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Walther LP2 - early '70s single-stroke target pistol

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by cloverleaf, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. chamonix

    chamonix Newbie

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    Cloverleaf,
    Nice pictures of your LP-2 ! I had previously owned an LP-2 when I was 16 or so, but that was lost after a series of moves. So I always wanted to find another pristine LP-2 or LP-3. I found this LP-3 in the US about 10 years ago from Pilkington Competition, in Tennessee; specialists in airguns. Seals were shot as I found out later, and Pilkington couldn't fix it; they tried. Sometimes the pellet wouldn't exit the barrel..But it was otherwise in beautiful condition, with box, test target and manual.
    I had emailed Laurie A, a bit for advice, and I thought maybe I could send it to him (minus barrel) in the Post. He said it might make it into the UK, but he wouldn't be able to send it back. We even discussed, sending just the piston, for a new seal.
    Finally I decided the only way to fix it, would be to transport it in person, over to the UK. So this May, with the offer to stay with friends in Surbiton, I flew over to London, just to have Laurie A. , the world Expert on these LP-3s, replace the seals. I learned that the problem isn't just the piston seal, but also the exhaust valve seal, which Laurie custom re-builds for each LP-3 . Needless to mention, flying into the UK with a declared Firearm in my checked luggage, caused some excitement, but once UK customs realized it was an airgun, things went better. Laurie was a great help, replacing the seals, then returning it in a day, with spares, at my friends home.
    LP 3 back home.jpg LP-3 after repair 2.jpg

    Now it is not only in pristine condition, but it shoots very well. I took it to the UK without the barrel, but Laurie put another barrel on it for some testing and said it chronos just under 400 now. Lower picture shows the locking case, inside your checked luggage, required for airline travel with a "firearm"..
    Thanks Laurie !
    ps. I still have a tin of those identical RWS pellets , from back when I owned the LP-2
     
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  2. DrGunn

    DrGunn Busy Member

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    I really like the look of these, I’d like to get hold of one one day. The anatomical grip on the LP3 looks like it would make the hold a little easier though. I’ve read that the very vertical grip gives poor wrist lock and is the other main reason the FWB 65 became the more popular gun.
    It’s good to know the UK that’s the expertise to get them back to working at their best.
     
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  3. chamonix

    chamonix Newbie

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    P1070169.JPG I would like to find an anatomical set of wooden grips for my LP-3, as shown in this picture on the manual that came with my LP-3. If anyone has a set of these grips, (right hand) let me know ..:)
    LP 3 on chair.jpg

    I just added a thumbnail pic, showing the original RWS pellets that came with my LP-2, or maybe earlier LP-53? Shown with tins of modern pellets..
     
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