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SN 042. Cal. 9mmp. Walther made a series of about 50 Armee Pistoles, all double action with an internal hammer, for testing prior to the military’s acceptance of the P38. This late production example has a 5″ bbl, drift adjustable front and a “V” notched rear sight. The sides of the slide were made with ridged reinforcement. The left side is marked “Waffenfabrik Walther Zella-Mehlis (Thur)” surmounting the Walther banner and the model denomination “Armee-Pistole Cal. 9m/m”. The slide mounted safety lever, has the fire position denoted by a recessed red dot. The right side of the slide is simply marked “Walthers Patent”. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number 042 in large digits that are repeated on the slide, the bbl, and the locking block. All of these parts, except the locking block, are also stamped with a much smaller inspection number “52”. The pistol has standard wooden AP grips, the left panel having a circular recess for the lanyard ring. It comes with two superbly crafted replacement magazines that are correctly numbered to gun with correct size and font digits. PROVENANCE: The Esteemed Collection of Noted Expert and Author Warren Buxton. CONDITION: 97%-98% bright original blue with sharp edge wear around the muzzle and leading edges of the slide. Minor wear under the tang and on the frontstrap. 70% original fire blue on the thumb safety. Excellent original wood grips having sharp checkering and only minimal loss. The inner surface of the left grip is marked with a penciled 042; each grip is inspector stamped 52. Near new replacement magazines. Perfect mirror bore and perfect mechanics. Overall, a superb and all matching Walther AP test pistol whose two replacement magazines are nearly indistinguishable from originals. 52337-1 LMA (27,500-35,000) C&R – Lot 2016

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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