It’s not worse. The $30 extra were a rip-off; from the pictures those were all standard post-war West German surplus, meaning the only difference between the P38 and P1 is the slide stamping.Is it really worse to buy this P1 for $500? I am thinking, love Walther especially one made before plastic one era <img src="http://www.waltherforums.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Hey Guys. Like most of yall, I'm a hard working middle class dude who pulls my fair share for myself/ family and the good ol USA. At least I think I so anyway. It was very unusual when I found just a little extra gun cash in my pocket that wanted out. I knew enough that these were likely desirable to some degree and might need to move on it quicker than usual. So, I threw in on the p38-p1 doing my detailed research after the fact. How does that usually turn out, right? I learned that the frame cracks, and the slide cracks. I could also get eaten by a bear today too, but I would likely not go into bear territory if it was happening often, right? I started wondering if this Carl Walther pistol maker is so good then why is is breaking.... In hindsight, Im sorta regretting this purchase since my research finds the p38- p1s will have a thin slide and no hex bolt from what I can gather. A crack waiting to happen?? I gotta pretty wife to look at so I don't need a looker in some display case. Oh well..I must now put that outta my mind and just shoot it till it breaks. For those who will buy it from me for half price, wait till I break it first. Have fun with yours.
They're surplus military sidearms not eggs. Use the ammo they're designed to use and enjoy.
It didn’t survive, Germans got beaten on Easter Front and that is why Hitler basically sent bullet to his head one day later 1945, anyway yes that is why Tokarev, Makarov, PPS and AK etc could survive in extrimely harsh conditions. That is requirement number 1 to any firearm there.Second the design of the P-38 survived a special he11 called the Eastern Front that had a cold that would freeze the oil in the recoil systems in cannon or the special name the Russians called the two periods of mud ( Resputitsa )that plagued that country. I think Walther can design good weapons.
Top has one of the NATO stock numbers (NSN) for the P.38/P1:Mine came today. Anyone care to decode the issue tag? GerDp?
If you click on the pics you can see a larger version. No hex bolt is in evidence, and the gun is marked 12/63. The hex bolt came into existence in 6/75, afaik.Photos are quiet bad, do you have hex and fat slide on it? Any disadvantages you might share? I order mine this morning.