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Old 11-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Question "Do not shoot and Do not sell"?

I inherited a mint (fired only a few times ever) PPK .32, serial number 187055 (1965) with confirmed markings (eagle over N) made in West Germany. My grandfather carried it and I want to carry it, but I have been told by many here to "not sell it" and " do not to shoot it". Why? I will never sell it, because of the sentimental issue, so should I be overly concerned with the "value" being diminished by using it? Can you guys help me decide what to do.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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As with most things, there are at least two camps of thought on that. Only you can decide. I belong to the camp that says, a firearm is a tool and was made to be fired. I shoot all mine. I do not buy a firearm to keep as an unfired safe queen. But that's just me. There are others who feel just as firmly that one should not fire such a pistol as it diminishes it's value. I don't agree and believe if you want to collect something just to look at you should try stamps or coins.

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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BDCSam, I expect a range report by Saturday!

Do you really think this pistol was made to be pretty and sit in a box somewhere? Sir, it is a tool that begs to be used... and to bring it's happy owner much joy. The person who machined that piece of super-high quality steel artistry meant for it to be used. That person is likely long dead. Won't you honor their craftsmanship by using it for it's intended purpose?

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I agree with the others. You should carry and shoot it in honor of your grandfather. If it was a mint pre-war model I would be more tempted to not carry it but I would still give it a range session.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
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I own a '62 PPK .32, inherited from my father (beside a few other guns: hunting rifles, shot guns, a revolver and a flare gun). For me every round I shoot thru is a memento to him, using the same guns he used. I have my own guns too, but these are very special for me. I won't miss that feeling!
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:20 AM   #6
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Same thoughts here: It's a tool. Tools must be kept in working order. RANGE TRIP!

I'd likely not carry one with that kind of provenance but it wouldn't be hidden away, hermetically sealed in a box, either.
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If carrying or shooting your grandfather's PPK makes you feel good then do it. If you want to sell it than feel free. It's your gun and your choice. It's not a great self-defense choice in any case. My opinion...
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:06 AM   #8
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Like TANFOGLIO noted in his signature:

It is better to have a PPK and not need it than to need a PPK and not have it


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I think you should fire it. You will certainly enjoy the pistol. Why deny yourself the opportunity?
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:47 AM   #10
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I own a similar 1965 PPK 32ACP purchased in the box with all 30 years ago at a Gun Show for $260. The guy was standing by an empty table with a box on the table that I knew from 30 ft away what was in it(Walther of some sort).
My wife has carried it over the years and now I carry it once in awhile.
Since Wisconsin now has Concealed Carru we carry a S&W M&P 9 and a SIG P226-40 repspectively but the Walther still comes in handy once in a while.
With FMJ, Silver tips and now Gold Dots, the gun has never had a failure.
Top dollar is paid for NEW IN THE BOX with all, one just sold on Gun Broker for over $1700. IF any thing is missing and if the gun has been fired, the value drops substantially.
Do you have a carry license, do you feel comfortable carrying a 7.65mm?
If yes, why not use it with the sentimental valuation that it has.-Dick
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