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Old February 18, 2012, 02:34 PM   #13
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I cannot tell from the photograph, but is the cyq's slide lever smooth on the thumb surface?

That is a very nicely finished cyq for so late in the war. Most are much rougher than this with very thin finish.
Every P38 that I've owned had a smooth slide lever although I've yet to get a Mauser made P38.

They are both pretty nicely finished for being so late in the war. The V block gun is a Oct 1944 (fairly late war) and the E block with the red mottled grips is July 1943 which I don't really consider late war.

Here is a rougher finished P38 that I had, b block - April 1943. Note the rough machining and lack of polishing on the slide.

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