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I just bought my first Walther. It is a PPK 9mm Kurz, blued. No box, 1 magazine. The pistol is, I believe, in 95-98% condition. Can you guys help me out with the age of this pistol? Serial number on the frame is 242892A. The serial number on the slide is the same without the A suffix. Is the letter at the end of the serial number significant This seems to be a really well made pistol and I am looking forward to shooting it this Saturday. What are your opinions of the PPK, since I am a Walther neophite. Info and feed back on this site is usually very good. I am anxious to get all the info I can on this pistol.

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Gary
 

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Gary, can't help with the serial number, but if it was proof tested in Germany there might be a proof mark and date code on the pistol. On the SIGs and HKs the date code is two characters (A-K). I have an Interarms US made PPK/S which I really like. I can get 3.5" groups at 25 yards with it, which is pretty impressive for such a small sight radius. I have a CZ 83 that is even more accurate, but a lot bigger. The .380 is a lot of fun to shoot. It is cheap and the blowback guns recoil like a bigger caliber.
 

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Markings

It would help to know what markings are on either side of the slide.

I've carried a 1970's PPKS for years and been very pleased with it.
 

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Does it have the 'MANHURIN' stamp or the 'ULM' stamp, and is the Walther banner logo present?

It is really difficult to date Walthers on number alone due to badly/destroyed records and strange numbering system.
 

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PPK

Hi Guys,
Thanks for the response. The markings on the left side of the pistol are as follows:
Carl Walther Waffenfabrik Ulm/Do.
Walther Banner Modell PPK Cal. 9mm Kurz
Made In W. Germany

Right side of pistol:
Slide
Serial Number 242982
Interarms Alexandria Virginia
Some kind of bird with an N beneath it (please pardon my ignorance)

Frame
Bird with N again IA and something that looks like a toothed sword (?)
Serial number 242982A

Barrel has the bird with N also

You folks are very kind to take your time with this subject. Hope this is helpful.

Gary
 

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If the IA is part of the proof mark- it might indicate a 1980 proof date.
 

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I have a pre-1968 ppk, post 1968 ppk (both 380) and a ppk/s in 22lr. They are an absolute joy to shoot. I admit I don't shoot the pre-68 at all. I have had no modifications to them and they function just fine.

If I could I would get a suppressor for the 22 lr. I saw one in Las Vegas and it was sweet. But I live in California so its a no go.

Anyway, enjoy the purchase. One of the USPSA clubs I shoot at had a pocket pistol side match. It was a blast to shoot and try to reload quickly. Spare mags, parts, holsters are all over the place. There is a Walther forum somewhere you could join as well. Enjoy!!
 

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There was a PPK that was made here in the states. Thats the one I got. Mine's blue steel and it runs sweet.
 
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