END OF WW2 WALTHER PP PISTOL
Hey guys! I decided to do a quickie this morning because I got a gun in that we've already talked about. I don't have to do a lot of development about this gun because if you're a regular subscriber you already saw the video about what happened when the GIs took over the Walther factory in April of 1945. If you haven't seen that you need to click here and watch that video first because that sets up this gun. So we did that video and just yesterday this gun came in, after the video has been posted for a while. And it was picked up in the factory by a GI at the end of the war. And here's how I know.
Guess how I know it was picked up by a GI?
Obviously the first thing that stands out is it has…most of it has no finish. There's no logo at all, there are some small parts that are blued, so it was put together with parts. And just as an added bonus you'll notice no proof marks. If you look at any standard Walther PP or PPK you know that there are proof marks on the ejector port and the slide. There's also one on the end of the barrel, but it gets no respect because nobody ever knows it's there, but there is one there. This gun has no proof marks, so it was never issued. Also you'll see no serial number where it should be here on the frame, but it did have a serial number on the slide. The serial number on the slide by the way, corresponds with some of the last of the highest number serial numbers recorded. So very end of the war this was a slide in the factory, a frame that was unissued, a GI put it together from leftover parts.
Let’s have a closer Look
So some interesting pieces on this. First of all very common, this has the early weighted grips. If you know anything about production, they only did weighted grips early pre-war and then they went to the hollow all plastic grip. These are weighted by a metal insert in there. They went to a hollow unweighted grip during the wartime period just…probably to save expenses. But this has early weighted grips, it has blued small parts, you can see the rear, sight, the hammer, the trigger, the trigger guard and the ejector, you'll see fire blue. Now that didn't happen till pre-war, they later just went to a straight bluing process. But pre-war they did a fire blue ejector and a fire blue safety lever. And you can see that on an early gun.
This gun was definitely put together by a GI
This gun has some early parts, it has some unnumbered parts, it has some number parts, and the magazine is just a straight finger extension, wartime magazine. So you can check that out. So this was definitely put together by a GI or a Polish forced labor, one of the two because they were putting them together as souvenirs for GIs before they got the opportunity to go back home.
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