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Commercial late 70s Walther p38. Worth it?

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Found two at local shop, $419 each. Actual ww2 gun is too rich for my blood. Like my 1911, got a new copy to fit the niche. Worth it at that price? Anything particular about them ?
 

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Grips ain't right for a WWII pistol and the may throw the looks off too much if you want it to look like a WWII service pistol...
But they are good shooters and a neat piece of Cold War history.
Andy
 

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Main difference is the aluminum frame that every post war P.1 or P.38 that I've seen has had. OP didn't state condition of those priced at $419, but if average, the price is also about average. Nice ones sell for more. There are tons of these around, most are common surplus guns, not rare. In addition to several war-time P.38's, I've owned probably half a dozen post war P.1 and P.38 (yes, some were so marked). None were particular tack-drivers, more often sprayers, only one post war gun was above average in that department.
 
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Thanks! After doing done reading on my own , I think I will pass on them.
 

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Probably a wise decision. They were pretty gee-whiz in their day but now there are lots better 9mm pistols. Once you get tired of it, they aren't fast sellers there are so many of them. I have one byf 43 that I've kept mainly for historical reasons. Yes, it will shoot. But I've kept it because it's a Russian capture gun, no question it saw use on the Eastern Front.
 

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