quote-----------clearly this seller knows what he is talking about----------quote
No this is sensationalistic and slick advertisement to try and sell this particular firearm on Gunbroker. Critical thinking is the better choice before making a buying choice.
Quote-------------The pistol itself was considered an improvement of the Browning Hi-power, as a trustworthy service pistol; ------------quote
Falsehood: And to prove my statement, once again this is a quote from the U.S. Government test trials.
The Walther P88 was entered for the third and final JSSAP XM9 pistol trials conducted in 1983 to 1984 with interruptions. During the trials, the Walther P88 ended up being eliminated from consideration for not meeting a handful of the 72 “must” conditions. Firstly, it lacked the specified manual safety function. Also, the P88 failed the dropping tests, with the rear target sights popping off and the pistols frames cracking from 7000 rounds of sustained fire. The P88 also failed both the wet and dry mud tests
I might add that 2 Walther P88 pistols were tested by the U.S. Government and both failed the tests.
I might add that I never stated that I disliked the P88 but I do not close my eyes to its vast shortcomings as a combat handgun to be used under severe conditions. Its great for an investment or to be used as a range toy but way to big to carry and not reliable enough for severe combat use. It's best used on a nicely manicured firing range free of dust, mud, and other contaminants.
quote------------AND THE OVERALL FEELING IS NOT EVEN COMPARABLE TO THE MODERN EXAMPLE... -----------quote
More advertisement hype.
I might add that I have very long fingers and the circumference of the P88's grip is larger than a lot of high cap handguns making it more difficult to shoot the gun in double action. I might add the P88 is not the natural pointer that the High Power is either because with the P88's aluminum frame it makes the gun more top heavy than the steel frame of the High Power which makes the High Power sit more naturally in the hand with a lower center of gravity. In other words the High Power points like a finger, not so with the P88.
quote--------------a tad more accurate – better trigger feels and safety – ----------quote
Complete falsehood on several counts.
Number one the P88 has no manual safety, another strike against it because you cannot carry it locked and cocked forcing you to shoot it double action on the first shot or fumble the gun when trying to thumb cock it on the draw.
Again I currently have 6 High Powers and none of them are less accurate than my P88, I repeat none.
The Trigger on my P88 is gritty and inferior compared to my High Powers (once the mag safety is removed) because have a superior single action pull. I found much the same problem with my Walther P5 i.e. a gritty trigger pull in single action. In other words not crisp and it does not break like glass in either my P88 or P5. High Powers made before 1974 had some very good trigger pulls but when they switched over to the passive firing pin safety and cast internal parts it did affect the trigger pull for the worse. This same problem is found in the P88 and P5. The addition of more parts with the passive firing pin safety arraignment results in more grinding because of all the extra parts. Its just part of the design which is more friction because of more parts grinding against each other when pulling the trigger.
I find that this particular Gun Brokers add on this pistol to be slick sensational hype and disingenuous but that does not change the truth about the pistol and its shortcomings.
I might add the High Power has its faults too but that is a story for another day. No pistol design is perfect, they all have their faults. You make your buying choices and then you have to live with them.