Polizeipistole! Walther's PP pistol with Dural frame
Our fourth post in the ‘Polizeipistole!’ series brings us to an unusual variation of the Walther PP pistol, the ‘Dural’ model which had a lightweight alloy frame. We are presenting a 7.65mm Br. model that was produced in the Zella Mehlis factory in 1942. Read on for another LSB journey in firearms history…
The elegant ‘Polizei Pistole’ or ‘PP’ was introduced in 1929 in 7.65mm Br. calibre. Three more calibers were eventually introduced for this model: .22LR, the short-lived 6.35mm Br and the 9x17mm (‘9mm Kurz’).
Starting around 1935, Walther introduced a lightweight Duraluminum frame in PP and PPK models. These ‘Dural’ frame pistols were some of the first firearms to be produced using this aluminum alloy for the frame. This feature was considered exotic and innovative at the time. Duraluminum alloy metal was developed by the Dürener Company back in 1909. Walther made use of it to produce lighter pistols. However, they were ahead of their time and the market for alloy frames would only take off decades later. Consequently, few Walther PP and PPK pistols were produced at Zella Mehlis, and they are quite rarely encountered.
The only issue with these Dural frames is that only anodizing could be used, as bluing was not possible on an alloy. The anodization process was far from perfected and most Dural frames will show pronounced discoloration with use. Consequently, finding a Dural pistol that retains all its original finish is a major challenge for today’s collectors.
The Walther PP Dural pistol that we are offering today is a commercial variation manufactured in 1942. It has matching-numbered components and retains practically all its military blue finish on the slide while the frame’s anodized finish is surprisingly intact. It is marked with the ‘eagle/N’ Nitro Proof mark on the frame, slide and barrel, and comes complete with its correct 7-round magazine. This desirable pistol is in near mint condition.
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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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