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Sure looks stainless to me. It looks too good to have been blued. Nothing against blue but when you strip the blue the stripping chemicals leave a finish on the bare metal that is a little less lusterous. There a method for confirming stainless that I haven't used in a long while and it escapes my old brain, maybe another here remembers. Usually test on a spot none will see like the mag well. -Bill


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My guess from the pics is that it has been buffed, perhaps to remove some scratches.
A dab of cold blue (inside the slide, etc.) should give you an answer. If it doesn't react, it's stainless.
Moon
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Had a look at mine to be sure; the top of the slide should be a bead blast finish, and the buffing marks on the sides of the slide should be parallel to the slide itself. Somebody has been at it with a buffer.
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Thank you both for the information. I place a dab of cold blue on the inside of the slide and it did not take. I then placed some on the area near the bottom of the part of the slide where the firing pin is located and it took some of the cold blue.
I then placed a dab on the side of the slide and on the front strap of the frame, neither one took. So, either stainless that someone polished at some point or a refinishing was done some time in it's life. Either way now, I know it's not bare metal.
It will be used and enjoyed.
Thank you again for the information.
 

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The PPK/s was greeted with some unhappiness when first produced for import, but many liked the longer PP grip.
So the PPK/s was often made by Interarms/Ranger after the GCA of '68; since they resumed making the importable /s version, it was likely economics (cheaper to make them here).
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ETA-hate to disagree with Mike at this late date; didn't check at the time. Perhaps all .380 stainless guns had an S prefix, but the stainless .32s do not; neither PPK or /s.

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The following prefixes were used by Interarms for their stainless models:
A: PPK in .380
B: PPK in .32
S: PPK/S in .380
W: PPK/S in .32
Now that we have that down. Just how many PPK-S did Interarms make in stainless. Next is it worth it to put an unfired PPK-S stainless that has been left in unfired condition away as an investment. Mine has a serial number S001189 and has never been fired outside of factory test firing.
 

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is it worth it to put an unfired PPK-S stainless that has been left in unfired condition away as an investment.
I don't think so. Maybe an unfired NIB Colt's or Smith & Wesson would bring a return after many years but not an Interarms. I'm also sceptical of using firearms for investment purposes.
 

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I don't think so. Maybe an unfired NIB Colt's or Smith & Wesson would bring a return after many years but not an Interarms. I'm also sceptical of using firearms for investment purposes.
I discount your answer as Colt never made a PPK-S and S&W PPK-S was far inferior than the ones made by Interarms.
 

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Twobits, you're kinda missing the point. The Interarms/Ranger pistols are fine guns, but are relatively recent and not especially uncommon guns. Even the much rarer .32 iterations aren't especially valuable.
So enjoy your pistol, use it in some moderation; it won't really effect the value.
Carry will show some scuffs and wear, even on stainless.
I vote with Redcat; guns aren't an especially good investment. Be satisfied to own and enjoy such, and assume your family will recoup at least some of the money you've spent.
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I discount your answer as Colt never made a PPK-S and S&W PPK-S was far inferior than the ones made by Interarms.
I don't believe that any Interarms PPK will ever appreciate in value enough to justify keeping it unfired. Other brands yes, but not Interarms. Colt and S&W have a stronger following in the US than Walther. The only Walther pistols that I would consider even remotely as "investment grade" are the pre-1945 guns.

If you want to try your hand at investing in a PPK then I would recommend an example made in Zella-Mehlis. Either a boxed commercial model or a Party Leader rig might be a good choice to start with.
 

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Colt Snake guns if you can find cylinder not turned , Pythons, Anaconda 45 long Colt and the likes if your young, you will make money 30 years from now at their current cost. Had 2 Pythons paid 675.00 each cylinders never turned purchased in 70s and early 80s , Sold for 5800, on one and 8200 on other, pick up 2 like that and in 20 years you will double your money, other than that, 95 percent of other guns you will loose money on or maybe break even if lucky.
 
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