SOLD FOR: $1101
Serial Number: 024730
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (IC date code)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Double Action/Single Action Semi-Auto with 8-Round Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “024730”, with the Walther “Banner” logo, “P5”, and “Carl Walther / Waffenfabrik Ulm/Do.”. The left side of the frame is marked “024730”. The right side of the slide is marked with an “eagle / N” Nitro proof. The front underside of the barrel is marked with the Walther “Banner” logo, “9mmx19” and “24730”. The right side of the frame is marked with a Nitro proof, the Ulm proof and the date code “IC”. The trigger guard is marked “EMF S.A., CA”.
Barrel Length: 3 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot on the rear face. The rear sight has a square notched flat top with a white square aim guide that is dovetailed into the slide. It is also adjustable for windage via an adjustment screw. The top of the slide is serrated with a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are black stippled rubber Hogue panels that envelop the back strap. The front strap is serrated. There are some minor rubs on the smooth borders. The stippling is strong and uninterrupted. There are no rips or tears. The grips rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued Steel Slide and Black Gloss Finish on the Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is light thinning on the leading edges. There are infrequently dispersed little nicks and scratches throughout the surfaces with some of the more notable on the polished sides of the frame. The right side polished flat of the slide has what appears to be tiny spots of interrupted finish. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: This handgun has a de-cocker that also functions as a slide release. The action functions correctly. 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 handgun comes with its serial matching original box, one 8-round magazine, and paperwork including the manual and test target.
Our Assessment: The Walther P5 is a 9mm semi-automatic pistol developed in the mid-1970s with the German police forces in mind, who sought to replace existing 7.65mm pistols with a modern service sidearm incorporating enhanced safety features and chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum. A subsequent bid resulted in the Walther P5 being introduced into service alongside the SIG-Sauer P225 (designated P6 within the West German Federal Police) and the Heckler & Koch P7. The P5 proved to be an accurate and reliable pistol once it was accepted by the police. It was adopted by uniformed officers of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate’s State Police – these pistols were marked ‘BMI’ for the Bundesministerium des Innern – the Federal Ministry of the Interior. This pistol dates from 1982 and is in about Fine condition with a great bore and very smooth mechanics. It comes with an original serial matching box and one 8-round magazine. This piece would make an excellent addition to your Walther collection. Please see our photos and good luck!