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    Can anyone help me discover more about this Walther P38?

    I'm trying to help a friend discover the value of this P38.
    I haven't seen anything like this model on gunbroker and this isn't my strong suit, but my friend knows I'm at least better than him - lol!
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    It's not a P38, but a Luger [/pendant]
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaiHu View Post
    I'm trying to help a friend discover the value of this P38.
    I haven't seen anything like this model on gunbroker and this isn't my strong suit, but my friend knows I'm at least better than him - lol!
    TIA

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    That's not a P38, that's a Luger P08.

    Was that a typo on your part?
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    That is the rustiest Luger I ever saw. All that can be said is that it is a P 08 as made from 1913 til 1943.

    It might could be made into a functional Zoid Pitted Special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wondering Beard View Post
    That's not a P38, that's a Luger P08.

    Was that a typo on your part?
    I saw 38 somewhere on one of the pictures and thought it was a P38. It's my bad. Thanks for the catch.
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    I'll give him four nickles and five pennies for it. It's too rusty for much more than that.

    Here is a reference for proof marks on different parts of the gun - http://www.germandaggers.com/Gallery/GLP.php

    IF any thing can be discerned through the rust then this will be a source to start figuring it out.
    Seriously guys, are we not doing 'phrasing' anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaiHu View Post
    I saw 38 somewhere on one of the pictures and thought it was a P38. It's my bad. Thanks for the catch.
    No problem :-)

    There was a time when I couldn't tell the difference either.


    If 38 is somewhere in the pics, identifying why might lead you to find out more about this one. Otherwise, RevolverRob is steering you right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaiHu View Post
    I saw 38 somewhere on one of the pictures and thought it was a P38. It's my bad. Thanks for the catch.
    There are two places to find "38" on a Luger. The last two digits of the serial number on a small part or a 1938 chamber date which would tie it down closely.
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    Likely a shooter at best-but only after a credible gunsmith examination and some basic clean-up and repair.

    Are the component parts (including magazines) serialized to the gun?

    Possibly suitable for restoration, but a competant restorer is expensive, and the intrinsic value will likely be compromised.

    Possibly a parts gun, or a wall hanger.

    Unless-and here's a potentially big "unless" there's a known provable provinance about the specific gun and it's accessories; is so, and if there's value ascribed to the provinance the value of the gun as is could skyrocket.

    Best, Jon

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    Like most P38s of late antiquity, it was probably used in the second Babylonian invasion of the Ottoman Empire, under the leadership of General Belisarius, likely becoming rusty after falling into the river Styx in an ill-fated cavalry charge. At least that's my first impression after seeing it.

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