SOLD FOR: $1,607.00
Serial Number: 334289K
Year of Manufacture: 1941
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. PPK”. The left side of the frame behind the trigger is marked with an Eagle holding a Swastika with a “C”, a police acceptance mark. The right side of the slide below the port opening, the barrel at the port opening and the right side of the barrel at the muzzle are marked with a “Eagle / N” commercial nitro proof as used after 1939. The right side of the frame behind the trigger is marked “334289K”.
Barrel Length: 3 5/16”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a low-profile blade fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a “U” groove in a raised boss at 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 grip is a one-piece brown checkered plastic with streaks of black that encloses the backstrap. There is a Walther Banner Logo at the top of the grip on each side. The checkering shows light wear without mars. The smooth borders show light wear in the surface and several spots where the surface layer has chipped off. The grip rates in about Very Good overall 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 75% of its metal finish. There is finish loss on the edges of the slide with thinning on the remainder of the slide and on the edges of the frame. There is a small spot of surface frosting at the front right edge of the slide, and a few small dings in the rear shoulders of the slide on each side. There are also a few very light dings at the top of the front strap, light scratches from aggressive polishing at the right front of the slide, and light handling marks scattered over the slide and frame. The slide serrations show light wear, the hammer serrations are sharp and the safety serrations show moderate wear. The grip screw is sharp. The markings are clear with crisp proof marks. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a slide mounted de-cocker that blocks the hammer. The double action trigger pull is a relatively smooth and the single action pull is crisp. This pistol was not designed with a magazine disconnect, and the slide locks back on an empty magazine. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a total of one 7 round matte black factory magazine with a flat blued steel floorplate. The magazine is marked with a Walther banner logo and “PPK 7,65m/m” on the lower left side. The magazine shows light wear with a spot of erosion on the right side. The lip of the floorplate is bent slightly upwards. The magazine is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: PPK stood for “Polizei Pistole Kriminal Modell” (Police Pistol Detective Model) and was used by the German police detectives (street cops carried the larger PP chambered in .380 A.C.P.). The PPK Model was also very popular in the civilian market. Adolf Hitler committed suicide with a PPK and a PPK was used by the fictional spy James Bond after “M” made him trade-in skeletonized Beretta. The pre-war pistols and those made prior to 1942 are very collectable and the quality and workmanship on these pistols is outstanding (At about SN 358000K, the finish changed from a high-polish blue to a wartime finish). This Walther Model PPK was made in 1941 and has a K series serial number and an Eagle holding a Swastika with a “C”: the acceptance mark of the police. This pistol is in about Very Good condition with about 75% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This is a very collectible pistol, nice looking and correctly marked. Jan Stills in his book “Axis Pistols” refers to the early war police PPKs as Variation 2, with an estimated procurement of 24,500, which were the last of the high polish finished police pistols to be produced during the war. This rare police issue PPK is sure to end up in a collection of high-end WWII pistols.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible pistol CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.