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Old 06-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Just a few days before Easter, a DPD (local FedEx) guy came with a nice parcel from Germany.

Found that when I opened it:

Walther P5 Compact, NIB, with all the gimmicks...

Number is 1505xx, so a very early gun (1988). With the mag catch at bottom of the grip.

That's what I call "bone dry" and unshot.

The P5 Compact is some sort of Holy Grail for me. I had one in the past - a latter model with the normal mag catch and plastic grips - but had to sold it in bad times.

When I came to better fortune, I bought back some of the pieces. The guy who had some, sold me back a S&W M19 2,5" for example, but kept the P5 Compact. It was strictly his right and I don't have a problem with that.

Latter, I began to seriously look after another P5 Compact. The one and only I ever saw was a NIB late model similar to the one I had. It was very expansive - about 1500 francs - and I had just bought a normal NIB P5 for a respectable price. So I had to let this one...

A few monthes ago, as I was browsing on the net after the purchase of a ex-Bundeswehr P1, I finally found one by a dealer in Germany. I had been previously reluctant to go for the harassing procedure of import but this time I didn't wait for a second. The dealer mailed me back that he agreed with an export to Switzerland.

The procedure was, to my surprise, very fast. For the swiss licenses to buy and import, I waited 8 days only. But then came the killing in a german high school - I had send the papers and the money the day before! - the dealer told me that all gun licences were frozen sine die in Germany. Strange like some democratic lands violate their abididing citizen's rights... Apparently, the ban finally didn't apply to export - the more guns outside, the safer Germany.

So the whole deal was erledigt (done) in one month!

Now I shot it several times and that's a great gun!!!

P.S.: I didn't report about it earlier cause I was damn' busy!


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Old 06-12-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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Ooooh, very nice!
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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Hello Larry,

Again, I am in awe of your latest Walther and it appears as you state in "perfect condition".

Not knowing what Walthers generally run in Switzerland, I suspect that you did get a very good deal in spite of the importation hassles. I wish Germany would start deciding to send/export a lot of their unwanted guns to this side of the Atlantic.

As I have confided to you in the past, dear friend, I have bought/sold and then re bought the same model/caliber handgun again over the years at a higher price. Now, I have my list of "never to be sold or traded".

Larry, you have an exceptional prize there and I hope that you will favor us with a range report when things get less hectic in your life.

By the way, I am pining away for Switzerland and am saddened that I won't be making the trip this summer as I have started to every two years. Maybe next year.....

Take care,

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Old 06-12-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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That is one fine pistol. I am envious.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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Jealous is an understatement! That's one nice handgun. Congratulations!

On the other hand I have a new SIG 556, so I'm feeling pretty smug myself...

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Old 06-13-2009, 03:21 PM   #6
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An extraordinarily classy pistol, oozing distinction. Congratulations. --c
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:04 AM   #7
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Thanks for the nice words,

I have shot the gun a few times now, about 500 rounds (all FMJs, as HPs are illegal here - Fiocchi, Geco and MagTech) mostly at 10 m. in defense drills: DA single shots, DA/SA doublettes, Mozambique...

No malfunctions. No problem to group in the center of the silhouette but the short radius calls for more attention than say the SIG P228. The short barrel (79 mm) produces some flash and a respectable bang, especially with Fiocchi. Recoil is present too.

The excellent sights (big large front post) are at least equal to SIG's and contribute greatly to accuracy at speed, even if I would have prefered the "i" pattern used on previous Walther (P5 and P1) over the 3 dots. My only real complaint is the trigger travel in DA that is longer than I would have liked: it compares more to the Beretta than to the P228 that is really great in my opinion. Weight is very reasonnable for someone who shoots a lot of DA pistols and revolvers.

The quality of execution, machining, finish and care for details is really up to Walther excellence. The frame, for example, doesn't have the machining marks on the side that you find on P1 and normal P5.

All in all an outstanding piece that I really care, even if the P228 is probably more efficient in defensive shootings, due to its outstanding trigger.



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Old 06-14-2009, 05:02 PM   #8
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Howdy Mr. Larry,

Congrats sir, as you obviously have one that is both pleasing in appearance and in use. There is a lot to be said for that combination to me.

Enjoy her sir, she does appear to be a real keeper.

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