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Old May 3, 2013, 07:26 PM   #15
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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German senior officers usually bought their own pistols, and could carry about anything that was on the market. Lower ranks, NCO's and others who carried pistols took what they were issued.

Obviously I never ran a survey of preferences, but a few German vets I did know had a sentimental attachment to the P.08, almost a symbol of Germany, but preferred the P.38 for practical reasons, much the same as American troops today sometimes express nostalgia for the "45" but have no problems with carrying and using the M9A1.

Some of the HP models made during the war were sold to servicemen who wanted a gun that would be supported by unit armorers yet would be private property and could be retained after final victory - a victory that never came, of course.

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