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Posted: 8/22/2009 7:43:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2009 11:39:06 AM EST by builttoughf250]
just got an AC '43 P-38 today, decent bore, all matching numbers, perfect grips, 80 % bluing ( holster wear )

i havent taken it apart yet, but im wondering if i should really replace the springs asap so i can shoot it a bit, or can i run one mag through it, then worry about springs ( winchester 115 grain ammo )

i know it might only take 1 shot... but man, im stoked right now !

maybe 60-65% bluing not 80
Link Posted: 8/22/2009 7:58:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2009 7:59:56 AM EST by ZekeMenuar]

If you are talking about recoil springs, I'd replace it just for drill.

If you are talking mag springs, I'd get new mag springs, but I'd hold off installing them until needed.

Better get those pics up. The P-38 is a favorite of mine. Need a range report too.
Link Posted: 8/22/2009 8:00:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/22/2009 8:01:23 AM EST by builttoughf250]
ill have pics up in a couple hours. i knew i would take flak for that !

ETA im talking recoil springs. i would hate to damage the receiver / frame. at least im not shooting 147+P loads, but, like i said, sometimes it only takes ONE.
Link Posted: 8/22/2009 8:09:37 AM EST
camera is dying, heres one quick picture

Link Posted: 8/22/2009 4:50:16 PM EST
ok, i took a chance. me and the g/f ran about 20 round through it tonight.

DAMN it shoots SMOOOOOTH ! nice trigger, smooth recoil.. Zee Germans sure new how to build a pistol !!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:45:30 AM EST
If it was in that good of shape it probably wasn't fired that much,and that's what causes the recoil springs to get weak.

And you just take your thumbnail or so and lift the front of the spring off the spring stop.and lift it up.

And when you put it on you will need any small gear(small needle nose plyers.ect)after you get half of it on to hold the spring
passive till you get it on the front spring stop again! It's not hard but anybody can make anything hard!

The German Lugar people tell us how simple it is and only has 2 screws to hold it together(the grips) but the P-38 has less
parts and only one screw(the grip screw)to hold it together! Yes the Germans made some good pistols and Berreta copied
many pistols and great shot-guns after them. The whole Beretta 300-390,Al 390 use the same lock up!

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