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I picked up this BYF44 today advertised as a Russian capture because of the star marking on the slide.:rolleyes: It is also Austrian marked BH too.:) I do have a question about the grips are they real or reproduction? It came with one commercial walther p38 magazine and a JVD late war Spreewerk magazine and a reproduction hardshell holster and 8 rounds of VPT 44 dated ammo. Cost me $500.00 total ok I guess.
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Barry In MO.
 

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The P.38 you have was put together by the French after they captured the Mauser factory in April of 1945. The French continued using the German serial progression> the last German production was in the F block the first French production was in the G block and continued through the L block. The "star" is the French firing Proof mark. A lot of these guns went to Vietnam but some went the French Police. Your gun is not a Russian capture or an Austrian rework but a French P.38 produced shortly after the WII hostelries ended.
 

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I need to clarify things I know it is not a Russian capture I was qouting what the person I bought it from said. I knew the whole time it was a French gun and it was marked with the Austrian BH.

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Thank you I guess no one is reading my post about this P 38.
I read it. The Austrians received several thousand P38s from the French. Most of them were modified, probably in Austria, to use an interim-design round firing pin in place of the original Nazi flat design.

The black plastic grips are probably the ones originally fitted at Oberndorf.

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I read it. The Austrians received several thousand P38s from the French. Most of them were modified, probably in Austria, to use an interim-design round firing pin in place of the original Nazi flat design.



The black plastic grips are probably the ones originally fitted at Oberndorf.



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I know you read it I was just thankful you did.

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I read your original post I the first time you posted it and I could not find any BH (Austrian) stamps on the gun. I looked over your pictures again I still cannot any BH stamps.
 
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