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Hi all,

as you can see by the title of my first message, I am from Germany.

I found your forum by the Google search for more details and information about a Walther pistol, I bought yesterday.
It's a P5 compact in mint condition, which I found some days ago in a branch of Frankonia. Frankonia is a similar enterprise in Germany like Cabelas in the USA.

To make you a little bit jealous I tell you the price: 300 Euros ~ $334.

Because you can get in Germany as a hunter (I am a passionate one) only two handguns without a needs-testing, I decided to trade in my S&W M60 for the P5 compact. Unfortunately I got only 50 Euros for this 40 years old .38 spec revolver, but that didn't matter for me because of the low price for the P5 compact.
Summarized I paid only 250 Euros for the good as new P5 compact.
In future I will use it as a kill shot pistol together with my second handgun, a CZ P07, also in 9mm luger.
And to my easement, now I only need one caliber 9mm luger for both pistols instead of 9mm luger and .38 spec for the CZ P07 and the S&W M60.

Some general comments:
Comparing the prices you have to pay for a regular P5 in Germany and in the USA, I have to realize, that these pistols are much cheaper in Germany.
That's also valid for nearly all other Walther models, except of the current, modern ones like the P99 or the PPQ, they are cheaper in the USA.

So although I have only one Walther pistol and I think I will own only this one in the future, I will try to get involved in this very interesting forum in the future.
 

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Additional remark about my P5C.
By a request to Walther by using the serial number of my P5C I got the information, that it was delivered from the factory in Ulm on January, 4th, 1989.
It's quite astonishing, that the P5C is still in mint condition after more than 30 years. Seemingly it wasn' t used by the previous owner. But unfortunately I don't have any information about that previous owner because I didn't buy the pistol directly from him but from Frankonia.
 

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Du antwortest auf Deutsch. Bist du auch aus Deutschland?
In English:
You answer in German. Are you from Germany as well?
 

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USA.

Meine Großeltern und Vater waren Deutsche. Mein Deutsch is sehr einfach (aber besser mit Bier.)

Post some pictures of your new pistol!
 

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Wir können hier alle Deutsch 🙂 Ein herzliches Willkommen aus Dallas, Texas!

Also, I ain't jealous of the price you paid at all, seeing how I can buy the latest Walther products in the US for around a third of what they sell for in Germany. And I can buy as many as my credit card allows, lol.
 

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Wir können hier alle Deutsch 🙂 Ein herzliches Willkommen aus Dallas, Texas!
That's interesting. <img src="http://www.waltherforums.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I am a member of three other American forums (car forums), but only few members of these forums understand German, not to mention that they are able to write and answer in German.
If you like I can post all of my future replies and threads in German and you can take them as lessons of the German language taught by a retired German school principle for free.<img src="http://www.waltherforums.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> LOL
Also, I ain't jealous of the price you paid at all, seeing how I can buy the latest Walther products in the US for around a third of what they sell for in Germany. And I can buy as many as my credit card allows, lol.
You are right.
Remarkably, all older Walther models are cheaper in Germany than in the USA.
For example you can get a PP, PPK or P1/P38 much cheaper in Germany than in former times, you can get them now as we say in Germany "für einen Apfel und ein Ei", corresponding English saying for next to nothing.
And as you said, current Walther models are much more expensive in Germany than in the USA, although they are produced in Germany.
But such higher prices are also valid in all other EU countries and for nearly all other gun brands as well.
Post some pictures of your new pistol!
Here they are: (edited - I have saved now the pictures on the forum website and use the URLs from there.But nevertheless they aren't shown in the reply itself as it's running on other forums)

 

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I experience a strange behavior of the forum software:

Being logged out I see the posted pictures as real pictures in my last reply.

Being logged in I see only the URLs of the pictures and have to click on them to see the real pictures. :eek:

Any reason for that strong behavior?
 

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Welcome from Michigan.
Pleased to see simple and well written German! Now I see why: an educator.
Ich war Ami soldat am Rhein, und kann noch etwas lessen und verstehen. Wie ein kind. Nur einfach und kurtz, bitte.
50 years out of date now, but I can always visit little nearby German tourist town of Frankenmuth. They still have the Bavarian lilt to their English!
 

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Welcome from Michigan.
Pleased to see simple and well written German! Now I see why: an educator.
Ich war Ami soldat am Rhein, und kann noch etwas lessen und verstehen. Wie ein kind. Nur einfach und kurtz, bitte.
50 years out of date now, but I can always visit little nearby German tourist town of Frankenmuth. They still have the Bavarian lilt to their English!
Thank for your nice and funny welcome.
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Ok, du möchtest, dass ich in einfachem Deutsch weiter schreibe. Dein Wunsch ist mein Befehl. Dann muss ich als pensionierter Schulleiter deine deutschen Sätze verbessern. LOL Du machst einige Fehler:
1. Amisoldat ist ein Wort, nicht zwei wie du schreibst.
2. lessen (to read in English) wird nur mit einem s geschrieben, also lesen.
3. Kind ist ein Substantiv und wird immer groß geschrieben, also nicht kind.
4. kurtz ist falsch, richtig ist kurz - hinter r ist tz verboten, hinter r darf nur z geschrieben werden.

End of my first German lesson on waltherforums. LOOL
I hope, the community on waltherforums will forgive me this little joke, but I couldn' resist to post it. Of course I will continue to post normaly in English on this American forum.
 

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Well, if you're gonna be like that, it's paid, not payed, and taught, not teached 😛
Thank you, now we can give lessons to each other in the respective language. LOL That means, this forum does give not only good and remarkable information about Walther arms but also about a lot of other interesting things. So I realy have to be glad to have found it and becomming a member. For the future I hope for much more similar conversations. LOOL
P.S. This is my last reply in this thread. I don't want to get already an admonition by the administration/moderation on the third day of my membership because of lack of seriousness and objectivity. Bye for today.
 

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Greetings from eastern NC, I had the pleasure (initially) of being married to a German and spending time on and off in Deutschland between 1975 and 1992. Your P5 compact is a beauty, and appars to be wearing OEM wooden grips, an option that is not often seen in the USA. Enjoy - the P5 is a really nice, very reliable pistol, either compact or full size. You are in rare company, even a lot of Walter collectors don’t own one.
 

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P.S. This is my last reply in this thread. I don't want to get already an admonition by the administration/moderation on the third day of my membership because of lack of seriousness and objectivity. Bye for today.
There are no such rules or expectations, we can be very unserious and frivolous here on the WF.
 
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