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Old 05-09-2013, 06:37 AM   #1
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Were there any factory nickel plated PPK's or was nickel plating done as aftermarket only?
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This comes up a lot. If you have a plated Ranger or a Smith.....it's a 100% certainty it's an aftermarket job. If it's an import...it "could" very well have been factory plated.
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Were there any factory nickel plated PPK's or was nickel plating done as aftermarket only?
Pre-1945 Waffenfabrik Carl Walther did produce nickle plated PPks or other models on request.
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Can you tell if its pre-war by the serial number 229907k. Its a 22 Calibre
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Pre-1945 Waffenfabrik Carl Walther did produce nickle plated PPks or other models on request.
Post- 1950 Waffenfabrik Carl Walther did so too.

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Can you tell if its pre-war by the serial number 229907k. Its a 22 Calibre
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Can you tell if its pre-war by the serial number 229907k. Its a 22 Calibre
This is the one you are referring to I believe it is probably an
aftermarket nickel.
Pre War Walther PPK nickel cal.22LR for sale (982661191)

Pre 1946 Walther PP and PPK pistols have
a rather frosted look when they were nickel plated from
the factory.
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Were there any factory nickel plated PPK's or was nickel plating done as aftermarket only?
Tom, back in 1970 I was shown a nickel plated PPK (.380) carried by an ATF special agent. He stated to me that the gun was factory.
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This is the one you are referring to I believe it is probably an
aftermarket nickel.
Pre War Walther PPK nickel cal.22LR for sale (982661191)

Pre 1946 Walther PP and PPK pistols have
a rather frosted look when they were nickel plated from
the factory.
I think you are confusing the frosted Verchromt with the regular nickle finish available on special order too. It is not a mirror reflection finish but not the frosting of verchromt. I have a .22lr 198280K nickle that Dieter Marshall examined and pronounced factory. It has wear and some of the nickle is peeling.
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Gentleman,
Thanks for the answers. Now, if the gun is indeed 1939 or thereabouts, will it handle CCI Mini Mags or Winchester Super X? I like to shoot everything I own and these are my favorites. Am I crazy to look at a gun like this as a shooter?
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The pistols were a) made to be fired, and b) built well ... far better than the current model that Umarex has offered the market, in fact. Take it out to the range, run some quality ammo through it (mine like Mini-Mags), and have some fun.
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