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Old 12-21-2008, 06:49 AM   #11
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If I remember correctly, the P38 was the normal Pistol of the german military in WW II. Higher decorated officers had the Luger P08.

Later the P1 was produced for the german Bundeswehr (Military) and is still, I think in use. Also some of the german police used the P1 next to the Walther PP and PPK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P38_Pistol

I am not sure what the Bundeswehr uses now as sidearm, but could be still the P1 or a HK P30, that is now beeing brought in as replacement for the Sig Sauer P220, the HK P7 M13, etc. used by some of the german police.

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Old 12-31-2008, 01:48 AM   #12
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The p-38 was ahead of it time in design.I think it was made from 1938-1945
by Germany.The marks are quality inspectors and the letters with numbers identify the plants and year pistol was made.Before you say these pistols weren't uses in combat please know your facts or state your not sure because many of these pistols found there way to America as war trophies as you could do that back then.Mine came back with 3 Greek brothers who fought in the resistance and got in a battle with more than one officer and they did use their pistols!
The P-1 started manufacturer in 1946 by the French and the frames were aluminum so they were not as strong as the originals. If you want to find out more about P-38 pistols just go to the p-38 forum and you will find some of the most knowledgeable experts on this pistol.Happy Hunting

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Old 11-18-2010, 04:09 PM   #13
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I have a 1970's alloy framed P38,although the pre war prototypes were alloy framed the german military specified steel and I think they were right, my gun hasn't got good balance unless the mag's nearly full and never comes near to the accuracy of a Smith.

The post war german police had a saying of their P1's;
"eight warning shots and one aimed throw"

Save up until you can afford a wartime version is my advice, that's what I'm doing!

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Old 11-19-2010, 07:09 PM   #14
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I really don`t like the P 38 because it has two small recoil springs compared to other pistols having one large recoil spring. Shotgun News has a P38 in excellent condition for $350 and I believe it has a steel frame.

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The P38 is a Nazi era Steel frame, The P1 is a post war alloy frame W. German police pistol. I picked up a P1 when they 1st showed up a few years ago for $169.00 w/ 2 mags and bought 2 more mags at $5.95 each. I find it a very accurate handgun. It does not compare to the P6 as far as accuracy though. Finding a wartime P38 that is in good condition for under $450.00 is a steal.
Yep, another old resurected thread.

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That's ok, but I'm still not in the market for any new firearms.....

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I just picked this up for about $400, I have always wanted one so I purchased myself a early Christmas present,









I was a real good boy this year.
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I just picked this up for about $400, I have always wanted one so I purchased myself a early Christmas present,









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They have another? I really been wanting one-
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They have them for sale at Welcome to Royal Tiger Imports, Ltd.- AK47 Rifles,ak-47 parts,Ak Accessories, Pistols, Handguns, Ammunition, ect. the price is $350 for very good $400 excellent to unissued. Just got the email last week.
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They have them for sale at Welcome to Royal Tiger Imports, Ltd.- AK47 Rifles,ak-47 parts,Ak Accessories, Pistols, Handguns, Ammunition, ect. the price is $350 for very good $400 excellent to unissued. Just got the email last week.
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