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Old 01-14-2020, 08:54 PM   #1
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Wartime PPK

Not a huge fan of wartime guns, but a PPK at a local shop caught my eye.
Serial number is 386616K, and it does bear a waffenampt.

Finish started life as polished, and it retains perhaps 90%, tho' it is thinning in places. No pits or rust.

Grips are brown plastic two piece, which I suspect it incorrect, tho' they are in good shape.
Magazine is an aftermarket, and won't engage the slidestop.
Bore appears to be very good/excellent; it is a .32.
It has a lanyard loop.
Asking is $849; it's consignment from an employee at the shop.
Just like Lugers, such things are a mystery to me as regards value.
Advice welcome.
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ETA- If I end up not pursuing it, I'll post its location.
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Acc. to it's serial number probably made in 1945, one of the last made in Zella/Mehlis. Finish should be rough military, not polished. Refinished? Grips are not time correct.
Check ejector by hand to engage slide stop! Normally an aftermarket mag should work properly.
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Acc. to it's serial number probably made in 1945, one of the last made in Zella/Mehlis. Finish should be rough military, not polished. ...
It's not a PP; it's a PPK.

Made late 1942. If the finish is original, it's probably among the last to be polished before Walther transitioned to military finish.

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Aftermarket mags and grips are a very good negotiating point.
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You are right, Mike! Probably made in 1942...


Imo 'dull' military finish as well. But we've never seen any pic.
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Aftermarket mags and grips are a very good negotiating point.
Jimbo, what sort of number would seem reasonable?
I will find out what a proper mag would cost.
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Take a look at completed GB auctions and compare to the gun you're looking at. Prices are depressed right now which is another good negotiating point. Period grips and mags can cost a bundle and take hundreds off of the value.
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Jimbo, I'll have a look at Gunbroker, as well as correct magazines there. And I do want to field strip it, and just check general mechanical function. Not something I set out to find, but wouldn't mind having it.
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Moon,

My last PPK purchase was 18 months ago, a 1936 commercial 90 safety and no signal pin, original one piece grip ( I later found a crack) and an original flat bottom magazine. I gladly paid $700 in a C&R purchase. If it is a clean as you say and given the unoriginal grips and mismatched magazine I myself would try for a lower price, no more than $700 out the door. Its biggest negative is the grip, period Bakelite can run upwards of $300.

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... Its biggest negative is the grip, period Bakelite can run upwards of $300.
If and when you find one, it will be shrunken, won't fit, and is either cracked or about to crack.

If you intend to shoot it, spend about half that money instead for a one-piece pear-shaped Nill grip in stippled walnut. You'll be a happier man.

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