View Full Version : Value of WWII P38 Refinish?

04-06-2012, 7:26 PM
Inherited this thing years ago. For some reason gramps thought everything should have a high polish blue finish. It's numbers matching, nice rifling, bore, crown, and shoots fine. It just has this super gleam finish, and the markings on the slide are a little soft from the polish and refinish. Obviously the collectors value is destroyed. Does anyone have any idea what a shooter P38 goes for?

04-06-2012, 7:31 PM
P1s are around 300 so no less than that. RC P38s can run up to 600. Id wager that it's in the 400 range.

04-06-2012, 7:32 PM
I think you should hang onto it. Or you will always be 'that guy' who sold grandpa's gun

04-06-2012, 7:41 PM
I have a ton of grampas crap, so I'm not attached to this. I am thinking of selling it, just wanted to see what a fair asking price was before I decide whether or not to post it up in the for sale forum.

04-06-2012, 7:43 PM
Ya... I still have my fathers Walther P-38. He traded for two packs of
cigarettes on way home from WWII on The Queen Mary II.

Was the first handgun I ever fired. I was 8 years old... 1964.

It's not for sale [period].

04-06-2012, 7:46 PM
If you have too much of Grandpas crap maybe you should give it all to someone in the family who will appreciate it.

04-06-2012, 8:56 PM
If you have too much of Grandpas crap maybe you should give it all to someone in the family who will appreciate it

It aint like that. My grandfather was a borderline hoarder, he did not have trash, but bought everything and anything. My kids have laid claim to what they want, and I already gave my nephew a few things he wanted. Don't know about you, but there are only so many things that you can hold on to for memories. He had a silver peace dollar that he always carried and would take out of his pocket and rub kind of like a stress ball. That's something I would not sell. But the majority was things he just bought and piled up never to be used again. I have plenty to remember the man by. I have photos of him and his family at Ellis Island when they got off the boat from Scotland.

04-06-2012, 9:31 PM
does the gun have any import markings???? bring back papers??? or are all markings nazi???

is it a post war gun???

alot of question you need to get answered before putting a value on it.

i have my dad's p-38,it is ww2 issued and nazi stamped with a original finish and no import marks,no papers.story behind it is like most...--some g.i. stuffed it in his bag and came home---...like 100,000's of g.i.'s did. a gun shop i no longer trust do to bad business practices tried to say it was worth $800,so i figure $900 as they wanted to buy it. would i sell it??? never as it was dad's gun and will now become my son's gun.

04-06-2012, 9:35 PM
thing looks horrible should sell it to me? lol...

04-06-2012, 10:05 PM
No import marks that I can see, AC43, all nazi markings, no papers, was in this holster when I got it.

04-06-2012, 11:21 PM
Actually, $800-900 is probably right for an unmolested GI bringback P38.

One with an altered finish- reblued, and BUFFED, probably no more than $400-450 as a shooter.

If your grandpa did the work himself, I'd keep it. If he had a shop reblue it, I'd sell it. You will get more money parting out that holster- it's probably worth more than 1/2 the value of the gun to a collector.


04-06-2012, 11:43 PM
I`d put it at about 450. The holster itself is at least $100 if nothing was done to it. Together i would ask $500

04-07-2012, 7:15 AM
I would go with $450 for the gun. It has no value for the collector but is a nice solid shooter. The holster will bring around $180-200 it is in real good shape.


04-07-2012, 7:43 AM
Thanks for the info guys.