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Hi,

I have been reading 'The Walther handgun story' by Gene Gangarosa, I know that it might have been discussed long ago but I just want to submitt a bit more information for those who are interested in the details of P88 production.

I wanted to compare my P88 to what is written on page 239 under the heading " P88 variations".......

Quote "The first 1300 or so pistols used an "88" prefix followed by a 4-digit serial number"
*My early P88 is S/N 001024, not 881024.

Quote: "the slide on these early P88s was unstepped; that is, it did not taper near the muzzel"
*My early P88 (S/N 001024) has a stepped slide.

Quote: "Finally, the rear gripstrap-the part which actually contacted the shooter's palm, was relativly straight".
*My early P88 (S/N 001024) and has a curved backstrap, looking much the same as later P88 production models.

My P88 does have the early front and rear sights, and the trigger stop is on the rear of the trigger.

Are there any owners of P88s with serial numbers starting with "88" out there? I have always thought all P88 serial numbers began with 00, following along from the first production P88 S/N 001001.

cheers,

John H
Aussie in Norway
 

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John
the P88 you are talking about is a Preproduction run made in 12/1986
serial # 881226-881390..... those had all the features you mention above.....
 

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Thanks uncut,

I thought there was something amiss, I wish he had mentioned the word 'Pre-production' in his book when refering to the VERY early P88s! I learned something new.... (where IS the best referance to P88s then?)

Cheers,

John H
 
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