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Walther PPK 1940 Commercial in 7.65 mm K (.32 ACP)

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Walther Walther PPK 1940 Commercial in 7.65 mm K (.32 ACP)
Winner: N*******h
Current Price: $906.00
Quantity:1 lot
Auction Closed:October 21, 2005 19:46:28 PDT
Auction Type:Basic Style
NRA Grade:Fine
History: 39 Bid(s) ($0.01 starting bid)
Seller: Parusky (view feedback)
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                                  .32 Walther PPK 1940 Commercial

 

  NO RESERVE!!!!    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 blue.  

The 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 "7.65 m/m" and the other showing "7.65 mm" The bluing is slightly different on these versions.

The 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 them.

 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 cleaning.

As 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.  

Why 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 occasion.  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 aim. 

I acquired 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 are.

The photos provided on this site are somewhat limited and I have provided those more interested in this piece with a on line photo album showing more 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 password for this album is "PPK" exactly as typed without the quotes.  Please ensure you type the exact way shown.  Lower case will not work.    Once you are in you will automatically view the intro page. To view the other photos you can click on the thumbnails on the left or start the slide show by clicking on the top button.  If you do the slide show please allow the entire show to load the first time.  The second time through you can adjust the speed of viewing at your leisure without delay.   Please fill out the guest book with your comments after viewing.  If you wish any more photos just ask. The photo quality can be enhanced as required for a specific inquiry.  Here's the link.

 

http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid8512759

 

If I missed something, please e-mail me and I will answer with what I know. Please ask first before bidding;  it avoids a lot of grief later. Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Your input is always appreciated.

 

SORRY, BUT I CANNOT END ANY AUCTION EARLY…PLEASE DON’T ASK!      

 

                                                                                  

PAYMENT OPTIONS: I accept PayPal at auction  plus S&H plus 3%, Postal Money Orders and Cashier’s Checks ship fastest; Personal and business checks are gladly accepted but will delay shipping until fully cleared. Payment should be received within 10 days of close of auction.  


SHIPPING: Buyer pays actual shipping costs plus $10 for handling.  HANDGUNS are shipped USPS Priority Mail flat rate box/Insured from ZIP 35405. If you prefer another type of shipping, it can be arranged. All modern firearms must be shipped to your FFL dealer for transfer. Same thing is true for C&R for this weapon.  I include a signed copy of my dealers FFL Or C&R license with each firearm shipped.  I will only ship to the U.S. and not to any state that objects.  Check your local laws before bidding please.

RETURN POLICY: All firearms come with a 3-day (M-F) inspection/return privilege. Inspection period begins at time of delivery to your dealer…it is your responsibility to inspect the gun in this time frame. Inspection does not include test firing.  You test fire a gun and you own it. In the case of a return for any reason, buyer pays all similar shipping so please ask questions BEFORE you bid.

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