Walther PPK 1940 Commercial
Collector and shooter Retiring!! It’s a sad time when
after 45 years or so of collecting and shooting many types of unique pistols its
time to recognize I can no longer see well enough to shoot them or spend the
time to maintain them properly. And there’s no one to leave them to. I hate to admit it but its time to transfer some of these to
the next generation for someone else to appreciate and admire.
A lot of the collection has
been carefully accumulated but all have been shot.
This item is one of the type "must have" weapons for a
collector of Automatic Pistols as it was the first semi-auto to introduce a
double action design.
Secret agent James Bond's use of it
in both the Ian Fleming novel and the popular movies. Although they were
heavily produced before the war the higher capacity PP's and PPK-S seem to be
more around. These guns have
been determined to be Curio's and relics and as such may be acquired with that
class of FFL. As a collector you also know that quality has a price in
both buying and
selling, please try to be fair in your bidding.
Offered is an
excellent condition 3 3/8" barreled Walther Model PPK, Serial # 302785K , in
7.65mm.32 ACP, in about 85% condition with two magazines. This gun was made in
1940 in a commercial run which were made between a contract lot that went
to "Sicherheitspolizei" (part of
"Reichssicherheitshauptamt") in Lemberg and another lot that went to
the military. As the war had already started almost all production went to
the police or military and a commercial production run was rare. However, German
officer's were required to purchase their own side arms and this one has a
capture history. The quality of the bluing and finishing is a cut above
most capture guns I have owned.
The gun is all
original. The slide is marked with the typical Walther banner and
reads " Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thür)." The
barrel and chamber is as bright and clean as the day it left the factory with no
pitting or darkening. The interior bright work parts are polished and clean and
un-pitted in the exposed areas and also under the grips. The hold open and
transfer bar mechanism are very nicely bright. The outer chamber area of
the barrel is in the white also but is less polished. The disconnector plunger
remains a bright fire blue. The rounded portion and the top of the slide
contains 100% of the original polished bright blue as does the muzzle. The
machined wavy lines on the sighting flat rib are unmarred and retain their blue
also. The flat of the slide show a light holster wear at the very front
with the left side a little larger than the right. The left front also has
one salt and pepper pit directly to the left of the Walther banner. The
left slide rear wing behind the safety and serrations also bears a lightly
knife point engraved initial "MM #1" as can be seen clearly in the
photos. These scratched initials did not penetrate the original blue and
were placed by the original owner to prove capture ownership in batch
collections of trophy guns for military unit inspection. They never
bothered me since they were a link to the capturer but can be easily polished
out and reblued. There are small light scratches on both sides of the
slide with more around the left side. I am afraid that the were from my
occasional carry holster despite my best efforts to keep them clean. Both
were chamois lined. One inside the pants and a shoulder holster. The
safety retains a little of its original case hardening. The hammer has a
light drag on its left nose. The trigger guard and front strap and rest of
the frame are clean and clear and retain all of their original rich
photos of the RH view of the slide show two of the left facing eagle proof marks
over an "N" on the left slide under the chamber and on the chamber
itself. The third proof is located on the very end of the right barrel
crown and are difficult to discern in photos due to the dark blue. Both
Mags are marked at the bottom left with the banner and the caliber.
They are slightly different with the MM markings with the original showing
and the other showing "7.65 mm" The bluing is slightly different on
grips are the correct one piece spring steel retained plastic mottled black and
brown color and are sharp and clean. These grips tended to warp or crack in two
areas: The upper grip strap area at the rear. This gun has a small
crack shown in the photos at the left rear only. This is where it is
thinly supported for the double action lock work that operates under the grip
panel and is outside of the frame. The loft panel is warped a little bit
due to this crack and will rub slightly with the safety in the fully
"on" down position. These defects have been there since the original
purchase about 38 years ago and have not interfered with the operation or have
not gotten any worse. I regret not buying replacements off of the $5.00
tables in the late 1960 when their were hundreds of
Takedown for cleaning is simple and easily
accomplished by removing the magazine, drawing back the slide while
simultaneously pulling down the trigger guard. The slide is easily lifted
off for access to the barrel and interior for routine
a secondary carry gun, I shot this weapon about 100 rounds per year for about 38
years and it is dead reliable. The majority were factory jacketed
and medium velocity JHP hand loads for defense. The gun
shoots very well despite is rudimentary fixed sights at all defense ranges and I
could keep them all in the black in a 25 yard National Match target center via
an "uncreepy" single action with a 6 o'clock hold. Double action
was a bit more problematic but isn't too bad. There is little over travel in
either mode and a firm straight pull to the back in double action provided the
best results. The trigger has never been tinkered with. The hammer will
bite if you've got fat large hands if you are not too careful about the grip and
I never could get more than two fingers on the front strap. Never tried one of
those grip extension magazines.
carry a wimp caliber in a little gun like this? Conceal ability and
portability were the primary reasons. This gun hides very well in a suit
or tuxedo either under arm or inside the pants when a .45 just wouldn't fit the
It lies dead flat and just would "fit the occasion" better than any
others in the collection. It would never print despite my weight and the
drape of clothes whereas a longer PP would. I guess "James Bond"
or Ian Fleming had a reason. Its reliability was the second selling
point. It worked first time and every time. The pipsqueak caliber
never bothered me despite all of the gun mag advice. It shoots where I
two of these pistols in the late 1960's In the Pittsburgh area from the original
GI capture owner named Michael Murphy in a trade for a Model 10 S&W. Both
were well kept and stored in Crown Royal blue velvet bags. He was after a
cheaper alternative to the hard to come by .32 ACP ammo for his home defense
guns. Michael was a retired steelworker from the Homestead Works of
USS. This gun was taken from a German officer in the Pilsen,
Czechoslovakia region in late April or May, 1945. He was a member of the
Big Red One. There were no capture documents or holsters kept by
Mike. After the war the guns were cleaned regularly and stored. They
were seldom fired. I came to know Mike as he was eventually in a platoon with
a Sergeant uncle who was with him at the time. He was second wave at D-day
and the Uncle was a First Waver. Nice quiet guy; the tough ones always
provided on this
site are somewhat limited and I have
provided those more interested in this piece with a on line photo album showing
detailed photos. I have sent two differently lighted LH views for ease of
seeing the listed above defects. I can try to take better photos of the left
slide If I must. The glare makes some close ups pretty tough. If you wish to
visit this album for more photos click or copy the following link. The
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