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1945 P38 AC45 4753b
Old 01-13-2019, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default 1945 P38 AC45 4753b

I've owned this for a while. I don't think that I have posted it earlier. The batch number dates it to the first half of March, 1945, if I remember correctly. Probably picked up by a GI when the Walther factory was overrun in April 1945.

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Old 01-13-2019, 09:47 PM   #3
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On April 3rd 1945 elements of the 90th US Army Infantry and 11th Armored divisions, captured the Walther factory at Zella-Mehlis, Germany. This was one of the last ones assembled before the factory was captured.


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Old 01-15-2019, 11:45 AM   #4
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Very nice and interesting piece there, looks like it was a factory pick up, never fired condition.
Wish I could step back in time and snag a few for myself.
Well, those guys sure earned them.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:39 PM   #5
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Yours looks like it has all the proper stamps on it. It wa in the c block ac45 pistols when the mis matched pistols began.
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:15 PM   #6
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Vry nice late war P-38.
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:08 PM   #7
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You got to love the cog hammer and small grey finished parts.
Congratulations!
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:13 PM   #8
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Value well over $1000.00
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:58 PM   #9
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Lovely pistol. Very nice specimen.

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Old 08-07-2019, 02:35 PM   #10
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Can anyone tell me the value, please?


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Old 08-07-2019, 03:15 PM   #11
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Like the cog hammer and parkerized takedown lever. It's a very atypical '45 and if it were mine, I'd be pricing it between $1,300 and $1,500. Mixed parkerized parts considerably enhance value. Even the mag is right for the date. Good luck with it!
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:32 PM   #12
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Gents,
Hate to disagree, but I think you're a little high on the value end. Very, very nice pistol to be sure, but I think it's closer to the $950-1000 range. It's like everything else...to the right person, it it an $1100, 1200, 1300 pistol. But to put it out there and have it sell within a 30 day window, I'd stick with my estimate. There are thousands of ac'45 pistols roaming around that came home with GI's. In fact, there are at least 6-7 of them on GB right now. Most of them remain on there for lengthy periods of time because they ask too much money for them, like most other P.38's. In fact, there are two NLS blocks, an a, b, c block and factory mismatch on there right now.
Now, if it were a Zero series ac'45 or an all d block mismatch, or serial number 1 or 1a or 1b or serial number 10000, 10000a or 10000b, that's a little different territory. Also, if this pistol were in Europe, it would command a much higher price. We completely emptied the factory when we left. That's why there are no ac'45's in Europe for sale.

Now...have you taken the grips off to see if they are Durofol? Up the value by a couple of hundred bux for that..
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Marketing strategies of GB are an entirely different topic. Many sellers do indeed start at full retail which doesn't interest buyers such as myself unless it's a must-have to fill a spot in a collection. Also, sellers with well established reputations will almost always attract bids that those less well known can only dream about. I peruse it regularly and occasionally the element of luck is on my side and I manage to find a bargain. With P.38's produced in 1945, some are fairly common (such as no letter block) while others are not, particularly those with any phosphated small parts. For example, my last matching "A" block sold in the price range we're discussing. A matching "C" would bring even more. At any rate, prices on these are all over the place but even at small shows, common '43 and '44 production pistols seem to move in the upper $900s.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:48 PM   #14
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You're not going to get much nicer than that...could it have gone higher? Sure. To the right buyer.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/825825222
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Did the pistol that began this thread ever sell?
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