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Walther LG51, What do I have??

April 29 2012 at 10:33 AM
Steve D  (Login sd5782)

Well we have here another purchase from the Findlay show. An LG51. I am learning, and have done searches here and on the net in general. Serial number on barrel is 219XXX. This is a much later number than other 51s I see posted. Walther markings on receiver are not oriented in the same direction as other pictures I see. I guess I need educated.

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It seems to be in very nice shape except for a spot on the top of breech block, and unfortunately the front sight looks to have been repaired, and doesn't appear to have the correct hood.

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It didn't appear to have been shot much, and the stock had only a few minor marks. I ran it over the crono and got 616fps with JSB RS7.3, and 585 with the 7.9 Express. This seems about right. After all the searching, I saw many posts about bad plastic piston seals. I have had first hand experience with this on an FWB124, so I knew it was probably best to look inside before I damaged the stud on the piston. Surprise to me , a leather seal in near perfect condition. Pics show with some silicone oil I was soaking into the leather. Insides of gun look nearly new.

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There is a bit of scuffing on the piston, so I am going to put on some JM buttons, and use some JM lubes. The spring looks like new, so going back in. I need a bit of advice on the crinkled finish on the stock, and how to dress up a bit.

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So what do I have? Perhaps a 51 from the early 60's from the serial number?
Thanks for any help.

 
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