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hi i have a walther p38 made in the Spreewerke factory production date is 1943 or 44 can any one tell me why it has mauser slide. slide is stamped with bvf 44 serial # 3194 . on the rest of the gun is 8862 pretty sure the is also an L in the number fallowed by what looks like an eagle and a 88 under it
 

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You have a non-matching P38. The frame's E/88 means cyq/Spreewerk and 'L' suffix is 1943. The slide's 'byf' is Mauser as you said, and the other side should have E/135s. The barrel and locking block also bear serial number elements, but should have E/# to indicate their origins.

Many reasons this happened, some of them good, some not so good but there it is. Force matching happened under refurbishments, such as the Russians and Czechs (and later East Germans) did, and it also happened when Bubba put one together from broken bits to be able to sell it. Import marks?

Before shooting, have it checked out by a P38-competent gunsmith.
 
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