Being a baby-boomer and watching a myriad of movie bad-guys wielding P-38s to carry out their dirty deeds, I have always wanted a P-38. I also have champagne tastes and a beer budget. A couple of weeks ago, SOG was running a sale on the P-1s, and fearing that I might miss out on the tidal wave of P-1s that have come into the country I tossed down the plastic.
If I had acted a couple of years ago, I would have made a better buy, but I am happy. I received a 1979 Bundeswehr pistol in excellent condition. It had a few bright spots from holster wear, but the moving parts and bore were in new condition. The feed-ramp looked as if it had never loaded a round. I was a bit disappointed that it did not have the cross-bolt, but I won't be shooting any hot rounds and am not worried about it.
I also searched the internet hard to find bargain prices on extra Walther branded magazines and snagged a handful, along with both Flecktarn and Patent leather holsters and the proper belts for both.
Father's day brought my son over and we gave the pistol a work-out. The gun functioned perfectly and was a pleasure to shoot. I understand that they do not have a reputation for accuracy, but at 25 feet we were making very small footprints on the targets, including many 'same hole' shots.
I really am quite pleased with this pistol and just had to share the love.