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Tips for Buying PP or PPK

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LGS has at least one PP (and another PPK or two) I might be interested in.

Would appreciate a few key pointers in evaluating them, esp. the PP....I like the idea of a "bigger" gun.

Are there good and bad or better and best?

Condition aside what are fair prices for the various flavors. (I'm interested in the gun, not the that it was made by the Nazis. I don't collect that, don't mind they are marked, but won't pay extra for the marking.)

I've got a Hege Waffen with a worn outside and good inside...but I'd like the real thing.

(I'm not a "collector," shooter grade guns are good enough for me....so a bit of wear is no problem.)
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What you want to look for are signs of abuse and modifications. One of the key things I look at is the grip screw. If it is chewed up, the previous owner didn't care enough about the pistol to use a fitted screw driver. That could indicate the gun was abused.
The signal pin (loaded chamber indicator) is often broken or missing. In center fire pistols this is located at the rear of the slide above the safety drum. If it is you will need to replace it - which will add to the cost. Note: A few PP series guns were made without the signal pin or the hole it fits in.

I would ask the store people to field strip the pistol and let you look at the interior. If they won't do that, I would pass.
Other members will be along with more advice.

Pricing on these guns varies radically depending on the state you live in and its laws. PPK pistols generally sell for much more than the PP or PPK/S. So I can't help you on price.
My favorite caliber is the 22LR followed by the 32 Auto.
Good luck.
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I can add that with regard to the "Safety" mechanism; cycling it for on & off should be purposeful and result with a sured snap in either direction.

Any resistance from this movement is indicative of a "safety" or as it is referred to as "safety drum" [part] which is worn out and is in need of replacement...

I am the original owner of a PPK and having replaced mine recently after 28 years of light use.

The drum on the left is new and to the right, the 28 year old original...

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-- Make sure slide locks back on empty mags.
-- Check under grips for rust.
-- Check feed ramp for polishing jobs that have ground into the frame. (I won't buy a PP series pistol if it looks like the ramp has been polished.)
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Prices and value are subjective but if you're looking for both, the biggest tip I can give you is be patient. There are lots of really good guns out there in every price range.
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