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Old February 21, 2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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P38 questions

I recently received a P38 pistol (in its original holster and with both of its original magazines - I assume they are that is). It took some investigation, but I'm darn sure it's a 1942 manufacture from the spreewerk factory .... At least that's the date stamped on the holster. It seems to be in very good shape, although the holster is a bit moldy or the like.

I'm wondering if I can shoot some normal (today's normal) 9mm ammo out of it or do I need to try for special ammo.
I'd also love to know about what it's worth, just for curiosities sake!

I wish I knew the real story with this gun, it also came with an SS dagger, and a bayonet for a US M1 carbine. I think I have some history here that's all connected, but we'll never know the real story there.
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Old February 21, 2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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I'll add some pics tomorrow or the next day, too late in the day now though.
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Old February 21, 2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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Any standard 9mm Luger round should be fine. I would avoid the super hot rounds now around; the gun will not blow up, but WWII P.38's are becoming quite valuable and there is no point in taking chances with a gun made 70 years ago under wartime conditions.

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Old February 22, 2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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Your P38 should have a date and factory code marked on the slide ("cyq 42", in the case of a 1942 pistol produced at Spreewerke).
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Old February 22, 2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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Spreewerk (cyq) did not date their pistols.

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