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Value is relative. Obviously it’s worth what you paid for it to you. If what you mean is “Did I get a good deal?” You’ll need to provide a little more info.
 

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I picked it up for $300 which i believe was a steal...I was just wondering what a normal market value would be on this gun. Also a possible year of manufacture.
 

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Yeah, that is an old pistol...ZM manufacture and crown/N so prior to 1940 if I remember the lessons correctly. Good caliber and what the pistol was originally designed for. You got it for a very good price. Can't say I like the grips though. There is a chart around here somewhere with SN/year of manufacture. The .32 is quite pleasant to shoot. 1917
 

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Thanks for the info 1917. The grips are pleasent to the hand but I plan on tracking down a factory set to complete the look. The gun is very accurate and way too fun to shoot!
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Nice find. You have an unusual PPK with a "W" suffix instead of a "K". That makes it a 1939 . The speculation is that the "W" may stand for “Wehrmacht”

It is a really rare serial number range. WIld guess would be US$2500 to a collector, but you don't have the original grips.
 

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The speculation is that the "W" may stand for “Wehrmacht”
On post-war guns, the meaning of the suffix "W" (for German "Wiederholung") was to indicate that a S/N was used twice by mistake. For the Zella-Mehlis models the usage of the same suffix is unexplained. Models with such a prefix are rare.
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It is very cool that I now own a very rare piece of history. Now to find those prewar grips....
 

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I think that is going to be a hard find. Perhaps some dark English Walnut from these folks until you can track down a set of originals....which are few and far between and command a high price. Many of them have cracked. GRIPS4u.net Perhpas others have suggestions. 1917
 

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It is very cool that I now own a very rare piece of history. Now to find those prewar grips....
Nice vintage one-piece grips can be quite expensive. And they are very sensitive and tend to break. They are also not very suitable for shooting.

Therefore the alternative would be a good replica reproduction one-piece grip or maybe even rather inexpensive post-war grip plates. Here you can see how they have to be modified: Post-war grip plates on Zella-Mehlis PPK
 

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Picked up an old walther last week and was wondering what the value and manufacture date might be. Finish is worn and with light pitting. Grips are not original. 32 caliber. Serial number 195190 w.
It does not look too bad but not original grips will hurt value deeply..... TODAYS VALUES ARE "ORIGINAL PARTS AND CONDITION" only.. I suggest you keep it as a great shooter... the big bucks go for Nazi marked, all original with perfect grips and in like new condition...
 

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Considering the state of the finish and pitting I don't think that it would be worthwhile to purchase a set of expensive (and fragile) original grips for it. However, it should make an excellent shooter.

What kind of magazine does it have ?
 

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On post-war guns, the meaning of the suffix "W" (for German "Wiederholung") was to indicate that a S/N was used twice by mistake. For the Zella-Mehlis models the usage of the same suffix is unexplained. Models with such a prefix are rare.
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That would make for a very special pair of pistols in ones collection!
One PPK with the K suffix and the other one with the W suffix! Both with the same serial numbers! :)
 
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