Walther PPK RZM

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Walther PPK RZM

Postby martin08 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:13 am

Since these are seldom seen, I thought I'd share.

It won't win any condition contests with pitting, finish loss and cracks in the grips. But the Walther PPK is an authentic Nazi Party Official sidearm (NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, translated: National Socialist German Workers' Party) which is not commonly encountered.

Correct serial number range of 820,000 to 845,000 and Crown/N markings for the 1934-5 RZM production run, with the proper serial etching inside the slide, and ninety degree safety. The holster once sported a shoulder harness, but the straps are long lost. The holster's original purpose is unknown. Even though it fits the PPK exactly, I can find no other examples at this time.

Acquired directly from the U.S Army Veteran's son, who's potential heirs had no interest in the pistol.

Some pics, and thanks for looking.


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Here is a link to the development and purpose of the RZM, or Reichs Zeug Meisterei.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichszeugmeisterei

Basically, it was a party ministry which defined uniformity standards and quality control details. As it applies to the pistol, Walther assigned a specific production block of serial numbers (roughly) 820000 - 845000 when the standard was established in 1934, and built the guns into 1935. A few specimens have also been observed and verified above the serial range.

A more commonly seen representation of the RZM Logo is found on the SA (Brown Shirts) Dagger.

A relative few Walther PP examples from 1941 and 1942 are also noted with the RZM logo on the slide.

The 1935 guns were not military contract, and were offered for sale to Nazi party officials. Some will be noted with a rare grip variation where the Walther banner is replaced with the Eagle/Swastika, and are referred to as Party Leader.
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Re: Walther PPK RZM

Postby jeffchance » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:51 pm

Nice piece of history there. Congrats.
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Re: Walther PPK RZM

Postby 84minieldo » Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:21 pm

Sweet
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Re: Walther PPK RZM

Postby ampersand » Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:13 pm

Thanks for the informative post and pictures.

It's always good to learn something interesting.
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Re: Walther PPK RZM

Postby Flowmaster » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:48 pm

Where did you find this one? Another yard sale pickup?
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Re: Walther PPK RZM

Postby martin08 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:19 pm

Flowmaster wrote:Where did you find this one? Another yard sale pickup?


:D

Yard sales are postponed by snow for the next 4-5 months.

Local classified - just about as good.
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Re: Walther PPK RZM

Postby american lockpicker » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:56 am

Interesting piece of history.
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