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I found this at a gun shop today.

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Right off I knew what it was....A Mauser (svw) P-38 made for the French......And a early one at that judging by the g-block serial suffix and late war Type I Polyamid grips. It even had a WW-2 era waffenamped mag in it.

It also included the Interarms box and a new W. German P-38/P1 holster with a 5/58 marked mag in it.....$450.00 later it was mine. ;)

There were lots of waffenamped parts as well as star marked parts.....Interarms cleverly acid etched the import mark under the lip of the slide.....From what I understand the ATF was not pleased but....Oh well. ;)

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Also included was a operator's manual and a brief history sheet that's kinda-sorta accurate.

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Very nice and great price
Isre ----- I have a svw 45 P.38 that I picked up at a local gun store a few years ago. It has all matching serial numbers but had been chrome plated many years ago and the plating was peeling off in a few places. The barrel is mirror bright and it shot to point of aim at about 20 yds. I didn't like the peeled plating and had it re-finished in blue and parkerized dual tone. After having it re-finished I saw a French star on the right side of the slide. The P.38 is now one of my favorite shooters. Below are some photo's of this piece.

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Isre ----- I have a svw 45 P.38 that I picked up at a local gun store a few years ago. It has all matching serial numbers but had been chrome plated many years ago and the plating was peeling off in a few places. The barrel is mirror bright and it shot to point of aim at about 20 yds. I didn't like the peeled plating and had it re-finished in blue and parkerized dual tone. After having it re-finished I saw a French star on the right side of the slide. The P.38 is now one of my favorite shooters. Below are some photo's of this piece.
LOL....Years ago I bought two of them from a pawn shop that had consecutive serial numbers in the h block but one of them had been buffed no-end and nickel-plated. Even the steel grips were plated. I swear the plating looked like it was put on with a spoon. Hideous.
1srel ------ Thanks for looking and your comment. The plating that was on my P.38 must have been applied by the GI who brought it back after the war. I know the piece has no collector value and I didn't pick it up for that purpose. I had examples of every other code (ac, byf, cyq) with original holsters but no svw 45 example. When I saw the plated one (svw 45) in the local guns store for $400 I had to have it. Everything was correct on it except for the plating, that I didn't like. So after shooting it and playing with it for a year or two I decided to have it refinished to what it must have looked like back in 1945. It came with a soft shell P.38 holster that had no stamp marks on the back but had the name "PFC Hernandez" in ink on the inside of the flap. I now have examples of all the P.38 codes and I'm happy with it.
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Major score on your Frenchie ! Super price.
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