5/6/20 - This is a gorgeous and rare Party Leader Walther PPK from the Nazi era. The gun has minty original finish with just a bit of muzzle wear on each side of the slide. The serial dates it to late 1939 or early 1940, and is near the end of the correct range for the issuance of the Party Leader "Honor" Grip. The grip is excellent as well, with no cracks or chips. Nearly all PPK grips from that era will have tiny stress fracture, so this one is still on the higher end of the condition scale. Excellent bore and minty finger extension magazine.
The Walther PPK with Party Leader Grips was the "Honor Weapon of the Political Leaders". The Hoheitsabzeichen or High Insignia is the Eagle over Swastika found on either side of the grips where the Walther banner is normally located. The person entitled to wear the honor weapons that were awarded them by the Fuhrer were the Political Leaders of the national, regional and district territories, as well as leaders of local and support units. The persons who wore the honor weapon had their authorizations listed in the district personnel offices, and had to have in their possession a weapons permit issued by the police, which was obtained through official channels. These rare pistols were estimated to number around 3,500, and are widely faked, but this one is guaranteed original.