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I would like some input by people with hands on experience shooting large amounts of ammo through a Walther P88. Please only reply if you have actual experience in firing at least 7,000 rounds out of your Walther P88, counted not estimated.

It was reported that in the U.S. Military trials of the 1980's Walther submitted 2 P88's both of which cracked their aluminum frames at the 7,000 round mark. Of course we are speaking of full power Nato ammo which was noted on cracking the frames of Beretta 92's but at a far, far higher round count.

So far my P88 has had 3,000 rounds out of it and it was not hot Nato rounds. So far no problems.
 

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As one of the relatively few P88 owners on the forum, I can't help you with that one. Mine hasn't had 500 rds through it in it's lifetime. I probably haven't put 7K rounds through my whole Walther collection.
 

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IIRC, The Beretta 92 issue was cracked slides, not frames.


That's what lead to the Brigadier thicker, heavier, humped slide.....
 

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... Please only reply if you have actual experience in firing at least 7,000 rounds out of your Walther P88, counted not estimated.

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Well, I have not fired 7,000 rounds either out of an XM-9 model P88 submitted to the U.S. Army trials, or out of a later commercial P88. Notwithstanding my lack of actual experience in that regard, I do know they are quite different guns and did not crack their frames in the same place, or for the same reasons.

Why not just fire another 4,000 rounds? Then you'll be qualified to respond to the question yourself.

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IIRC, The Beretta 92 issue was cracked slides, not frames.


That's what lead to the Brigadier thicker, heavier, humped slide.....
The Brigadier came later. After the original reports of slide cracks Beretta added an oversized hammer pin to the frame whose job was to catch the rear end of the slide before it flew off.
 

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The Brigadier came later. After the original reports of slide cracks Beretta added an oversized hammer pin to the frame whose job was to catch the rear end of the slide before it flew off.

IIRC, That was the "FS" model.
I actually owned one back in the late '80s.


I was not sure if the Brig slide was released prior to, or post the "FS" modification.
 
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