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WWII Walther PP - seeking good way to determine value
« on: July 27, 2021, 07:26:49 AM »
I have a friend looking to value her WWII Walther handgun.  She is considering selling it.  Photos are below. 

Based on this site, https://www.germandaggers.com/Gallery/GW.php it look like it is the:
Walther PP Dural Frame - produced 1942-1944
Caliber 7.65mm - 8 round magazine
Approximately 8,000 produced

However at this site, http://www.tague.at/pistolen/en_index.htm

The serial # (818840-I asked if it was OK to post the SN and was told no problem) seems to be more in line with the mid 30's.  However the Serial # is not in the range (1935 stops just short, but then it jumps way past her serial # for 1936), and the 1940's dates #'s are not even close.

The photos do not show an import mark that I can see.  could this be a GI take-home?  Any ideas on age?
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Re: WWII Walther PP - seeking good way to determine value
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2021, 07:27:16 AM »
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Re: WWII Walther PP - seeking good way to determine value
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2021, 07:28:07 AM »
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Re: WWII Walther PP - seeking good way to determine value
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2021, 05:47:25 AM »
Just as a follow up on this.

The owner of the gun did some research and found discharge paperwork from her family member dated 1945 that lists the firearm as "Captured Enemy Material" and authorized the possession of the firearm to the returning GI.  So that was cool.

She also found an appraisal doc that indicated it was a Commercial released firearm (as opposed to Military Issued).  What this means is that the gun was purchased directly by a German Soldier rather than issued by the military.  Generally speaking only specific people could purchase firearms in pre WWII Germany (Officers in the military being the most common people to purchase commercial firearms).

This matches the research I did as well.

So in summary:
-Commercial firearm with a Mfg date of 1939
-Manufactured in ULM Germany
-This is a confirmed GI bring back, with the authorization form from 1945 intact listing it as "Captured Enemy Material"
-Value would be 1500 to 2000 depending on condition

Fun research project!
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