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Walther LP53

Postby Appinpar68 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:11 pm

Been after one of these for ages, but could only find poor examples without the Cocking unit - however managed to find this one which should be on route to me shortly.

It is a 1972 model which looks in good condition complete with cocking unit and barrel brush

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Postby Ian » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:15 pm

Looks like a good one


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Postby zunmik » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:16 pm

Looks in great condition enjoy, M. :)
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Postby pmh » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:56 pm

Looks very nice, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Don't examine it too closely when you get it, as it is 40 years old and will have some signs of use.

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Postby gingernut » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:01 pm

Be careful with the barrel paint as it will rub off easily especially with the old oily rag.
It doesn't need an oily rag as the barrel is alloy. It won't rust.
Also make sure the foresight screw is tight or it will fall out.

They are quality pistols that are good to shoot and nice to own.
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Postby Tank » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:19 pm

I have one that I bought some time ago but with a HW35 rear sight as the original rear sight was broken/lost/damaged back in the mists of time. This turns out to have been a common practice - so it follows it was an issue with the sight I would suggest.
I obtained a new spring set and seals from John Knibbs (but I am still waiting for a new Piston Seal to come back into stock) then cleaned the gun and replaced the parts I had. A very unusual gun to fire but one that I do enjoy the quirkiness of.
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Postby Tank » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:26 pm

Well, I spoke too soon. I was shooting a Vintage Airgun competition yesterday using the LP53 and just at the end of one of the scorecards the rear sight fell off! This is the second time this has happened to me, the first time I thought maybe the seller hadn't told me something or there was maybe a fracture or the installer had made a mistake. Whatever, it turns out that the recoil from the shot causes the very rearward underside of the sight to come down sharply into contact with the breech. The result is that the aluminium casting of the rear sight blade holder ( I will take a photograph, honest) fractures and the rear blade just falls apart!
Fortunately I have several spares but i am not going to just stick another one on to be destroyed in the same way, I need to come up with a suitable modification.
I will keep you updated. Expect a long journey :oops:
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Postby zooma » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:13 pm

I am planning to make a small run of the LP53 spring steel rear sight base/holder.

I have to cost it all out to see what the price will be  - but if there is any interest, please let me know as the more I can cut/shape/temper and black at a time, the more it will reduce the cost of them.

The smaller the number - the greater the cost per piece will be.

This part always fails, and there seems to be none available from anywhere, so I am hoping there is a demand for them so I can make them for a reasonable price.

The next step will be to CNC cut, polish and anodise a rear sight block to fit it as I understand some of these have been lost over the years as well....and they will make a good upgrade for the Predom as too!
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Postby zooma » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:26 pm

Do we have any LP53 enthusiasts who can tell me why some LP53 pistols have such a strong first stage travel spring resistance......and what can be done to make it softer and nicer to shoot like the majority of LP53 pistols that have a nice soft first travel spring feel ?
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Postby pmh » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:32 pm

Sounds like a question LeonardJ should be able to shed some light on.

Let's hope he pops along soon.

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