SOLD FOR: $1,231
Model: PP 3rd Wehrmacht Variation (http://www.tague.at/pistolen/en_index.htm
Serial Number: 220986p
Year of Manufacture: 1941-1942 (http://www.tague.at/pistolen/en_index.htm)
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 Zella-Mehlis (Thur) / Walther’s Patent Cal. 7,65m/m” and “MOD. PP”. The left side of the slide and the left side of the frame are marked with an “Eagle / WaA359” Waffenamt as used at Walther. The right side of the slide below the port opening, the barrel at the port and the front right side of the barrel are marked with an “Eagle / N” proof. The right side of the frame behind the trigger and the right side of the slide in front of the port are marked “220986p”.
Barrel Length: 3 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a low profile blade fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a flat topped “U” groove in the top rear of the slide. The top of the slide has a full length rib which is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black plastic with a Walther Banner Logo at the top of the each grip. on each side. The smooth borders show a few light marks and the bottom edge of the left grip shows light scratches from sanding. The checkering shows light wear. The grip rates in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is blued.
Finish Originality: All 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 45% of its metal finish. The slide shows surface loss with several deep spots of erosion on its sides. The frame shows thinning with a very few spots of very light pinprick surface erosion on the front strap and backstrap. The slide serrations show light wear, the hammer serrations are sharp, the safety serrations show moderate wear and the magazine release checkering shows light wear. The grip screw is sharp but shows surface loss. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a slide mounted de-cocker. The double action trigger pull is smooth and the single action pull is light with just a hint of creep. This pistol was not designed with a magazine disconnect, but the slide does lock back on an empty magazine. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with two 8 round factory magazines and a vintage black leather holster. The magazines have a matte finish on the body and are marked on the left side with the Walther banner logo and “PP 7,75m/m”. The magazine in the pistol is marked on the floorplate with “220986” and shows thinning in the body and floorplate with a small mark near the left rear edge. It is in about Very Good condition. The spare magazine is marked on the floorplate with “220676”. This magazine fits loosely in the butt, and will not lock the slide back when empty. It shows thinning in the finish of the body and the floorplate with a few spots of erosion near the top on the right side. The floorplate shows tiny spots of erosion on its edges and is slightly bent at the front. The magazine is in about Good condition. The body of the holster is made from a single piece of leather with the front folded over and sewn along the rear edge and the back folded over to form the top flap. There is a 2nd piece of leather sewn to the back of the holster that is folded over the rear edge to form a flap that protects the trigger guard. The flap has a short strap sewn to it attaches to a steel stud on the top flap. There is a spare magazine pouch sewn to the outside face of the holster and a single wide belt loop sewn to the back of the holster. The inside of the holster is marked with 3 lines of black ink, but we can’t make out the markings. The holster shows a spot of finish loss on the back side at the muzzle and front edge of the top flap shows a small tear and light abrasions. There is also a spot of abrasion near the rear edge of the top flap and several tiny surface cracks from age at the fold. The leather is still supple and the stitching is all intact. Overall, the holster is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The PP stood for “Polizei Pistole” and was used by the German uniformed police. During WWII, PP’s were manufactured for use by officers of the Wehrmacht as well as by members of the SA. This pistol was made in either 1941 or 1942 with “Eagle / WaA359” Waffenamts indicating acceptance by the Wehrmacht. It is in about Good condition with 45% of its original finish remaining. The slide shows surface loss with several deep spots of erosion on its sides. The frame shows thinning with a very few spots of light pinprick surface erosion on the front strap and backstrap. The grips are checkered black plastic that show light wear in the checkering. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The serial numbers on the slide, frame and the magazine in the pistol are all matching. A vintage black leather flap holster and a spare magazine (not serialized to the gun) complete the package. This package is a nice find for collectors of German WWII weaponry. It’s not very often that we find a Walther PP with an original finish with all the numbers matching, and although we can’t make out the markings on the holster, someone with a better knowledge of German leather work can probably identify its vintage exactly.
SOLD FOR: $1,231