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Old 03-13-2017, 02:49 PM   #1
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7.65 mm rimfire?

Folks, I am new to this forum, but have collected military firearms for over thirty years. I recently acquired a Walther PP, shiny finish, waffenampt proofed on slide and frame with the Walther code. Both the slide and frame have matching serial numbers,234xxx P, and the slide is marked 7.65mm. However, it refused to chamber.32 rounds with the slide, but would do so perfectly with a replacement slide. Upon closer examination, I observed that the "bolt" which is part of the slide, did not have a firing pin hole at its center, but at the rim, as a rimfire slide would, and the firing pin protrudes as designed. Any thoughts?
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Can you post amy pictures?
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:46 PM   #3
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There is no such thing as a Walther 7.65mm rimfire. I just took two of my Walthers out of the safe, both pp models, one 7.65 and the other .22 LR. The .22 LR slide fits perfectly on the 7.65 frame but obviously will not chamber a 7.65 round. If not refinished, this mismatch belongs in Tanfo's collection.
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I am going with .22 slide on a 7.65 frame that someone has "stamped" to match.....

Some pictures would really help.
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Re-chambered for the long obsolete 32 Short Rimfire?

(Yes, it's a real caliber)
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Re-chambered for the long obsolete 32 Short Rimfire?

(Yes, it's a real caliber)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.32_rimfire

Quote: "These rounds were made primarily in short and long lengths, but extra short, long rifle and extra long lengths were offered."

Looks like 32 rimfire ammo is quite expensive
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/627818529
$2.68 a round based on the minimum bid.

Pictures would be good. This is getting interesting.

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I recently acquired a Walther PP, shiny finish, waffenampt proofed on slide and frame with the Walther code. Both the slide and frame have matching serial numbers,234xxx P, and the slide is marked 7.65mm.
waffenampt proofed with the Walther code indicates a war time pistol. What year would serial number 234xxx P indicate?

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If not refinished, this mismatch belongs in Tanfo's collection.
I agree, Tanfo's input on this would be very helpful. Anyone know how to contact him?

What IF this was chambered in 32 rimfire from the factory. That would be a rare bird indeed!

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We really need photos of this pistol.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:09 PM   #9
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Thanks to all for the responses..I have photos but need help in the procedure to post them. Let me assure you that the proofs and waffenampts are legit;with the glossy finish, the hardness of the steel and the small size of the proofs they are not phony. In addition, the portion of the barrel that is exposed in the ejection port is also waffenampt proofed. Proofed on left and right side of slide, frame proofed below mag release directly adjacent to the trigger guard swivel stud. As I said earlier, I have collected,for a long time, like most have been burned, and have learned, by mistake, what to look for. But I have never run across anything like this. BTW, this is a vet bring back, not that it makes a whole lot of difference. Please help with the posting process for,the photos. Thanks
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:21 PM   #10
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7.65 pp rim fire

One more thing, the firing pin, when fired, protrudes from the hole in the "bolt" face to,fire a critridge, as designed...confusing, eh?, as us U-pers would say.
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