case.
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:50 PM   #3
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Hi HalfMoonClip, Thanks a lot. It should be here in a couple of days and I will be able to supply you with more information. Back to you soon!
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:54 PM   #4
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Well, for openers you're going to find that it is marked either "P38" or "P1" --but not both.

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Old 06-19-2019, 06:46 PM   #5
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Welcome from northern Indiana enjoy the conversation
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:06 PM   #6
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The P-38 is the WWII German pistol. The P-1 is the same pistol overall but the frame is made from an aluminum alloy, and the recoil springs were reworked to be more reliable. The P-38 springs were the weak link in the weapon and prone to early failure. Either way, you will like it. NOS (New Old Stock) mags are relatively inexpensive.
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The P-38 is the WWII German pistol. The P-1 is the same pistol overall but the frame is made from an aluminum alloy, and the recoil springs were reworked to be more reliable. The P-38 springs were the weak link in the weapon and prone to early failure. Either way, you will like it. NOS (New Old Stock) mags are relatively inexpensive.
Actually that is not entirely correct. The P1 was the official designation of the post-WWII West German military sidearm and also used by the police. However, there were still P38s being manufactured for the civilian market and the police had received P38s, too. The P.38 was the gun that was used by the Third Reich.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:59 AM   #8
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I think you will love your new pistol regardless of whether it is a P38 or P1. With mine I have a habit of replacing all the springs every decade or so. Generally the spring kits have been slowly increasing in price. When I first started the practice they were under $10.00 and the last set I bought was $15.00 IIRC.
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I've missed out on a a thick slide P1, and regretted it.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:32 PM   #10
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I think there are lots of thick surplus P1 slides on the market now. You could probably pick up one for a good price and upgrade your gun for shooting longevity.
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