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    Default Walther PPK

    i was given a Walther PPK and am looking for some history in regards to this model. It has the following markings: Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thur) Cal 7.62 m/m. The hand grips are brown with black swirls with a Walther banner/flag.

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    I'm no expert, but I would bet that you have a 1931-45 (probably Nazi-era) Walther. http://www.gunclassics.com/ppk.html

    In short, you have a bad-guy gun.

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    Yep, definitely Nazi: “Walther’s original factory was located in Zella-Mehlis in the state (Land) of Thuringia. As that part of Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union following World War II, Walther was forced to flee to West Germany, where they established a new factory in Ulm.” http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...46#post1188946

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarineHawk View Post
    I'm no expert, but I would bet that you have a 1931-45 (probably Nazi-era) Walther. http://www.gunclassics.com/ppk.html

    In short, you have a bad-guy gun.
    Bad-guy gun because it was a Nazi era gun??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarineHawk View Post
    I'm no expert, but I would bet that you have a 1931-45 (probably Nazi-era) Walther. http://www.gunclassics.com/ppk.html

    In short, you have a bad-guy gun.

    thanks, the pic at the link looks exactly like it.

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    Its a keeper for sure,congrats someone loves you
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    My Mom gave it to me, it was my Dad's gun. You are right, lot's of love there.

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    Nazi-era manufacture doesn't necessarily equate to a nazi weapon. Most of those were marked as such. There's a war era PPK in my family too (as well as a few of more recent Interarms manufacture. It's a very well engineered and manufactured pistol that I think is a joy to carry and shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Nazi-era manufacture doesn't necessarily equate to a nazi weapon. Most of those were marked as such. There's a war era PPK in my family too (as well as a few of more recent Interarms manufacture. It's a very well engineered and manufactured pistol that I think is a joy to carry and shoot.
    I had a Walther (PP?) in 7.62 (.32ACP) from early in the same era and it was Nazi marked...quite probably a WWII "bring back". It was a very well made piece and shot surprisingly well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    I had a Walther (PP?) in 7.62 (.32ACP) from early in the same era and it was Nazi marked...quite probably a WWII "bring back". It was a very well made piece and shot surprisingly well.
    I've been shooting it and it is a nice little pistol. But I haven't felt like James Bond, yet!

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    Probably more the Agent 86 type anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    Probably more the Agent 86 type anyway
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    The mid-late '30s were a time of prosperity in Germany and they made many fine weapons for the civilian population as well as military weapons under contract to other countries. My .40 / .338 wildcat is built on a '98 made for Portugale while my 1936 Merkle drilling was made for the civilian market. Both show very fine attention to detail; the Merkle drilling is as finely made as any gun I've ever seen.

    I've got a 1967 PPK in .380/9mm Kirtz; this thread reminded me I've got to go out and shoot it sometime.


    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Nazi-era manufacture doesn't necessarily equate to a nazi weapon. Most of those were marked as such. There's a war era PPK in my family too (as well as a few of more recent Interarms manufacture. It's a very well engineered and manufactured pistol that I think is a joy to carry and shoot.
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    I remember the classic lines from the first James Bond movie, when they took away his Beretta and issued him his Waltehr PPK in 7.62mm...
    '"Stopping power like a brick through a plate glass window." Even as a grade school kid I about rolled over laughing...
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    I believe the metric designation should be 7.65m/m. .32ACP goes by aka 7.65 Browning in Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    I believe the metric designation should be 7.65m/m. .32ACP goes by aka 7.65 Browning in Europe.
    You're right, I had to read the small print again on the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    I've been shooting it and it is a nice little pistol. But I haven't felt like James Bond, yet!
    Shooting the Walther never made me feel like Bond, it was all the gratuitous sex did that.
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    Default .380

    Even though the .32s PPKs are far more common James carried a .380 / 9mm Kurtz. After they stopped importing them in 68 the .380 PPKs were quite popular of many years; they even made the stainless ones in the USA later.

    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I remember the classic lines from the first James Bond movie, when they took away his Beretta and issued him his Waltehr PPK in 7.62mm...

    '"Stopping power like a brick through a plate glass window." Even as a grade school kid I about rolled over laughing...
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