Polizeipistole! An early commercial Walther PPK from 1934
Our first Walther PPK in the ‘Polizeipistole!’ series is an early commercial 7.65mm Br. model that was produced in the Zella Mehlis factory in 1933, the year that Adolf Hitler’s NSDAP came to power in Germany. Read on for another LSB journey in firearms history…
The Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kriminal) made its debut in 1931 as the shorter version of the PP, which was first offered for sale in 1929. Just as it did with its predecessor, the Carl Walther company intended marketing the PPK for use by the Police, hence the choice of model name. The success of this new model was such that production of the PPK outpaced that of the PP. Apart from commercial sale and export, the PPK was also adopted by the Police, the NSDAP and its many branches, including the SS, various national institutions and the Wehrmacht. The pistol was initially produced in 7.65mm Br. and soon after in another calibres, .22 LR, 9mm Kurz and 6.35mm Br, the latter being the rarest of the four.
The PPK’s fame did not end with the Soviet destruction of the Walther factory in Zella Mehlis in 1946, nor with the end of its production by Manurhin in France or Walther’s new factory in Ulm, Germany. The post-war models were adopted by various army and police units in the Federal Republic and other nations, including Germany’s former enemies. The PPK also dominated the movie scene, especially with its use by Agent 007 in the Bond series.
The original design of the PP is now ninety-one years old, while that of the PPK just two years younger. Yet they remain two of the most elegant, recognisable and iconic pistols of the last century. The PPK’s popularity has led to the resumption of its production by Walther Arms in the U.S.A. and LSB will be stocking it later this year.
The Walther PPK that we are offering today is an early 90-degree safety variant that was produced in 1933, the first year of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’. The pistol is in impeccable condition, with matching-numbered components, full original high-polish blued finish, beautiful undamaged grips and correct magazine with finger extensions.
If you want to own an excellent early example of a Zella Mehlis PPK then look no further. Just send us a private message or phone us on 99471091 to reserve it. A Police transfer application will be filled in after your visit us to examine it and produce your 2020 Target Shooter Licence A or Collector Licence A. 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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