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SN 421317-E4. Cal. 7.65mm. 4″ bbl. Extremely rare/unique Walther PP, clearly an experimental example, whose slide legend is distinctly different from production guns. Of greater importance are the internal differences in the slide, with respect to the firing pin housing, and the operating mechanism that can only be appreciated upon disassembly. The slide is differently contoured compared to standardized production. The left side of the slide is marked with a similar rear sight, the usual 2-line address suffixed by the Walther banner and followed by the notation “E4” internally marked with an “8”. The right side of the slide and right side of frame are proofed Crown/N. Adjacent to the slide proof is the number “3” that upon dis-assembly has been stamped on the inner surface of each grip. On the right side of frame, just behind the trigger, is an electro-penciled “421317/E-4”. The number “4” has been carried forward to mark the left side of the frame under the chamber, the inner surface of the ejector, the inner surface of transfer bar and the lower spine of the mag that has an extended solid metal base seen only on the earliest pistols and prototypes. Wood grips are checkered with a border and recessed to house the experimental mechanism. Included with this unique and desirable pistol is the US Army Capture certificate dated Nov, 22 1945. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess; The Esteemed Collection of Noted Expert and Author Warren Buxton. CONDITION: Orig 97% bright blue with sharp edge wear and minimal handling marks as expected in a gun made more for manual evaluation than hard field testing. Excellent condition grips, slightly darkened,with some blunted checkering. A thin sliver is missing from the upper leading edge of the right panel. Bright bore with sharp rifling and minor frosting. Perfect manual mechanics. An extremely rare and interesting Walther PP for the most advanced collector. 52337-2 LMA (20,000-30,000) C&R – Lot 2018

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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