Gun Forums banner
1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
Good ol California requires me to wait 10 days... Makes perfect sense really. It's not like I can go out and shoot someone with the multitude of firearms I already own. Disaster averted...
 

·
Annihilator
Joined
·
4,782 Posts
California sucks for gun owners, plain and simple.


Very nice piece... Can't wait to try it out. I'm sure Adler will appreciate this.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
DJ 9iron said:
Guy was selling those NIB for $238 yesterday at a gun show...
Wow. I paid $350 for mine, but it's old... It's from the late 50's. One day I'll get one from WWII, along with my oh so coveted Luger.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
412 Posts
Unsafe said:
Good ol California requires me to wait 10 days... Makes perfect sense really. It's not like I can't go out and shoot someone with the multitude of firearms I already own. Disaster averted...
I'd heard taht Kalifornistan requires waiting... I guess you have to do waht you have to do.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,393 Posts
There are several variations to the post war P38,s. The ones made in the late 50's and early 60's do not have the reinforcing stud common on the later ones to make them hold up to hotter 9mm NATO loads.

If its actually marked P38, its worth more and hence worth the 300+. If its marked P1, its worth a bit less around 250ish.

My P38 was made in December of 1961, has all original parts and still shoots like a champ. These were a great gun and I wish they still made them.

Just so you know when you go for a WW2 one. Stay in the 144 or earlier range if possible since some 1945 production ones have some metal fatigue issues in the safety mechanism. Also the Spree Werke guns are the worst so try to stay wawy from the CYQ production codes. I find that the AC code (Walther) and BYF(Mauser) codes are much nicer, with the 1944-1945 Mauser ones being nicer.

There are some SVW codes out there which was late 1945-1946 made under French occupation. These are also two tone and are known as the Grey Ghost P38s, and are just fine sicne they werent rushed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Adler said:
There are several variations to the post war P38,s. The ones made in the late 50's and early 60's do not have the reinforcing stud common on the later ones to make them hold up to hotter 9mm NATO loads.

If its actually marked P38, its worth more and hence worth the 300+. If its marked P1, its worth a bit less around 250ish.

My P38 was made in December of 1961, has all original parts and still shoots like a champ. These were a great gun and I wish they still made them.

Just so you know when you go for a WW2 one. Stay in the 144 or earlier range if possible since some 1945 production ones have some metal fatigue issues in the safety mechanism. Also the Spree Werke guns are the worst so try to stay wawy from the CYQ production codes. I find that the AC code (Walther) and BYF(Mauser) codes are much nicer, with the 1944-1945 Mauser ones being nicer.

There are some SVW codes out there which was late 1945-1946 made under French occupation. These are also two tone and are known as the Grey Ghost P38s, and are just fine sicne they werent rushed.

Hey Adler,

Yup, it was marked P-38. Thanks for all the info. It'll be quite some time before I get a wartime era p38, though :(
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,393 Posts
There is a stock of Russian captured ones that have not yet hit the market, so when they do they should be in the 250-300 range since they will most likely be refinished.
 

·
Annihilator
Joined
·
4,782 Posts
Adler said:
There is a stock of Russian captured ones that have not yet hit the market, so when they do they should be in the 250-300 range since they will most likely be refinished.

When that happens, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,393 Posts
I know a few leaked out, but there has to be more in some cold war warehouse.

its easy as hell to identify them since all capture guns have an X stamped on them somewhere at the minimum.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
138 Posts
Unsafe said:
Just bought her today. Now I have to endure the waiting period.



YAY!!!
YAY!!! is right!

I've always wanted one of these. Unfortunately MA is truly effed up. Unless the gun was in-state Prior to late '98, it has to go through mandatory safety testing by the manufacturer. So basically, anything cool like this at great pricing is not available. Ones that were here prior to '98 rarely come on the market & when they do, they are not cheap.

I need to move to NH.
 

·
Annihilator
Joined
·
4,782 Posts
Balbino said:
If someone buys one of these, could you report back here on the quality and post some good pics? Id like to get in on this if they are good.

I'm sooooo tempted.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,393 Posts
SOG has them for 10 bucks more in like new condition.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
So I got the pistol and it works great with exception to the magazine...bringing me to my next question. Can anyone recommend a good website to purchase magazines for the P-38?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,393 Posts
cdnninvestmnts.com has them

Promag has a websie you can buy them from. I have 3 of them and they all work nice.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,281 Posts
those are cool guns! i was fortunate enough to shoot one carried by an SS officer in WWII. had the swastika branded on it and its holster and everything.

although in hind sight it was probably a terrible idea. its probably lost value because of it and i have heard the natzi ones are prone to backfire due to having some parts manufactured by there captive jews.

still a sick little gun....
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top