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I have a large number of WWII weapons but never really got into the P.38 but have examples from all the manufactures during the war. In my humble opinion the Mauser made byf had the best mechanics and smoothest trigger of all the examples I have. I have both a 43 and 44 produced gun and they both have excellent triggers and function perfectly. Walther without a doubt had the best finish of all of them and the cyq which was made completely by forced labor shows the lack of any quality control.

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I have a large number of WWII weapons but never really got into the P.38 but have examples from all the manufactures during the war. In my humble opinion the Mauser made byf had the best mechanics and smoothest trigger of all the examples I have. I have both a 43 and 44 produced gun and they both have excellent triggers and function perfectly. Walther without a doubt had the best finish of all of them and the cyq which was made completely by forced labor shows the lack of any quality control.

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1960 Miami pawnshop my brother picked up a nice one for 40.00. It had the German markings on it. must have been a war relic take it home pistol.
 

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I have one. It's one that I was looking to find for a long time. It's a polished blue commercial P38 manufactured in 1958. This is my collector gun. I also have a Walther P1 police model with that obnoxiously ugly phosphate gray finish that has the hex bolt to strengthen the aluminum frame from cracking as well as the thicker steel slide. I purchased that one as a range/shooter pistol. I wouldn't mind getting a Luger P01 in VG condition as a collector piece. The P38 feels great and fits my hand like a glove.

This is my polished blue P38.
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the airplane was really something. ask yomamoto. the pistol was really ground breaking. the design of parts is pretty amazing. i'm a fan of walther's, and have several. but don't have a p38. well, except the one like dsks.
 

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Actually I pulled that pic of a can opener off the web. One of these days I'll pick up a real WW2-era P38 and not a modern replica.

But yes, I do have an actual P.38 pistol. 1944 Mauser in excellent condition. I always wanted one, but never got around to it until one day a couple years ago I simply told myself "better get one before prices get too out of sight!".
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There are a lot of these out there, but be careful of force-matched specimens and Russian imports that have had the import marks carefully filed off (hint: the mark is usually down near the mag well opening where it's easily removed).
 
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the airplane was really something. ask yomamoto. the pistol was really ground breaking. the design of parts is pretty amazing. i'm a fan of walther's, and have several. but don't have a p38. well, except the one like dsks.
The Lockheed P-38 was an interesting design and in some ways was a successful medium to low altitude fighter and in some ways was a failure for its designed purpose. This is the main reason it was mostly withdrawn from the ETO once other fighters became available. It could reach high altitudes but could not operate there for any length of time because fuel would fall out of suspension in its induction system at cruise settings. When you run up power, pooled fuel gets into the manifold and KaBOOM! Thus it was not effective as an escort fighter cruising for hours at 20-30,000 feet. It was designed as an "Interceptor" to get up to altitude quickly and kill bombers, not to stay and fight up high.
It also had the lowest critical Mach number of any US fighter around 0.62 to 0.65 so almost any dive from above about 25,000 feet would put it into compressibility. At 30,000 feet, at maximum level speed, it was about 20 MPH from its critical Mach number at which point it would enter compressibility.
This was bad enough that Lightnings were all moved to the 9th Air Force in Europe as other fighters became available where they were used for close air support and ground attack.
Lightnings were much better off in the Pacific where patrol and combat altitudes were much lower and the high altitude problems did not appear as frequently.
Regardless of those issues, it is still one of my favourite fighters.

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don't forget the long range (for the time). i have used up all my allocation watching u-tube p38 vids. listening to them take off over and over 😄 dsk, that is a beauty!
 

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I've owned 3 P.38's over the years. For some reason they tend to get sold when I find some new firearm I just can't live without. For me the grip frame contour is incredibly comfortable, although it lacks a wide beavertail to fit the web of the shooter's hand. It also has an incredibly heavy double action trigger pull, one of the worst. The manual that came with mine instructs the operator to lower the hammer with the non shooting hand when the safety is actuated. No snapping down onto the firing pin.
 

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The firing pin block part of the safety will break if the hammer is allowed to drop on it repeatedly. The gun will then fire when safety is applied. I had that happen when the gun I bought already had a broken safety.
I have two of these guns. Both are Walther. One has a pretty good DA trigger through a lot of use. The other is less used and has a much rougher trigger. Good trigger is about the same as a S&W auto pistol.

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Looking to add one to my collection soon. After a slight debate, probably a WW2 model, for future investment reasons. I have one online and one at a LGS that I'm contemplating, one a Walther and the other a Spreewerk.
 

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The firing pin block part of the safety will break if the hammer is allowed to drop on it repeatedly. The gun will then fire when safety is applied. I had that happen when the gun I bought already had a broken safety.
Yup. I don't know about post-war guns, but definitely do NOT use the decocker on a WW2 P.38 without holding the hammer and letting it down slowly.
 

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The post war Safeties and firing pins are a slightly sturdier configuration but I still would not trust them. They are simply a bad design which is really odd considering that the Walther PP and PPK pre dated the P.38 and don't have this problem.
 
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