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I recently acquired a pre-war Walther PPK in 7.65mm (.32 ACP). The serial number is 7609##. It has the C/N proof marks on the right side of the frame and slide, and at the business end of the barrel, but no other stampings or markings that I can find (slide is not etched inside and serial number is not stamped at the muzzle). The bluing seems to be near perfect (I will try to post photos later tonight, but I'm at work now...).

The firing pin channel is covered by a metal plate of some kind...one I have not seen in any of the photos or videos of slide disassembly procedures. It does not have a loaded chamber indicator at the hammer end of the slide. The safety is the 90-degree style. I have disassembled and reassembled the slide to clean it, and everything seems to be in order. It also has an original walther banner magazine without serial number or caliber markings which holds 7 rounds.

A couple of questions...

I figure it to be manufactured in 1930 based on some of the posts I have seen. Can anyone help me to confirm this?

Can the safety be used **safely** as a decocker like the modern weapons? I have seen conflicting posts about this on forums.

Does anyone know of a source for an exploded diagram or manual for this firearm? Most of the others I have seen show the chamber indicator, etc.

And the question of the day...which I know you won't be able to help with without the photos...was $700 too much to pay from my friend who sold it to me? It came with a leather flap holster in very poor shape (photos also forthcoming).
 

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WRT your last question, a local gunshop currently has a pre-war PPK, 7.65mm, pretty decent condition, going for $1100 (no leather holster).

Also, "Know Your Walther PP & PPK Pistols," by E.J. Hoffschmidt (Blacksmith Corporation Publishers, Chino Valley, Arizona, 86323), has several exploded diagrams, including a first model PP and a second model PPK.

--Larry
 

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Hi, Heavyg71

I my self would not use the safety as a decocker on such a firearm.
I would move the safety to the safe position but follow the hammer down with my thumb.

If you break the safety you would be very very sad indeed.

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BTW, under a very strong LED light, I did see the hand-scratched last three digits of the serial number inside the slide opposite the ejection port. Very faint, but they match the serial number...
 

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I recently acquired a pre-war Walther PPK in 7.65mm (.32 ACP). The serial number is 7609##. It has the C/N proof marks on the right side of the frame and slide, and at the business end of the barrel, but no other stampings or markings that I can find (slide is not etched inside and serial number is not stamped at the muzzle). The bluing seems to be near perfect (I will try to post photos later tonight, but I'm at work now...).

The firing pin channel is covered by a metal plate of some kind...one I have not seen in any of the photos or videos of slide disassembly procedures. It does not have a loaded chamber indicator at the hammer end of the slide. The safety is the 90-degree style. I have disassembled and reassembled the slide to clean it, and everything seems to be in order. It also has an original walther banner magazine without serial number or caliber markings which holds 7 rounds.

A couple of questions...

I figure it to be manufactured in 1930 based on some of the posts I have seen. Can anyone help me to confirm this?

Can the safety be used **safely** as a decocker like the modern weapons? I have seen conflicting posts about this on forums.

Does anyone know of a source for an exploded diagram or manual for this firearm? Most of the others I have seen show the chamber indicator, etc.

And the question of the day...which I know you won't be able to help with without the photos...was $700 too much to pay from my friend who sold it to me? It came with a leather flap holster in very poor shape (photos also forthcoming).
This is the cover over the firing pin channel:



This shows the lack of a loaded chamber indicator:



Any comments on these apparent anomalies?
 
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