1968 walther ppk


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guns4unme
November 5, 2006, 07:09 PM
Hi I just join up on this forum. I have been seeing a lot of good info on here. I have a couple of questions for all of you. I just picked up a 1968 walther ppk 380 wondering what the average these things go for. and also how much would i hurt the value if i had re blued. The gun has light surface rust and some minor scratches other wise in great shape. took it out and shot it today and the little thing was pretty darn accurate. grouping about three inches at 15 yrds with a couple bullet holes touching each other all ing the black center ring some in bullseye. also i was wondering were i could find some good info for complete disassembly. any info would greatly be appreciated, thanks to all. Mike

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dfariswheel
November 5, 2006, 07:47 PM
In order:

Value depends entirely on actual condition. A rusty version will have a lower value no matter the condition of the rest of the gun.
As a ball park price, a Walther in 90% condition would be worth "about" $450.

Since there are plenty of these versions around and your's is already lightly rusted, a GOOD re-blue would have little bad effect on value.
Here's a couple of places that offer high quality re-bluing work:

http://www.fordsguns.com/index1.htm

http://www.apwcogan.com/Greetings.htm

Here's a link to an Owner's manual showing disassembly:
http://www.stevespages.com/page7b.htm

FAIR WARNING: Do not attempt full disassembly of the slide OR frame. You'll be sorry you did.
The trigger and draw bar assembly is a BIG PITA to get back together.

If it needs to be detail cleaned, let the pros who do the re-blue do it for you, since they have to do this anyway.

MICHAEL T
November 5, 2006, 08:00 PM
In 2nd on the full disassembly :what: Don't do it. Refinish if you want and enjoy it.

denfoote
November 5, 2006, 08:37 PM
Congrats on the new Walther and welcome to THR!! :D
Is yours a German made gun?? 1968 was the cusp year that GCA 68 was passed.
It sounds to me like you have a keeper.
Can you post some pics????

guns4unme
November 6, 2006, 07:17 PM
yes it is german made. shoots accurate. love it. ill take some pics tomorrow and post them. its the one that on the grips it says imported by inter arms. and hase the eagle with the arrows and branches. and says made in germany on the left side of the grips. the grips are brown mottled and it has a brown grip extension on the mag. I just saw one within 1,000 of my serial # on auction arms go for 751.00 or some thing . like I said earlier my gun has light surface rust in some places but over all not bad. fully functional. I guess it sat in some widows basement for 13 years. I was thinking about having it re blued but Ive been told it will hurt the value. any how thank you all for your replies. I will post some pics soon. thanks again.

guns4unme
November 7, 2006, 05:20 PM
here is the pic you requested.

Ron James
November 7, 2006, 08:09 PM
I believe in 1968 all the parts ( the compete gun) was still being made in France by Manurhin. They were then sent to Germany for assembly, final finish and proofing. Complete Wathers were not made in Germany untill after 1984. Just for information.

9MX
April 17, 2007, 06:45 AM
guns4unme,

i recently acquired a 1968 walther. however, the owner had it refinished which covered the factory roll marks on the frame. i'd appreciate it if you can post several angles of your pistol just for me to see the marks i'm missing. i'm planning to take the pistol to a smith and have those marks restored.

thanks.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/9MX/walther/IMG_1127.jpg

Onmilo
April 17, 2007, 10:13 AM
Manhurin produced Walther pistols from the late 1940s until 1985, Germany began producing them again then.
Even though the pistol may be marked "Made in Germany" they were simply final assembled and test fired there.
Manhurin pistols are just as well made as the German guns.

dfariswheel
April 17, 2007, 05:04 PM
9MX:
There are no marks on the frame other than the serial number.

All marks are on the slide.

The left side of your Walther is complete.
The right side will usually have the importer's stamp and usually the serial number.

Dr.Rob
April 17, 2007, 07:39 PM
A pre-68 pistol is worth more than a post 68 one. That $750 figure might be closer to the mark.

Walther experts?

Onmilo
April 17, 2007, 11:38 PM
A pre war or wartime PPK will bring $750.00 and up.
Post war PPK won't bring that much unless it is as new to new with the box, all paperwork, and the accessories.

I think $490-$575 is a more realistic value for an average post war .380 PPK

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