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Old February 24, 2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Walther PPK

Anyone have knowledge of early, pre-war (Zella-Mehlis) PPK models having been made with alloy or aluminum frames?

I know Walther made the post-war “PPK/L” (for lightweight) and have found references to some early PP models having
lightweight frames, just not the PPK yet.

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Old February 24, 2015, 10:29 PM   #2
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Yes, there were some. In 32 only, no 380s. They now command quite a premium.
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Old February 25, 2015, 01:07 AM   #3
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The Germans called it "Dural".
They are pretty rare. Add $500+ to a steel version of the same vintage and quality.
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Old February 27, 2015, 12:34 AM   #4
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Many thanks!

You've given me new directions to try to pin-down some
further info on an elusive (for me) one.
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Old February 27, 2015, 11:33 AM   #5
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Dural = an alloy of aluminum plus magnesium, proper name " Duralumin ". Last war time PPK in Dural was made in 1943, serial number 433521A.
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Old February 27, 2015, 02:37 PM   #6
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Interesting ...

The one in question here is a pre-war Zella-Mehlis marked, and has a serial number in the 80xxxx range.
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Old February 27, 2015, 03:27 PM   #7
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First use Dural S # 802200...
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Old February 27, 2015, 03:31 PM   #8
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They weren't really Pre-war....1942-43
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