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Old 11-05-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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Hard Chrome P5?????

At a LGS, I saw what the vendor had posted as a 'stainless steel' P5. I had a look at it, told him I thought it unlikely that it was actually stainless, and that I might be interested, but that I thought it likely it was hardchromed after the fact.
It had two mags (also hardchromed) and a box; the box made no mention of a 'chrome' finish.
It appears to be in great shape; he was asking $750.
What says the crew? What is it worth?
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I might give $750 if I wanted something different.

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I have a pretty presentable P5 that's original; I'm thinking this one might make a great shooter.
Are we saying that the hardchrome finish is not original, as I suspect to be the case? I wouldn't mind having it, but I don't want to pay too much.
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No, it's not original. Nor has any German Walther ever been produced in SS.
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Herr Walther, I'm aware that none were ever in stainless, and that that was an American proposition for the PPK models.
What I do need to know is if the hardchrome was a factory job (there were some PPKs done in hardchrome, yes?) in the P5.
The gun is quite handsome, and it doesn't show signs of pitting or other abuse before the plating was applied. I really would like to have it, but I don't want to spend more than it is truly worth; my heirs and assigns don't need a bad deal.
The $750 question; is the hardchome factory?
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The $750 question; is the hardchome factory?
I don't believe so. None of my Walther books mention P5s coming in any other finish besides the usual polished/matte blue or phosphate.
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The $750 question; is the hardchome factory?
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Of course not.

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If you decide not to pull the trigger, Moon, how about posting up the seller's information? Somebody here might want to take a chance on it.
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If you decide not to pull the trigger, Moon, how about posting up the seller's information? Somebody here might want to take a chance on it.
Searcher, I will certainly do that.
That said, what would a reasonable offer look like? I have no idea what the vendor has in it, and I know somebody will say 'what is it worth to you'?, but a refinish is still a refinish, so I don't want to get in too deep.
Thanks, all, you confirmed what I thought I knew. This isn't the vendor's first rodeo, so I was surprised that he had it marked as stainless, and he was skeptical that it wasn't a factory job.
We'll see how it shakes out, and I may ask my tech expert (aka, my Bride) to help me post a picture.
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ETA- Maybe a better question, what is a mechanically sound but reblued P5 worth?
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