Polizeipistole! A 4th variation military Walther PP
Our fifth post in the ‘Polizeipistole!’ series is about a 7.65mm Br Walther PP pistol that was produced in the Zella Mehlis factory in 1944 and accepted by the Waffenamt inspectors for procurement by the Wehrmacht. This is the last PP that we are featuring in this series as tomorrow we will start with the PPK model. Read on for another LSB journey in firearms history…
The ‘Polizei Pistole’ or ‘PP’ was first adopted for military use in 1940. By the end of the war in 1945, around 84,000 PP pistols had been acquired by the Wehrmacht, of which only 1,500 were in 9mm Kurz (we shall be featuring one of these in the near future), while the rest were in the more common 7.65mm Br. calibre.
There are four distinct variations of the military Walther PP pistols, in the following serial number ranges:
165xxxP to 168xxxP – around 1,000 pistols in 7.65mm Br. calibre, 1940
198xxxP to 199xxxP – around 1,500 pistols in 9mm Kurz calibre, 1940
216xxxP to 234xxxP – around 13,000 pistols in 7.65mm Br. calibre, 1941-1942
235xxxP to 368xxxP – around 66,000 pistols in 7.65mm Br. calibre, 1942-1944
371xxxP to 390xxxP – around 2,500 pistols in 7.65mm Br. calibre, 1944-1945
The first three variations had a high-gloss blued finish, whereas the other two had a rough military blued finish. Some of the 5th variation pistols had no slide legend. Instead they were marked with Walther’s ‘ac’ code on the right side of the slide. The last ones produced do not even have the ‘eagle/359’ Waffenamt inspector’s mark and some even had mismatched numbers on the frame and slide.
The military-issue Walther PP pistol that we are offering today is a 4th variation manufactured in 1944. It has the rough military finish. The pistol has the ‘eagle/N’ Nitro Proof mark on the frame, slide and barrel as well as the ‘eagle/WaA359’ inspector mark on the left side of the slide and frame. The pistol has matching-numbered components and retains practically all its military blue finish. It is complete with its correct 7-round magazine.
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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.
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