9mm semi-auto handgun
-factory case, manual, factory test target
-two factory 8-round magazine
The date code is IG, which means this P5 was manufactured in 1986.
I bought this in 2002, and put about 500 rounds through it until around 2005, when circumstances prevented me from getting to the shooting range as often as I wanted to. Since my range time has become incredibly scarce (and the price of ammo has doubled since then), I spend most of my time shooting either .22 LR or my CCW piece. Although this is one of the best shooting handguns I own, with one of the best double-action triggers I've experienced (definitely better than my SIGs), it has sadly been sitting the safe unused for the past 5 - 6 years. UPDATE: I did take it out last month, and put about 25 rounds through it.
If I wasn't already heavily invested in holsters and magazines for my Glock and 1911 at the time I bought this, the Walther P5 probably would have ended up as my CCW piece. If I had a wife or girlfriend (or one of each!) who was a new shooter looking at a handgun for self-defense, the Walther P5 would be one of the first handguns I'd have her try. (I used to preach the Glock to newbies, but discovered that enough new shooters are sensitive to the recoil of a light-weight plastic gun).
The only caveat with this gun is that I've found only one source of magazines, and they're not cheap unless you buy in bulk.
New magazines are $89.00 each at Earl's Repair Service, with used magazines being $25 each (for 10 ea.) to $35 each (for 5 ea.) to $45 each (for 1 ea.). If this is going to be a handgun for "serious social work," be prepared to spend an additional $175 to $250 to have enough magazines on hand, especially if you're shooting competitive matches or going to one of those expensive shooting schools. Otherwise, your time at the range is going to be spent re-loading magazines rather than shooting.
I've heard rumors of people modifying Walther P-38 and P-1 magazines, which are cheap and plentiful, to work in the Walther P5, but do not have any source or confirmation.
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