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SN 3B. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Exceedingly rare Walther sheet metal prototype, blued finish, double action/single action, with rotary locked bbl (Steyr pattern) having large diameter muzzle band. This example has a 4-3/4″ bbl with a fixed front & drift adjustable rear sight attached to a machined slide with riveted bbl control cams. The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther banner. No safety catch on slide and no slide release for manual manipulation on frame. The all pressed sheet steel/spot welded construction grip is marked “3B” for purpose of importation. Mounted on the left side is a pressed takedown lever and a flat slide holdopen. On bottom of the left frame is a lanyard loop. A standard P38 magazine, marked “P38/U” is retained via a bottom magazine release. Wood grips are coarsely checkered & bordered, each retained by two screws. A precursor of the all pressed steel construction Walther Volkspistole, this example from ca. 1943 reflects a mastery of pressed sheet metal construction combined with a machined slide and turning barrel locking action, reminiscent of the Steyr M1912 or Nickl/CZ pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Approx 90% orig salt blue with age appropriate staining & fading, noticeably spotted over the Walther banner logo, with front & backstrap wear consistent with balance of gun. Excellent orig grips with only a few handling dings. No checkering losses, splits or chips.Right grip missing lower screw. Near excellent P38 magazine. Bright near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. One of Walther’s most desirable wartime prototype pistols, often regarded as the Holy Grail for advanced collectors. 4-53061 (65,000-85,000) – Lot 2236

Auction: Firearms - March 2015
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