5/29/20 - This is a rare Party Leader Walther PPK from the Nazi era. Usually when we offer this variation they are in excellent condition, but this one has a lesser finish, and is priced accordingly. Most of the wear is on the front strap of the pistol. The safety is missing most of its fire blue, too. The grip (the most important part) is darker than most we have seen but looks all original with just a little bit of warping at the top. The inside of the grip has the metal insert and the weight of the grip is exactly as it should be. A certificate of authenticity is available for this gun upon request. The gun has matching slide and frame. The serial dates it to 1939, and is in 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. Minty bore and excellent 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.