SOLD FOR: $1350
Serial Number: 298626K
Year of Manufacture: 1940 C&R
Caliber: .32 A.C.P. (7.65mm Browning)
Action Type: Single or Double Action Semi-Auto with 7-Round Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther “Banner” logo, “Waffenfabrik Walther, Zehla-Mehlis (Thur) / Walther’s Patent Cal 7.65 m/m” and “Mod. PPK”. The right side of the frame behind the trigger is marked “298626 K”. The right side of the chamber and barrel are marked with a “crown / N” proof. The right side of the slide is marked with a “crown / N” proof and the serial number. The left inner portion of the slide is marked “626”.
Barrel Length: 3 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a low profile blade integral to the slide. The rear sight is a “U” notch integral to the slide. The top of the slide has wavy serrations to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece grip is brown checkered plastic that encloses the backstrap. There is a crack in the middle of the checkering on the right side. There is a crack in the top of the back strap. There is a small crack around the grip screw on either side. There are other light marks on the smooth borders. The checkering is generally sharp aside from the interruptions. There are no chips. The grips rate in about Good overall condition and would rate higher if not for the cracks.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are a few minor spots of erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 70% of its metal finish. There is thinning at the leading edges. There is scattered surface oxidation throughout with the most notable on the front strap and throughout the frame. There are light nicks and scratches throughout. The action shows standard operational wear. The screw head is lightly tool marked. The markings are legible. Overall, this pistol is in about Good-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger pull is a little stiff and the single action pull is crisp. This pistol has a decocker. We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one 7-round magazine and a photocopied reference to a certificate of capture that is dated June 1945.
Our Assessment: Walther’s original factory was located in a-Mehlis in the “Land” (state) of Thuringia. As that part of Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union following World War II, Walther fled to West Germany, where they established a new factory in Ulm. This is a .32 caliber Walther Model PPK made in 1940, near the beginning of WWII, at the factory in Thuringia. It is in Good-Very Good condition with roughly 70% original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and just a few faint spots of erosion. Walther’s are known for their reliability, and this should give someone decades of shooting fun. That said, they are also collectible. This example is in high condition and would be a great addition to a Walther collection. Please see our photos and good luck!