Can anyone give me some general information on the P38's? Is there better makers than others, any thing to look for specifically? I'm thinking of getting one and do not know much about them, just like the history of them I know. Any information would be appreciated.
Originally Posted By SD307:
p1 is an alloy frame.
AC = Walther= Very desirable high level of fit & finish, I think the trigger on these are best.
BYF= Mauser- perhaps the most desirable with best fit & finish
Cvq or Cyq = spreewerkes (spl?)... These guns are up for debate spreewerkes originally made artillery pieces. But were ordered to make p-38's The early are marked SYW but either the bottom of the Y broke off or the code was changed to CVq t These are rough with a poor finish and very gritty feel to the trigger and mag well.
There are other codes & theories as well like SVW was the new Mauser code in 45
Thank you for the information.
Do yourself a favor and spend a few weeks reading about them on the P.38 forum. That's what I did before I purchased my AC41 in December. Good luck on your purchase. -Ben
I had one until I got to Ft Hood. That P38 caused the metal detector to go off and MPs requested I surrender it to enter the secure area. Go figure. Screw Fort Hood...aka "The Great Place".
Back 5 or 6 years ago my Dad and i each ordered one from GSP (no longer around) for $400 each RC captured. They were dark bore specials. I got a BYF(mauser)44 and my dad got a AC(Walther)44. I have black grips his has red bakelite. Both on the outside are excelllent condition and matching. My Mauser p-38 is machined much nicer than the Walther particularly the slide and barrel. The Walther has machine marks, not bad but they are there. The earlier the pistol the better quality you'll get and as the war drags on they finish gets worse. Good historical pistol. i would pass on the p-1 post war because as a pistol they aren't nothing to talk about. They are huge for olnly holding 8 rounds and they are $300. i would stay only with the ww2 ones RC captured or not.