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Old 03-28-2018, 04:29 PM   #1
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Question Walther Olympia Pistol Questions?

For the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. I wanted to ask about the Olympia Pistols.
1. How many were made?
2. How Many are Left?
3. Who Has them?
4. How many can still fire?
5. What is their Value as of this Year?

None of us can ever have one, nor would I want one, it is just a little 22LR Round. But It is the finest Olympic Pistol ever made, I would Guess? Paul
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Why not? There are five Walther Olympias for sale on Gunbroker right now and seven Norincos.
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I have a Jäger model and highly recommend it.
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Sorry, I was not aware they were available, are these Pistols from the Games, or did Walther Mass Produce the Gun after the Olympic Games in 1936? I knew Norinco had made a cheap Copy, but I thought the Olympias were rare to find, and would be in the 10s of Thousands of Dollars? Mostly in the hands of Private Collectiors. I see I was wrong. Paul
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They were a production gun to compete against the Colt Woodsman. Postwar they were also built by Hammerli. Simpson's has eight on their website right now between $800-1700.

If it's a subject that you're interested in "The Walther Handgun Story" by Gene Gangarosa and "Walther Pistols and Rifles" by W.H.B. Smith Both have some good information on the Olympia and the non PP/PPK/P38 Walthers.

I've always ment to pick up an Olympia but have just never gotten around to it. I think I'd like to ad a TPH first.
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Sorry, I was not aware they were available, are these Pistols from the Games, or did Walther Mass Produce the Gun after the Olympic Games in 1936? I knew Norinco had made a cheap Copy, but I thought the Olympias were rare to find, and would be in the 10s of Thousands of Dollars? Mostly in the hands of Private Collectiors. I see I was wrong. Paul
The original design was for the 1932 Olympics using Walther's earlier sport pistol design from the mid-1920s. Wiki has a nice discussion of the pistol here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_Olympia

There is no record of the serial number of the pistols provided to either the contestants in the 1932 or the victors in the 1936 Olympic games. Production continued into the war years of pistols made at Zella-Mehlis.
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I own a 1936 .22 cal rapid fire Olympic pistol in the original box. There is a #W 323 hand written on the side of the box.There are factory numbers stamped on the magazine and gun as well. I inherited it from my uncle who was stationed in Germany in WW2 and he got it in Germany.When he was alive , he told me it was fired at the Olympics but I could not verify it. I posted some photos on Wikipedia, they would not upload pics of the gun just the box and gun descriptions that were in the box. If anyone can shed some light on the history I would appreciate it
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I tried Wiki but didn't see your pics. Pehaps you can provide a link or post the images here? It would be a great help and be very interesting to view.
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1936 Olympic Pistol

Thanks for the reply. I am not too good with the computer so I have to figure out how to upload the pics. I will do it later, have to work right now
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I tried Wiki but didn't see your pics. Pehaps you can provide a link or post the images here? It would be a great help and be very interesting to view.
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