Polizeipistole! A Walther PP pistol with lanyard ring
In this second post in our ‘Polizeipistole!’ series we are featuring a 7.65mm Br Walther PP pistol that was produced at the Zella Mehlis factory in 1937 and fitted with a lanyard ring, as often found on Scandinavian police contract pistols. Read on for another LSB journey in firearms history…
As already explained in yesterday’s post, the Carl Walther company introduced the ‘Polizei Pistole’ or ‘PP’ in 1929, first in 7.65mm Br calibre and soon after in three more calibres, .22LR, the short-lived 6.35mm Br and 9mm Kurz. The objective was to introduce it as a sidearm with Police forces. However, besides also being sold commercially, the pistol was soon in use by paramilitary organisations of the NSDAP, the Reichsbank, the Reichsfinanzverwaltung (RFV), Police units, the Wehrmacht, etc. Moreover, Walther also succeeded in securing overseas contracts, including Police forces in Scandinavia.
The Walther PP pistols sold to Sweden and Denmark are easily recognisable, since they include factory installed lanyard rings, a feature which was possible on this pistol but never put in use in those supplied to any of the German forces. The deliveries to both countries were relatively small and generally occurred around 1940, when the ‘P’ suffix had been added to the serial numbers.
However, the pistol that we are offering today is unusual in that it has the lanyard ring but bears a low serial number (973558) dating it to 1937 manufacture. It also has the ‘crown/N’ Nitro Proof mark, which was replaced with the ‘eagle/N’ mark in 1939. Above all, this pistol is in immaculate condition and possibly one of the nicest PPs that we have in stock now. All components are matching, and the high-gloss blued finish and fire-blue is like new.
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If you wish to own this rare and interesting firearm, please send us a private message or phone us on 99471091. It will be reserved for the first client who pays a deposit by Mobile or Online bank transfer. Police applications will be filled in after we receive the deposit and a scan/photo of the client's 2020 Target Shooter Licence A or Collector Licence A.
While our photos are as detailed as possible and do not hide any flaws, you have the option of examining the firearm physically, by appointment. Do not take any risks with overseas online auctions when you have the chance of knowing what you are buying. LSB’s knowledge and experience in historical firearms assures you of a good investment. We offer a lifetime guarantee on the genuineness of the pieces in our vast inventory so that you may buy in full confidence.
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