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Walther Model 8

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by gunsablazin, Jun 16, 2011.

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  1. gunsablazin

    gunsablazin Member

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    I have a Walther Model 8 .25ACP pistol all I know about it is it was discontinued in 1945 or thereabouts. It is nickel plated with black plastic grips, and except for some surface rust in a few spots on the slide is in good shape for its age. Would a pistol like this have any collector value? I would like to sell it, but I don't know what a fair price for it would be.
     
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    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not sure nickel plate was ever a factory option, let me look into it. I suspect you have a 'trophy' bring-back. Do you know anything about its history?
     
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    I stand corrected, nickel version were available.. this site has some info on identifying the three variations of the model 8:

    http://unblinkingeye.com/Guns/Walther7-8/walther7-8.html

    Try to see which one you have, take a few good quality pics and post them here. Note all the markings you can find. The crispness of the markings will tell you whether it's been refinished or not.
     
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    A really quality blued specimen is selling on gunbroker right now for $650. A refinish will chop that value down considerably.
     
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    Dr. Rob,

    Thanks according to the markings, crown over N. and it has the take down latch on the trigger guard, it was made between 1930-40. I say from looking at the markings on the pistol that is has been refinished.
     
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    Take a look at http://www.simpsonltd.com/ they handle all manner of old Walthers, you might try and see what they'd offer before setting a price. I'd suspect you could still get $350-400 out of it in good working condition.
     
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    Sad to say, many GI's who brought back pistols in WWII had them nickel or chrome plated to make them more valuable. Needless to say, the result was the opposite. Many Lugers that would bring $2000 today in the original finish bring under $400 as plated monstrosities. Some sellers will put forth claims that such plated pistols were "special presentation" models, or "made for Hitler personally". All nonsensical lies, of course.

    Jim
     
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