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I have been looking for a long time for a decent German made PPK in 7.65 Cal. Most of the ones I have found I would need a home equity loan to buy them.

Finally found a nice, tight one made in Germany in 1966. Found it at a gun show in Atlanta about a month ago. Settled on $600 delivered to my dealer in Michigan.



When I found it, it had a slide on it marked made in France and in .380 cal. The guy who owned it said he had the correct slide at home that said made in Ulm Germany. The slide had a lot of pitting allegedly and hardly any bluing left. He agreed on the price and said he would send the correct slide to Michigan.

Got the slide today minus the decocking lever and firing pin and fp spring. In a few minutes, I switched the parts and everything seems to work OK. Did a little fast cold bluing and the gun is good to go. ( I ended up with a very nice extra slide for a .380 PPK made by Manurhin. Anybody need one?)

The lettering on the slide is nice and sharp which is a plus since I plan on getting the gun re-blued.

As a side note, my first 7.65 PPK was a war time gun, very worn, that I bought when I was on Lansing, Michigan PD in 1965 (right after the first James Bond movies that featured the PPK). I think I paid $50 for it then and I also had that gun re-blued.

53 years later, I corrected my bad mistake of selling that gun and finally found my German PPK.

Any thoughts on a good re-bluing service where I can keep the total cost of the project under $1,000 (under $400 for re-bluing)?

Thanks gang ahead of time for your thoughts and suggestions.

Trooper Joe
 

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Since that one has already been fooled with, why not leave it as-is as a shooter?
You have a fine and trusting nature, buying a gun that way (BTW, I have the Hitler Walther; it's for sale for $500 if you are interested...;)) Would it actually shoot with the wrong slide?
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Since that one has already been fooled with, why not leave it as-is as a shooter?
You have a fine and trusting nature, buying a gun that way (BTW, I have the Hitler Walther; it's for sale for $500 if you are interested...;)) Would it actually shoot with the wrong slide?
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Never shot it but I am sure it would have.

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Never shot it but I am sure it would have.

Trooper Joe
Joe, you are a trusting soul! :D
Give it a try, just for grits and shins.


And congrats on your pistol; .32s are honeys, and you got a real German one at a fire sale price. Enjoy!
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There is no way to get that pitted slide refinished without losing what is left of the Walther legend. The letters are etched on and very shallow. If you look at them hard they will disappear, even steel wool will fade them.

It would be cheaper to find another slide, a few years back a lot were imported - they appeared to be surplus army slides. Otherwise, if your French slide is better leave that one on.

Rebluing old pistols is tempting, but it seldom pays off unless you can do the polishing/blue yourself and you are very detail oriented. Outside of high end shops like Bowen and Turnbull, you're flushing your money away. Just save up for a nice example if that's your goal.
 

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Got the slide today minus the decocking lever and firing pin and fp spring. In a few minutes, I switched the parts and everything seems to work OK. Did a little fast cold bluing and the gun is good to go. ( I ended up with a very nice extra slide for a .380 PPK made by Manurhin. Anybody need one?)
If you’re giving it away I’ll take it. Obviously I would pay shipping. I have a German made PP in .32 and if I can then find a PPK barrel then I would end up with a PPK after swapping out the appropriate parts.
 

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If it is .380, I would have interest for some future build projects. Mind posting a few pics?
 

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If you’re giving it away I’ll take it. Obviously I would pay shipping. I have a German made PP in .32 and if I can then find a PPK barrel then I would end up with a PPK after swapping out the appropriate parts.
It would be more of a PPK/S
 

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manurhin .380 slide available









I think $150 plus shipping would be a fair price for this slide. Send me a PM if interested.

By the way, took the PPK to the range today. Everything works and it is very accurate.

Sent a message to Turnbull already. Going to go all the way on this one.

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