SOLD FOR: $2530
Serial Number: 414896K
Year of Manufacture: 1944 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 next to “Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thur.) / Walther’s Patent Cal. 7,65 m/m” and “Mod.PPK”. The right side of the frame behind the trigger and the right side of the slide are marked “414896 K”. The right side of the chamber, barrel, and slide are marked with a “Eagle / N” proof.
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 two-piece grip is black checkered plastic that encloses the backstrap. There are several scratches and tiny nicks throughout the smooth borders. The checkering is generally sharp with a few minor interruptions on either side. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some light fouling in the grooves but no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9/10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 94% of its metal finish. The frame shows an ever so slight plum hue and there are some scattered superficial markings throughout the slide. There is light holster wear at the front edges of the slide. There are a few faint patches of oxidation on the front strap. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger pull is a little stiff and the single action pull is crisp. The safety also acts as 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 two 7-round magazines and a brown leather holster.
Our Assessment: Walther’s original factory was located in Zella-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 wartime commercial Walther Model PPK made in 1944, near the end of WWII, at the factory in Thuringia. It is in Fine condition with 94% original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. Walther’s are known for their reliability, and this should give someone decades of shooting fun. That said, they are also collectible. This example seems to have seen some rugged use during its lifetime. Please see our photos and good luck!