The Walther that isn’t a Walther while at the same time it was more Walther than others

I love Walther PP, PPK, and PPK/s models and have several. For example, I give you my favorite circa 1974 PPK/s with period Zebrawood grips by Malibu’s Jean St. Henri.

However, despite the Ulm, West Germany rollmarks, the gun above was made in France by Manurhin. Whomp, whomp.

With that being said, check out this gun from mid-1950s East Germany:

The above is a Zella-Mehlis P1001-0, with “fake” ac-code stamps. It was essentially a Walther PP that was made by Germans in Germany on Walther’s old machinery and often included left-over WWII-era parts.

But it’s not a Walther…

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