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Above – Gold-plated, engraved Walther semi-automatic pistol surrendered by Herman Goering at the time he was captured by Jewish Lt. Jerome Shapiro, along with Shapiro's U.S. Colt 45.
Schmauser wrote:I guess we will never know. But I can see it now, some old Russian peasant is using Hitler's suicide weapon to shoot rabbits in the siberian wilderness.
wolfen wrote:I remember reading an article in either Guns'n Ammo or a magazine published by Guns'n Ammo that i have. I didn't want to post till I found it but it seems to of disappeared. In it was a picture of a gold plated PPK engraved with acorns and oak leaves, it had ivory grips with AH cared in them and "blood pitting" on the muzzle. The ower caimed it was Hitler's suicide pistol and that he had brought it back from Germany in 1946. The writter of the article was skeptical of the claim because there was no proof other than this mans word(they never gave his name) and theres been more than enough time to make a convincing fake. Maybe someone can get a DNA sample from the "blood pitting" and test it against Hitler's skull fragment(if thats even possible).
The PPK, a smaller version of the PP, was made to fill the need for a compact concealable handgun used by undercover police officers. Many police officers today trust their lives to this little pistol as a back-up to their service sidearm. As a side note, PPK stands for Polizei Police Kriminal , and was first introduced in 1931. It saw extensive service in the German government and military during WWII. Walther produced more than 150,000 during the war. Some of the more collectable PPK's are the Party Leader, ones with a heel magazine release in any caliber, and those marked with a Waffenamt "RZM" and "WaA359". The Party Leader was not acually a special gun, but rather the grips that were attached to it made it special. It was awarded by the Fuhrer, though not presented by Hitler himself in every case. Beware of fakes. These are the most copied grips out there. Many people think there is a definite block of serial numbers for these guns, but there was no such block reserved just for this purpose.
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