SOLD FOR: $4,025.00
Make: This pistol was manufactured under license to Walther by Interarms of Virginia
Model: PPK/S Limited Collector Series
Serial Number: C215 (of 500)
Year of Manufacture: circa 1987 (Blue Book of Gun Values gives this as the last date of manufacture.)
Caliber: .380 A.C.P. (9mm Kurz)
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 over “MADE IN U.S.A.”, and “UNDER LICENSE OF / CARL WALTHER WAFFENFABRIK ULM/DO. / Modell PPK/S Cal. 9mm kurz/.380ACP”. The right side of the slide is marked with “Interarms / Alexandria, Virginia”. The right side of the frame behind the trigger is marked “C215”. The right side of the barrel at the port is marked “VA” in a box. The gun is elaborately engraved with a floral motif: please see our pictures!
Barrel Length: 3 ¼”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a low-profile blade with a white dot in its rear face that is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with a square white dot below the notch, and is dovetailed into the slide. The top of the slide is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are laminated rosewood with a slight thumbrest in each grip and marked with a Walther “Banner” logo across the tops of the grips. Below the thumbrests, the grips are elaborately engraved in floral patterns. There are no handling marks in the grips. The grips fit the grip frame well. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is gold plated.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There is no evidence in the bore or on the breechface that this pistol has ever been fired outside the factory.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99+% of its metal finish. The only marks we could find were some light tool marks under the finish around the hammer pin on the right side of the frame that is normally covered by the grip. The grip screw is sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Mint condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger pull is a little stiff and the single action pull has a small amount of creep. This pistol has a decocker. 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: This pistol comes with two 7 round gold-plated magazines, a leather covered presentation case and paperwork. The left sides of the magazines are marked with a Walther Banner logo and “Cal. 380 ACP” and on the right sides with a Walther Banner logo and “Cal. 9mm kurz”. One of the magazines has a black plastic finger extension floorplate and the other magazine has a gold plated flat floorplate. They are both in Excellent condition. The case is marked on the lid with a Walther banner logo in gold, and the back side of the bottom section is marked “GENUINE LEATHER”. The inside of the lid has a brass colored plaque marked with an Interarms logo and “PPKS AMERICAN / Limited Collector’s Series / Number / C215 of 500”. The outside of the case is covered in dark brown leather with dark felt covering its bottom surface, and the inside is lined with dark blue velvet, with the bottom of the case fitted for this pistol and a spare magazine. The outside of the case shows a few light handling marks with a scratch on the front lower front face. The inside of the case shows light wear on the edges of the lining. The case is in about Fine condition. The paperwork is a proclamation by Interarms that this pistol is hand engraved, gold plated and produced as a limited run of 500 PPK/S pistols to honor their association with Walther and the birth of their new production facilities.
Our Assessment: Because of the Gun Control Act of 1968, importation of the Walther PPK was disallowed, and Walther enlarged the pistol to the PPK/S model to get around the restrictions. The PPK/S was made by Walter in the 70’s and then by license to Walter by Interarms in the 1980’s and 90’s, and later by Smith & Wesson. This is a beautiful hand engraved and gold plated PPK/S American made by Interarms under license to Walther. It was made to commemorate Interarms’ long association with Walther and the birth of their new production facilities used to manufacture the PPK/S pistols here in America. This pistol comes with a leather covered presentation case and two gold plated magazines and appears unfired since it left the factory. The grips are beautiful carved laminated rosewood. This is a beautiful pistol that anyone with an appreciation for fine weapons will want to add to their collection.