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Guys:

This gun is s/n 026746 and is in 99% condition. It was in an estate that the local gunstore bought; they called me to see if I might be interested. The serial # is on the front of the frame, right frame above the trigger guard and on the top of the right frame alongside the ejection port. It is military proofed and has a cog hammer. Two magazines came with the gun: (1) unblued "jvd" on left and "P38/U" on right in large (1/4") letters that look cut or etched. The "counter" holes along the sides are smooth-edged. (2)unblued P38v/U on left, e/359 on spine (up-side-down). The "counter" holes are sharp edged, follower is ribbed.

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What are they asking for the gun?

There were only 1200 of these made in 1945. That one should probably have a cog hammer and be missing the final E/359 on the right slide?

These are becoming hard to find!

Orv

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Orv:

I'm still trying learning how to use my wife's new digital camera but I have the feeling no amount of skill will bring it up to the levels required by this forum. That's a long winded way of saying yes, there is a cog hammer and yes (oddly), there is an e/359 proof on the right frame next to an e/swastika.

As for what they asked for it.... I own it now and only haggled (unsuccessfully) for a moment as a face saving device. It went for the price of an ordinary, but minty, P-38.
 

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I just picked one up today for $540.00 an all matching AC45 serial number 32xx "a" block

What is the value of this gun?

It has a matching mag is 95% or better only minor holster wear..

The holster came with it although the GI put a leather leg tie at the bottom of it and pinned two medals to the flap.

Somthing told me to stop at that shop while on my way home from picking up my brother-in-law's birthday cake a little voice inside of my head a faint whisper...Gehen Sie in..gehen sie in...Komm!!

LOL

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Sounds like another great buy!

May I have the complete serial number for my data base? You may email me if you would rather not post it here:

It probably has the cog [3 notch] hammer?....Is there a capital 'A' [instead of lower case 'a'] on the frame? all these and condition effect the value.</u>

The holster modification is typical of what the GI's did!

Photos would be great!

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Shelly,

Outstanding purchase!

The 0 series AC45 are very sought after. Most likely the "unblued" mags you are referring to have a phosphate finish. The e/359 mag is the production mag supplied by Walther and the jvd mag is the spare.

Great buy, congrats!

Mark
 

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Yes I think it does have a capital A.Looking at the receipt it lists A as the number after the serial. I thought the owner wrote A out of common practice instead of the typical lower case a usually found on german Weapons.

The pistol is still at the shop as I did not have the cash with me and I try to avoid using my Visa so I gave him a good solid deposit. to hold her till friday.

What do you think it's actual value is?

When I get it I will post pics of both the holster and the mag as well.

The leather is quite Dry should I put some kind of leather conditioner on it?

And if so what kind.

Aufaffe
 

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Marc, (Aufaffe)

I just a few months ago found the best leather cleaner/conditioner I have ever used and I have tried everything over the last 25 years.

It is called Bick 4 from a company called Bickmore. I got it at a Western Boots store. It is recommended by some of the best cowboy/western boot makers in the world. It will NOT darken leather and returns that soft sheen to even poor condition leather and adds tremendous suppleness. Unless the leather is to far gone it will rejuvenate it and preserve it. It does not contain Carnuba wax, wax derivatives or slicone. I have used it on my leather holster collection with tremendous results.

Here is their web site:

http://www.bickmore.com/bickmore/home/

I got a 8 oz plastic bottle of it for around six bucks as I recall.

I recommend it without hesitation. Good luck and if you decide to get some let us know what you think?
 

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Also,

here is a question.

Should I remove the lanyard that the GI put on the Holster and Plug the holes made by the insignia pins that were on there?

Or should I leave it be, and look at the GI modifications as part of the rigs history and keep it as is?

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you are right.

I'll just get a hold of an additional P38 holster in original issue shape for display.

Would you recommend shooting this pistol? I own a luger, Radom, P27, P37,and an Fn1922 I shoot all of those is there any reason that I should not shoot this one?

Aufaffe
 
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