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    Just acquired p38

    Just got this p38 from my wife’s grandfather. He got it in WWII and sent it home to his wife. He passed about 8 years ago and gave it to my father in law and he gave it to me. It’s all number matching gun with holster and extra correct mag. It’s a CYQ Spreewerke gun in really nice condition. Has not been fired after being sent to USA. It will be passed along to family when I’m done with it. I haven’t decided if I’m going to shoot it or not. Now to research the gun and try to get some more info on it.
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    I have one from my grandfather too, they're very nice shooters!

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    Wow, what a piece of history. Do you know where he was when he captured it?
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    P38s are awesome. Congrats.
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    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
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    I love my P38
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    Very nice P38, most WWII bring-backs I've seen have been nickel-plated.

    I'm a fan of classic Walther Pistols, with my all-time favorite being the PPK/S.

    At first I was a little worried that I was going to enter this thread to find something other than a Walther, as it seems to be a growing trend these days to give new imported Eastern European pistols names matching older firearms for some reason, so I was half expecting to enter this thread only to be greeted by some clone of a CZ-75, or worse some semiautomatic SMG, which is inexplicably named the "Skorpinok P38" or something.
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    Very very nice WWII Spreewerke made Walther P38 you have there! Congratulations and enjoy it!

    Your P38 looks to be in very good condition and well made, but I would have it inspected by a competent Gunsmith, familiar with the design, before shooting it.
    Nice that you have an original WWII soft shell holster for it. Don't store the Pistol in it though! Do keep it well oiled!

    One of my very first handguns was a WWII AC Code Walther made P38 and I still have it, along with two post-war P38/P1 Pistols.
    That WWII P38 served to get me interested in Pistol Smithing, as it needed some minor maintenance to keep it reliable, as it served as my House gun, back in the late 1970's.
    I wound up replacing quite a few of the Springs which had become worn, notably the Recoil, Hammer, and Firing Pin Springs.
    I do have a WWII soft shell Holster for my WWII P38, but it was not original issue to it.

    Today, while that WWII P38 is in honored semi-retirement in my Gun Vault, I still occasionally pack a Walther P38 along to my Clubs Pistol Range for some fun.
    None of my Walther P38's have proven finicky about what 9x19mm ammunition they will run and my reloads have proven to run in them just fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    Wow, what a piece of history. Do you know where he was when he captured it?
    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.
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