So, my folks were coming up to visit and I asked my dad if he wanted to go shooting while they were here. He said sure, I'll bring my "old semi-automatic". Which I found odd, since I didn't know he had one. So they arrived yesterday and me and Dad eventually get to talking and shows me his gun. Its a Walther PPK.
I'm like, cool, how often do you shoot it? He says he never has shot it. But he gave it to a friend to clean up and that guy put a couple of rounds through it, then cleaned it up some more. Never having handled it, I asked him for the owners manual (I told him to bring it up with him). He hands it to me and its rather old...and all in German. Uh, Dad?
Long story short, it was my Grand-dad's (what I called my Grandpa). He "obtained" it during WWII.
Now I'm all curious and with dad in tow hit Google. With this lucky hit
, find out some history. In short, its a Nazi police edition PPK. Eagles with a "C" and "N"s. S/N 384878 K
Holster with gun in it & manual
Eagle near trigger, "C"
Eagles on barrel and Slide, "N". N on slide is worn off, and N on barrel is barely visible.
Holster, with spare mag in pocket. Darker mag is what was in the gun
Zoom on mag
Serial number, or something, in holster:
We went ahead to go the range today because he wanted to shoot another gun. Then the moment...and he wanted to shoot the Walther.
So, we loaded 5 in it, then he took aim. I cringed, just waiting for the thing to turn to dust after the first shot, but it performed flawlessly. We ended up putting 20 through it, with me doing the last 5. It was a nice little gun, being a .32 ACP (7.65mm), there wasn't much kick, at least, compared to my XD.
In a sense, we shot some history. I'm sure my dad has connection with it being tied to his dad, and me...well...just the thought that its nearly a 70 year old gun and was probably used by someone in the Nazi regime, was just...dunno the words...wow.
We drove home, talked about it, decided we could make up some stories about Grand-dad, the gun, and tie it to his Bronze Star, just to really juice up the history behind the gun. Grand-dad never did talk about the war. Dad alluded that he'd pass the gun along to me one day, but for now its his to do with.
We had fun the rest of today, topping off the night by taking the kids out to Fall Festivals. I just got done field stripping the Walther and giving some good TLC after today.
Oh...and the gun's still in great shape.