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I want one of those P-38Ks so badly.


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Retro moviestar looks. Very cool.
 
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Robert Culp carried a P38K on 'I Spy'. How rare are those?


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That's a nice looking pistol. Gots a little wear in all the right places. I should have picked one up years ago when I had the chance. I never realized Beretta had the same type of locking system.

Are the DA triggers as bad as everyone says?
 
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Originally posted by mr kablammo:
Robert Culp carried a P38K on 'I Spy'. How rare are those?
Relatively speaking, P38-Ks are quite scarce, with a total production of just over 2600 pistols from 1973 to 1981. However, Robert Culp didn't carry a P38-K, despite what IMFDB says. Culp carried a shortened P38, and that's what's pictured on their site.

That TV series ended five years before the very first pre-production P38-Ks were produced. I've never seen an actual P38-K in any film or TV show.


These are P38-Ks



Solid top slide, no firing pin cover. Bobbed hammer. No manual safety. Instead, the pistol has a decocker. The common assumption is the P38-K was derived from the P4, but, chronologically, the P38-K appeared before the P4, so its actually the other way around. For the German Police Pistol Trials, Walther lengthened the barrel of the P38-K and moved the front sight from the slide bridge to the barrel. The P38-K has a rear sight capable of windage adjustments via a pair of Allen screws. The P4 rear sight is windage-adjustable (unlike the P38 rear sight, which is not windage-adjustable) but adjustments are made by drifting the entire rear sight in the dovetail. Other than these things and the slide markings, the P4 and P38-K are identical

And yes, those are my pistols. Like many low-production postwar Walther pistols, prices for the P38-K have gone into the stratosphere. The same is true for the P5 Compact.

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Beautiful Para. Always thought the P38 series of pistols had one of the most comfortable grip shapes of any single stack.

I bet carrying the P38-K is nice and the weight distribution for shooting looks ideal.
 
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Are the DA triggers as bad as everyone says?

Yes.


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OTOH, the single action pull is excellent, with the shortest of resets.
 
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The single action pull is quite nice. It’s a bit of a startling contrast between the two, but I chalk it up to kind of the standard German approach to double action triggers. I don’t believe I thought to check the reset on mine, as I still haven’t shot it yet, but I will in a minute when I take some pics.


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Another noteworthy difference is the omission of the chamber-loaded indicator.

That's an interesting point about the P38-K preceding the P4. I also always thought it was the other way around.

From what I understand, the decocking lever as used on both of these pistols was first developed by Walther and implemented on their PP Super chambered for 9x18 Police.
 
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