SOLD FOR: $1502
Model: Olympia Pistole
Serial Number: 0-5423
Year of Manufacture: 1950s
Caliber: .22 L.R.
Action Type: Single Action, Internal Hammer, Semi-Automatic Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “LENZBURG HAMMERLI WALTHER SWITZERLAND” and “Olympia-Pistole”. The inner flat left side of the slide is marked “5423”. The right side of the slide and frame is marked “0-5423”. The bottom of the frame and slide is marked “5421”. The right side of the slide is marked “CAL.22 long rifle”. The bottom of the barrel and the front and the bottom of the muzzle are marked “18”. The bottom of the trigger guard is hand etched “7118”.
Barrel Length: 9.25”. The bottom of the barrel is slotted to accept weights and there are two drilled and tapped holes on the bottom of the frame, also for accepting weights. None are included.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a downward sloping blade that is screw-secured to a slot in the top of the barrel. The rear sight is square notch that is adjustable for windage and dovetailed to the rear of the slide. The top of the slide is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood that envelop the back strap. There is a thumb shelf on the left panel panel for right handed shooters. The smooth portions show some light draglines and minor nicks, more so on the right panel. There is a tiny nick on the bottom edge of the left panel. The checkering is sharp and deep. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Very Good-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 93% of its metal finish. There are some light nicks and faint scratches about the barrel and on the right side of the frame. There are also a few spots of faint pitting along the right side leading edges of the frame. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included with this gun is a total of one 10-round magazine.
Our Assessment: On display is a Hammerli-Walther Olymnpia Pistole. The Walther Olympia pistol was made until 1944 when German industry was no longer able to keep up with producing pistols for sporting purposes. After the war the Walther Olympia was brought back into production by Swiss company Hammerli who made it as the Hammerli-Walther during the early 1950’s. The later pistols differ from the earlier ones in having a flat sided barrel and different mountings for barrel weights. The Hammerli made pistols can also be found fitted with a muzzle-brake, as is found here. This example sports a 9.25” barrel and is slotted for barrel weights (none included). It retains about 93% original finish, rating in about Fine condition. This would be a great piece for a Walther collection. Please see our photos and good luck!