Mentioned in one of the threads about what to do with your tax refund that I had my eye on a Walther P1. Friend of mine had a war time P38 many years ago and I loved shooting it. Wanted one ever since, but unfortunately, war time P38's in good shape are a bit pricey. So I settled for the P1.
I've been watching GunBroker looking for a good one and found this gun up for auction by a pawn shop in North Carolina. They provided a half dozen or so really good clear photos of the gun, and what I saw was a P1 in near mint condition. So I grabbed it. And it's every bit as good as the pictures show. There is not a mark on the gun anywhere, and not a speck of rust.
One thing I noticed before I bought it was that it was manufactured in 1/86, which made it a later model, with a number of improvements Walther made to correct issues with earlier guns. When the slide returns to battery, the locking block action on the gun really punishes a spot inside the frame. Early frames, made entirely of aluminum, couldn't take the pounding, and would frequently crack just in front of the trigger guard. Walther added a hex shaped steel cross block, which takes the hit rather than the aluminum frame. You can see it just above the trigger guard.
Another improvement this gun has is the "fat slide". This gun uses the same dropping block action as the Beretta 92 models. And like some of the Beretta's, the slide had a tendency to crack at the point where the locking grooves are cut into it. So they beefed up the slide to eliminate the cracking problems.
The frame, slide and barrel all have the military "bullseye" acceptance stamp on them and the frame has the "Bw" stamp, which indicates that it was issued to the Bundeswehr defence force. And all the parts have matching serial numbers. It does have a "W.11.93" stamp on the right side of the frame, so it was reworked in 11/93. I suspect it was never reissued after being reworked, which explains the excellent condition. It looks as if it's been fired very little, if at all. The bore is pristine. The slide is very smooth, and the lockup is really tight. The double action trigger sucks, but that's typical of the design. The single action trigger is light and crisp.
Barring unforeseen issues, it should get a workout at the range tomorrow. We'll see if it shoots as good as it looks.
Oh, and forgot to mention it came with a German military holster, and two magazines.