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    Some WW2 "bringbacks" didn't have papers. Same with more than a few Garands, Thompsons, 1911's, and M1 Carbines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeladdict View Post
    I wish I knew more info from him before he passed. I didn't even know he had it until he was 90. i don't know of any paperwork on it if there ever was any. He said he removed it from a German soldier and sent it home to his wife. He spent his army career building bridges only to have them blown up after they were no longer useful.
    Sadly many of these don't have bring back paperwork because many people did just like grandpa did. As a relative, you can request your grandfather's duty records. It won't tell you where he picked up this little gem but it will let you know where he was and give you a little insight as to what he might have seen.

    Now, don't take as disrespectful.

    The Spreewerke's are the least valuable when it comes the WWII P-38's. They are still very collectible, and yours has more value to your family than one that anyone could ever buy. That being said I would shoot it and enjoy it. Since it will hopefully never leave your family I would not worry about reducing the value by shooting it.

    The thing I enjoy most about shooting my post-war P-1 is watching the people on my left. In case you haven't noticed, the extractor is on the left of the slide and the brass ejects to the left. People standing to the left of you will not be expecting to get hit with flying brass.

    Shoot it. Enjoy it. And may it always bring you fond memories of your grandfather-in-law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenwolde View Post
    That's super cool. With Nazi stuff you probably want to get it checked out before shooting it, but if I'm reading the serial number and prefix right that's Dec., 1943. I think that's early enough that you won't run into the late war problems, where materials and workmanship were highly questionable.

    http://pistole38.nl.server3.starthos...ctionDates.pdf
    That's very interesting. I had always heard that there wasn't a way to date a Spreewerke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenwolde View Post
    That's super cool. With Nazi stuff you probably want to get it checked out before shooting it, but if I'm reading the serial number and prefix right that's Dec., 1943. I think that's early enough that you won't run into the late war problems, where materials and workmanship were highly questionable.

    http://pistole38.nl.server3.starthos...ctionDates.pdf
    thanks for the info. I was researching last night and I know it's not an early gun from the enlarged area around the trigger pin.
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    I'd be shooting it! Great heirloom from our greatest generation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by morrcarr67 View Post
    Sadly many of these don't have bring back paperwork because many people did just like grandpa did. As a relative, you can request your grandfather's duty records. It won't tell you where he picked up this little gem but it will let you know where he was and give you a little insight as to what he might have seen.

    Now, don't take as disrespectful.

    The Spreewerke's are the least valuable when it comes the WWII P-38's. They are still very collectible, and yours has more value to your family than one that anyone could ever buy. That being said I would shoot it and enjoy it. Since it will hopefully never leave your family I would not worry about reducing the value by shooting it.
    No disrespect taken. To me it has zero monetary value because I'm never planning on selling it. I did some research and it looks to be in the 450-600 range but I may be off. I just haven't spent much time valuing it. Looks to have the machine marks common to the spreewerke pistols, but I like guns in their work clothes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    I'd be shooting it! Great heirloom from our greatest generation!
    Ditto!
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    Of the German Nazi pistols, the P38 was by far my favorite in terms of appearance and appeal. You have a very nice one there, and yes it would be great knowing more about the circumstances of how it was obtained, but some things are left to the winds of history.

    My sons were given a 1911 each, from their grandfather on their mothers side. One was what he carried in WWII and the other he carried in Korea. He would never discuss specifics, but if he was drunk enough (which was a pretty frequent occurrence), he would tell some old story and the ones I remember, were pretty crazy stuff and made me wonder how he came home alive. In WWII, he was dropped in-country a few days before D-Day and they had orders to kill Hitler but never found him. He had a piece of Hitler's tablecloth from the Wolf's Lair that they cut up with a bayonet and each kept a piece. I saw it with my own eyes, white with gold trim with swastikas lining the edges. Sent chills up my spine just seeing it.
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    Shoot it. Everyone should shoot a P38 at least one time. Shoot one handed; point, squeeze, rock up/rock down; repeat. The P38 is very much like shooting a Colt SAA, the near perfect one handed handgun. May need a new set of springs though. The Service Pack from Wolff is $17.00 or $22.00 with a magazine spring as well.
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    Oh my! A tragic reminder of an Evil people and time. If you want to dispose of it and not be reminded of that bad time send it to me and I will get rid of it for you. lol Rid of it right into my gun safe.

 

 
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