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 Walther P38 and P1 Interchangeably?
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hermiem
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Posted - 12/03/2017 :  01:38:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wanted to know if the P38 steel frame can replace the P1's aluminium one? Also, can the receiver parts be interchanged? I've been trying to find P38 steel lowers but haven't had much luck. Anybody know where I possibly could locate one?

TIAFYC

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nmyers
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Posted - 12/03/2017 :  08:07:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, you should be able to put a P1 slide on a P38 frame, & it will function well.

Most small parts on the frame will interchange, but not all. Certainly not the hex nut in late P1 frames. Although we have no statistics, some early P1 frames cracked, due to poor metallurgy (&, possibly, more powerful European 9mm ammo). Walther fixed the problem by embedding a hardened steel hex nut in the frame of later P1's. That probably explains why you can buy all the P1 slides you could want for $25.

All steel P38 frames were German wartime production, with all other parts made from steel. It's pretty uncommon for one of them to fail, so I wouldn't expect to see steel lowers offered for sale.

Neal
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hermiem
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Posted - 12/04/2017 :  12:18:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neil,

Thanks for the info. Do you have any idea where I can purchase a P38 lower?

Mike

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Originally posted by nmyers

Yes, you should be able to put a P1 slide on a P38 frame, & it will function well.

Most small parts on the frame will interchange, but not all. Certainly not the hex nut in late P1 frames. Although we have no statistics, some early P1 frames cracked, due to poor metallurgy (&, possibly, more powerful European 9mm ammo). Walther fixed the problem by embedding a hardened steel hex nut in the frame of later P1's. That probably explains why you can buy all the P1 slides you could want for $25.

All steel P38 frames were German wartime production, with all other parts made from steel. It's pretty uncommon for one of them to fail, so I wouldn't expect to see steel lowers offered for sale.

Neal


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