Thanks Mike I just read that in my copy of Dieter’s book. He goes on to say the “A” was no longer applied after 1986. So I have 1969 gun fabricated at Manurhan and shipped to Walther for finish work.The "A" was applied before the serial number. It identifies the frame as intended for a PP .380, distinguished from a PP .32. The former is slotted in the magazine well for the rib on the .380 magazine.
PPs in .22 were similarly identified with "LR" instead of "A".
You misinterpreted the text. The mentioned suffixes were put on the frame only, not on the slides. And there were no more A suffixes for the late models, which were completely manufactured at Walther's in Ulm (and no LR suffixes anyway, because there were no more versions produced in .22 LR).Thanks Mike I just read that in my copy of Dieter’s book. He goes on to say the “A” was no longer applied after 1986. So I have pre 1986 slide and frame and frame and a 1996 barrel.
The date code 69 belongs to the frame. So it's a PP proofed in 1969 and probably manufactured in the same year.Balogh I was in error including the slide as the “A” is not there. I was assuming the slide and frame were original mates. The 1969 barrel being the only newer part.
Yes, that's right because those models after 1986 were entirely made in Ulm. Their serial numbers start at 700001 (PP) and 800001 (PPK and PPK/S). In other words: the A suffix exists on the French made models.So I’m confused, Dieter Marschall says the “A” was discontinued after 1986.