Walther PP Chrome
My Father-in-Law just passed away and my wife inherited his Walther PP. I have searched the net for as much info on it as I can. I was hoping that someone could fill in the blanks, such as date of manufacture, where it was manufactured, etc. My wife told me that her father got the gun right after WW2. It is a PP, it is chrome or stainless .9 mm. It has the Eagle over the "WaA359" on the left side in front of the black plastic grips. The serial number is 202260 P. Thanks for any info.
I'm NOT a Walther historical expert, but the WaA359 is a WWII Nazi production stamp, indicating that this pistol is a war-time gun.
The war-time PP series pistols were made only by the Walther factory at Zela-Melis Germany.
PP series pistols were made before the war in calibers .22LR, .25, .32, and .380.
War-time pistols were mostly .32.
NO PP series pistol was made in 9mm, since that cartridge was MUCH too powerful for the small blow-back PP.
However, the 380 versions WERE stamped as 9mm usually followed with a "K" or the work "Kurz"??, which is German for "Short".
The finish is nickel, and after WWII it was quite common for souvenir pistols to be nickel plated.
I've seen ads from old late 1940's sporting magazines offering to nickle plate veterans souvenir pistols.
After the war, large numbers of veterans had Lugers, P-38's, Mauser HSc's, PP's, and all sorts of pistols plated to "improve" the appearance.
Today, it's not unusual to see these guns along with stories about how a vet "Took it off a SS Officer" plating and all.
In fact, there is no record of a war-time standard German military pistol ever being plated, or finished in anything other than dark finishes.
So, you have a nice war-time Walther PP pistol, which IS of less value because of the non-original finish.
Post your information on www.p38forum.com and click on pp/ppk forum. A gentelman named Dieter Marschall will be able to give you all the info you need on this pistol.
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