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Old March 30, 2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Pre-WWII Femaru 380???

I'm investigating buying one of these in not so great shape for $225

all it needs is some TLC and a slide catch. its got aftermarket pearl grips and its got the nice patina on it. otherwise, fully functional. I've fired it and its NICE! comes with ORIGINAL MAGAZINE!!!

good deal or a crock?
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Old March 31, 2009, 01:36 AM   #2
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I inherited one of those little m-37's myself, and shot it a bit before the price of .380 got to me- the weapon is nicely robust, and always felt good in my hand, BUT I will warn you of one point- Aftermarket Mags are HORRIBLE- I tried three different ones and NONE worked, all had to be "finagled with" to even fit- the factory mags are a dream, but last time I checked they were at least $60 bucks each IF you can find em..... but as far as it being a nice little weapon, I got no complaints.... might try to talk em down to 200 if its not in great shape though....
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Old March 31, 2009, 07:21 AM   #3
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Patinated, eh? Might be worth the money but finding a part like the slide release may be expensive venture. Tell me about finding old gun parts. I just bought a postwar French .32 pistol. Looked great. Finish good, bore not pitted, I get it home, it will not extract rounds. Tip of the extractor is chipped off clean. Now do you think I am gonna find another extractor? Probably will have to be made from scratch. At least I got the original as a pattern. Unless I set down and make one from a piece of steel with a file, I would have to pay a machinist to make it. How much does that add to the bargain cost? See, even I can get screwed making impulse buys on old guns. At least if I had bought a PPk or something like that, I could probably find an extractor easily. There were tons of these guns made, they are not as old as your Femaru and were made quite late postwar. BUt do you think I can find any parts online or even an exploded view? Buying things like that can burn you unless you know that you can get it fixed, assuming you know the problem before purchase.
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Old March 31, 2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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This is my Dad’s he bought it because it is Hungarian and he is Hungarian. I shot it I think once, they are nice guns and are getting rare. I think I did have some issues with the magazines feeding not right. Seemed the last round did not chamber right. I could be wrong, it has been a long time since I fired it.

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Old March 31, 2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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Femaru 37

I have seen these go routinely in the $300-325 price range in very good condition. Believe me, if you need any parts or a magazine, you would be much better waiting for another to come along.

I have one, and it is a real good shooter, and very well made.
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Old March 31, 2009, 10:03 AM   #6
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Well, I've found the slide catch and it was $12. other than that, it might need grips and a good cleaning.
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Old March 31, 2009, 10:06 AM   #7
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Would be a nice collector piece, bonus you can shoot it. I wouldnt be hosing thousands of rounds thru it tho, if something big breaks, I dare say it would be hard to find spares for it ($$ too) Would be nice if you have the $ to spare

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Old March 31, 2009, 12:23 PM   #8
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I wouldn't worry about shooting one of those M37's, they are pretty rugged pistols. IMHO, the ones made for the Germans in .32 ACP (7.65mm) are a tad more reliable than the Hungarian ones in 9mm Short (.380 ACP). Calibers, by the way, can be changed with only a barrel change; everything else works with both calibers.

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