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I was 15 in 1970 but had been collecting Lugers and such for 3 years. My brother and I were friends with a Denver-area gun dealer, Chuck Musil-a veteran of the Red Ball express-he often picked us up and we helped out at his gun show tables-it was a great time!
My home was and again is Fort Collins, Colorado, and one day in a local gun shop ("House of Guns" on North College avenue-now long gone) I was found an odd P38 with what I only thought to be a commercial proof mark. I bought the pistol for around $125, at the time I recall nice P38s went for around $90.
A couple years later a magazine called "Guns of the World" had an article called "The Gray Ghost" and explained this was a scarce police pistol.
Years later I traded the pistol to Tom Millington outside of Chicago-he also showed me many of his collector treasures such as an Armee Pistol. I recall Tom said he found a lot of great guns at garage sales!
Years later I saw a photo of the pistol in volume 2 of Buxton's P38 book, credited to Tom.
A couple years ago sn 5759 sold for @$18k at RIA, they called it "The Holy Grail" of P38 collecting.

My inquiry:

I'm just curious if any member may now own pistol 5729 and/or know when Tom passed away. I heard that Leonardo Antaris of Historic Arms bought some guns from Tom's estate but he said not this one.
Also, I don't own the Buxton books, if a member could post a photo or scan regarding 5729 I would appreciate it!
I'll post a couple 4x6 photo scans of 5729.

Conclusion: I am happy with what I got in trade from Tom for my pistol. I don't care how much it went up in value since then. I don't miss the gun, only the people-including my parents-I have lost since way back then.

Best Wishes, Joe
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Welcome to the forum.

P.38 S/N 5729 is on page 84 of Volume 2, Figures 5-91 and 5-92. Your pictures are better than what's in the book but I'm sure Warren was doing his best in 1984. I was still struggling with multiplication and playing with Legos so I shouldn't complain.

Here's his brief description: P.38 Police Issue, SVW45, Late Issue: eagle-F, includes FN codes
 

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Welcome to the forum.

P.38 S/N 5729 is on page 84 of Volume 2, Figures 5-91 and 5-92. Your pictures are better than what's in the book but I'm sure Warren was doing his best in 1984. I was still struggling with multiplication and playing with Legos so I shouldn't complain.

Here's his brief description: P.38 Police Issue, SVW45, Late Issue: eagle-F, includes FN codes
Thank you very much! Joe
 

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Yours is/was a beauty Joe.

In 1973 I had been collecting Nazi police pistols for two or three years. Another collector/dealer living in California advertised in Auto Mag that he had an svw45 E/F P38. The description was a heck of a lot worse than yours looks like. He got it from a returning vet from Viet Nam. It had made its way there from Germany. And it looked like it. Bore shot out so much you could drop a 9mm slug through it. Serial number gone, but the svw45 and the E/F were legible. But for $75 it filled my last empy P38 slot and as none had ever surfaced at that time, I felt beggars couldn' t be choosers. I still have it somewhere, as all the others are long gone. Compared to yours, I guess I got taken.
 

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Yours is/was a beauty Joe.

In 1973 I had been collecting Nazi police pistols for two or three years. Another collector/dealer living in California advertised in Auto Mag that he had an svw45 E/F P38. The description was a heck of a lot worse than yours looks like. He got it from a returning vet from Viet Nam. It had made its way there from Germany. And it looked like it. Bore shot out so much you could drop a 9mm slug through it. Serial number gone, but the svw45 and the E/F were legible. But for $75 it filled my last empy P38 slot and as none had ever surfaced at that time, I felt beggars couldn' t be choosers. I still have it somewhere, as all the others are long gone. Compared to yours, I guess I got taken.
Thank you Joe, when you dig yours up I would love to see some photos of it. Perhaps the current owner of my pistol will surface in time. I'll attach a couple photos below of 5759 from the RIA auction a few years ago, it brought over $18k. Best Wishes, Joe.
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