I've been looking for a really nice P38 to add to my WWII collection for a while now, and one of my favorite local haunts tempted me today. I knew it was going to be good when the guy who runs the store (a real good ol' boy) got this smile on his face and a gleam in his eye when he went into the back room to "get something to show me"
What he came back with was a very nice condition AC 42
43 Walther P38. All matching numbers, no import markings, appears to be a Vet bring back. I would estimate the finish at 90% or so. Bakelite grips in very nice condition, no cracks or chips. Very sharp rifling and a generally nice bore, albeit it could stand to see the business end of some Hoppes soaked swabs. All proof markings are intact. The pistol has two marked magazines with it.
Here's where it gets really good: it also has a brown leather holster in very good to excellent condition. The white stitching is intact and has not been polished over. The leather has a high gloss finish over most of its surface with the expected wear here and there. What makes this rig extremely unusual (to me at least) is that it also comes with a brown leather belt that has what I believe to be a RAD buckle like this
a Luftwaffe belt buckle.
The belt is in very good condition with the original keeper, and the buckle itself doesn't look messed with at all. On the reverse, the Vet had written his name and hometown along with what seems to be a list of the places that he had been while in theater. Some of the writing is faded and impossible to read, but it was Pete <Something> from Texas. I forget the town although it was legible. La Sala...something. Not sure if the writing and history written on the back of the belt adds to or detracts from the value, but to me it's a neat piece of history.
He's asking $1,650 for everything which seems fair to maybe a little high to me. These are not an area of particular experise for me and I would be grateful for any input. I do know that prices on P38s vary wildly depending on condition, matching numbers etc. Would $1,500 in cold hard cash be a fair offer for the whole lot?
ETA: Added pics. $1,550 cash would get it done.