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I got this one (a German-marked Walther) for $260 because it had been poorly stored and was pitted and rusting. I sent it to Mac's Restorations, and he put it back together nicely for another $160. It's the one I carry these days, when I'm not carrying the P99C:



I also run it with an Interarms stainless slide from time to time, just for something completely different:



Full disclosure: The original slide, while still servicable, was really a mess. Both of the slides you see here are from Interarms; the black one is treated with Mac's duracoat finish.
 

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That must've been the day you set out to pick up your P5...
Haha actually AoxoMoxoA, that picture was taken the night before I went to the gun show at the Big E in Springfield last year, where I found my P38! It's my tax returns you see there... I never have that kind of loot otherwise. Believe it or not it was my girls' Mom who had the idea for the "Glamour Picture". She saw my PPK and said, "Gee, that's a very sexy looking gun!" This coming from a woman who doesn't like firearms and never shot one in her life! So we dug out some jewelry, flowers, etc and had a photo shoot on her kitchen table!

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My British contract .22lr PP with Herrett's grips that were sanded down thinner, original finish removed with acetone and refinished with several coats of Tru-Oil.

Great job, nice looking pistol!
 

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East German Made Walther PP

I recently bought this Walther at a gun show in Waukesha, WI. It was not feeding properly. I took it to my gunshith. This is what he had to say about it:
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"That is a really nice PP, when I was looking for what exact model it was I found a lot of neat facts. It looks like it was made by Hammerli. Some of the markings on it are put on here in the US to make people feel better about it being a German gun."
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I was disappointed as I thought from the markings on it that it was a prewar Walther. Still it is a beautiful gun. And performs very well. I changed the grips for white Maple. I of course kept the originals. I attach some pictures. I would appreciate any other information from members.
 

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German made, 1970, Interarms import PPK/s in .380 with elephant ivory grips. Picked up just yesterday. The gun is pretty much in pristine shape. I love it.

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Martin, Those are very nice looking grips. I have bought 3 pair from Marschal in Hungary & he also has really pretty grips. I have a daughter & son in law who live in Heidelberg ( Gaiberg) . They work for the DOD. Are you close to there?

I worked with Marschal testing the fit of his grips on all 4 kinds of PPK,s. He is a very nice person. I also have a pair of his Bersa grips.
 

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Gene,

I live at the Lake Constance, near Austria and the Swiss. But I know Heidelberg, a beautifull town.
I got these grips on german eGun, paid 20€ (~26$, incl. delivery charges) and they came wrapped in original wax paper. Perhaps they are as old as my PPK ;). They fit my hand perfectly, because they are a lightly thicker than the original plastic grips. But I don't know, who has made these grips.
 

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I believe Martin's stocks were made by Sile. I bought a couple pair from Interarms a long time ago, then they were marketed as genuine Walther wooden stocks. Walther probably 'outsourced' them.

I have seen the identical grip sold under the Sile label with a horrible medallion inset in the side panels. They plain ones are much nicer.

It's a nice handle!
 

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I have seen the identical grip sold under the Sile label with a horrible medallion inset in the side panels.
Like those ones? ;)

Sile... Thanks for the hint! You are probably right.


Edit: I've asked the seller. He told me, that the grips are stocked by Walther/Ulm and sold later to gunsmiths/dealers in higher quantities. He taked them from his fathers stock (he inherited his fathers stock...).

153: Thanks for your information! :)
 

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My inherited 1935 PPK, carried pre-war by a cousin that was working in Germany as an enginering consultant. At least that's the story I was told.



It looks like the twin of the one posted earlier by tommyb.

Can you tell me what the D.R.P initials mean?
 

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1) Yes
2) I don't know...

D.R.P. marked PPK were relative rare, serial number range in the space of 912000 - 955000 (1936?), normal civil production.
 
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