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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:29 AM

Opinion Walther P38/P1 post war

Have opportunity to buy $399 NIB.
Anybody with knowledge of this weapon?

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Reply Opinion Walther P38/P1 post war (Original post)
era veteran Feb 2012 OP
OffWithTheirHeads Feb 2012 #1
era veteran Feb 2012 #3
Lurks Often Feb 2012 #2
era veteran Feb 2012 #4
Lurks Often Feb 2012 #5
OffWithTheirHeads Feb 2012 #6
era veteran Jun 2012 #7
MrTwister Jun 2012 #8
era veteran Jun 2012 #9
MrTwister Jun 2012 #10
era veteran Jun 2012 #11
MrTwister Jun 2012 #12
era veteran Jun 2012 #13

Response to era veteran (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 09:20 AM

1. buy it! Great price and NIB is, I suspect, very rare.

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Response to era veteran (Original post)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:16 AM

2. Depends

Are you buying it as a piece of history or collectible? Or are you buying simply to shoot?

As strictly a shooter, I don't think of the P38 as an especially good gun. The trigger is heavy and the sights are miitary and thus not very good for target work.

Also a Walther P38/P1 post war for $399 NIB is either a real steal or you are being taken for a ride. 2011 Blue Book indicates a 100% P38 to be worth $800; $675 for a P1

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Response to Lurks Often (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 12:22 PM

4. See above link

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Response to era veteran (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 01:39 PM

5. Ok, that's a fair price for a P1

2011 Blue Book for a P1:

100% 675; 98% 550 95% $400.

I like older guns, but the P-38/P-1 isn't one I expect to buy, I fired one and was unimpressed.

It may be historically significant for it's military service and design features that were new or not widely seen before, but strictly as a gun to shoot, there are much better options out there.

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Response to era veteran (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 3, 2012, 03:15 PM

6. Awww hell. If I had a discretionary few hundred bucks I'd buy it

just for the cool factor alone!

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Response to era veteran (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:07 PM

7. Shoots like a dream

Only wants cheap ammo.

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Response to era veteran (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 08:32 PM

8. I bought a P-1 from Century Arms International

 

for about 350 including shipping.

You need a C&R license. I'm happy with it. Looks good, and they're not making more.

On edit--400 sounds like a pretty good price if you can see it before hand and you don't have a C&R (003FFL). If you ordered it through the mail, your 001 FFL would charge you at minimum 20 bucks to receive it and register it to you.

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Response to MrTwister (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 07:50 AM

9. Turned out to be real nice

Got a tanker style shoulder holster, nice carry.

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Response to era veteran (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 11:15 AM

10. Woah, that's a dandy.

 

Better shape than mine, and CAI rated it as excellent.

Yours looks almost pristine except for tiny scuffs on the grips. Nice catch.

I got a free holster with mine too, heh, a polyester camo deal that's essentially worthless.

But I do like the solid feel of an all metal handgun. Polymer isn't my thing . . . And it is a real Walther.

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Response to MrTwister (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 02:49 PM

11. Mine was NIB

Just surplus.

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Response to era veteran (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 04:31 PM

12. Right. I saw those advertised

 

here:

http://www.fgsfirearms.com/new-arrivals.php?cat=New+Arrivals&subcat=P.38

But by the time you add on shipping, you're back to 400 anyway.

Looks like you did well.

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Response to MrTwister (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 06:31 PM

13. Got my at Bud's

Pretty much across the street.

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