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I have recently acquired a 7.65 mm ZM PPK, serial number 791453. It is missing some bluing and has some pitting (mostly on the slide). Other than those defects it is mechanically sound and shoots great. On the left side of the pistol there is similar pitting on the slide, frame, and trigger guard. There is also a similar amount of bluing loss on the frame and slide. However, the numbers etched on the inside of the slide do not match the last 3 digits of the serial number.

Is this kind of mismatch between the slide and frame common? Did the switch likely occur early on or more recently?
 

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I'm not an expert on which year they were manufactured based on the serial number but it it was a war time PP its common to have mismatched serials.
Unless you paid a premium and it was implied they matched, I don't see a problem with it.



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Based on information in Dieter Marschall’s book, my pistol is pre-war, a 3rd variation PPK, manufactured between mid-1932 and 1935 (SN 774500 to 853000). As 791453 is in the lower end of that range, I think the manufacture date is 1933. There are no other marks I can see other than crown over N, so I assume it is a commercial model. If that assumption is wrong, please correct me.

The mismatch is not a problem for me. I am just curious about its history. I think I got a good deal on this pistol. I paid a just over $700 with shipping. Considering its condition, do others think that is a good deal?
 
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