This is a very good and original condition pre-WWII Walther Commercial PP Pistol that was manufactured in 1937. This pistol is in 7.65 mm Browning caliber, also known as .32 ACP. This pistol comes with an original leather holster.
The Waffenfabrik Walther was founded by Carl Walther in 1886 in Zella St. Blasii, Thuringen Free State, Germany. After World War I, in 1919, the city of Zella St. Blasii was combined into the adjoining town of Mehlis to form the Twin Cities of Zella-Mehlis. Walther was known before WWI as a manufacturer of fine small pocket pistols. Carl Walther’s son Fritz continued this tradition when he introduced the Walther Model PP, which stands for Police Pistole, in 1929. The PP was the first double action, blow back, semi-automatic pistol that was commercially successful. About a year and a half after the introduction of the PP, Walther introduced the Model PPK, which stands for Police Pistole Kriminal, and was a shorter, lighter, and more concealed version of the PP.
The Walther Company began Model PP production at serial number 750,000, and PPK production around serial number 770,000. Initially, Walther manufactured both PP and PPK models in a combined serial number range with groups of either produced in sequential serial number ranges with the other model picking up sequential serial numbering where previous production left off. At first, both Walther Model PP and PPK pistols were both marked “PP” on the slide. As Walther was approaching the 1,000,000 production number, the company decided to add a “P” suffix to PP production and a “K” suffix to PPK production, and this occurred sporadically from 1937 to 1938.
Walther Model PP and PPK pistols were considered the favorite personal sidearm of the Nazi Party as well as subordinate Nazi entities such as the SS, Gestapo, and numerous Nazi Government entities. While Walther continued to sell its PP and PPK pistols commercially even late into the war, after 1935 many were nonetheless prioritized for private purchase for officers or for government purchase.
This Walther PP is in very good plus condition. The Frame retains the majority of its original blued finish with wear noted on the sharp edges. The Trigger retains the majority of its original finish with wear at the friction point where it enters the frame. The Trigger Guard retains 95% plus of its original blued finish and the guard spring remains strong. The Main Spring retains its original straw finish. The Hammer Strut retains virtually all of its original blued finish. The Hammer Spring Plug retains the majority of its original blued finish. The bottom, left of the frame has a “66” assembly stamp. The Sear remains correctly in the white. The Hammer retains the vast majority of its original finish that exhibits wear on the top front. The Trigger Bar also remains correctly in the white. The Magazine Release button retains all of its original blued finish with minor wear on the checkering. The release functions perfectly.
The Hammer Release and Hammer Block Plunger Spring both remain in the white. The Hammer Block retains considerable original bright blue finish.
The Chamber Shroud remains in the white on the top. The shroud has the correct national eagle over serif “N” commercial proof stamp on the right side. The Barrel is in very good condition and retains the majority of its original blued finish towards the rear one third with most of the wear and thinning along the middle and at the muzzle. The front, right side of the barrel has the correct eagle over serif “N” commercial proof stamp. The Barrel Pin retains all of its original blued finish on the exposed ends. The rifling is strong, and the bore has a very shiny appearance with only minor frosting in the grooves. The feed ramp is correctly polished to the white. The original Recoil Spring is present and has 17 coils and it remains in the white.
The backstrap retains 90% of its original blued finish with some scratches and wear on the outer edges and towards the bottom of the frame. The right side of the frame has the serial number “961124,” stamped parallel to the magazine well with the base line to the rear. The front grip strap retains 95% plus of its original blued finish with some scratches and wear towards the outer edges.
Both original black plastic Grip Panels are present, and both are in excellent condition with the sharp Walter Banner logo at the top and sharp checkering. These panels are the correct, early “heavy” type. There are no cracks noted on the grip panels. The original Grip Screw is present, and it retains the majority of its original blued finish with an unmarred single slot. Both panels fit tightly when installed.
The original Slide retains 90% plus of its original polished blued finish with wear on the sharp edges and some slight spotting wear loss on the sides and top edge, probably from holster wear. Most of the wear is concentrated on the right side of the slide. The left side has the standard Walther Banner, Zella-Mehlis address and caliber of 7.65 mm and the “Mod PP” designation. The Safety Recess retains the majority of its original blued finish, and the fire indicator still has all of its original red paint present. The matt rib on top of the slide retains the majority of its original blued finish.
The original Rear Sight is present, and it retains most of its original blued finish and is secure in the rear slide dovetail. This PP did not have the Loaded Chamber Indicator installed. The right side of the slide, just below the ejection port, is the correct eagle over serif “N” commercial proof stamp.
The original Firing Pin and Firing Pin Spring are present, and both remain in the white. The Extractor is present and retains 75% of its original blued finish. The original Safety Catch is present, and it retains the majority of its original blued finish. The Safety works perfectly.
This pistol comes with one original 8-round magazine. The magazine retains 95% of its original blued finish with minor scratches and wear on the body. This magazine is an early magazine and has the black plastic finger extension at the bottom. The finger extension in indented on the sides and has the small lip at the front edge. The lower left side of the magazine has only the Walther Banner, which is correct on pre-war PP magazines. The Follower retains most of its original blued finish and the Magazine Spring remains in the white.
This Walther PP comes with its fine condition and original black military contract leather PP Holster. All of the original stitching is still present and appears strong. The holster has an extra magazine pouch integral to the front on the leading edge. The securing strap is present as is the brass closure stud. The strap is secured to the flat with a steel rivet. Inside the flap is written in green ink “jcv.” The belt loop is stitched, and the holster exhibits minimal wear. The back of the holster is marked with the date “1934,” over the old droop, stick eagle stamp over the Waffenamt stamp “WaA8,” over the manufacturer’s name, “G.J. Ensink & Co. / OHRDRUF.” Since this is an early, military issue PP holster, it is possible that this pistol was a private purchase Walther PP by an officer in the Wehrmacht.
This is a very good, pre-war Walther PP Pistol from 1937 with a scarce 1934-dated military contract Walther PP Holster. This pistol functions perfectly.