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I picked this up from a local estate sale and the story is this was a WW II era vet bring back. It has some interesting markings on the grip area. No import markings anywhere. Can someone please tell me what this is, or give me some info on it? Approximate worth? Thanks!

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Your PP was made at the Thuringia complex as shown on the slide, so it is a WWII pistol. Could be a Postal or Railway WWII Police pistol. Best to contact Dieter Marschall at the Walther forum. He is a Walther authority and will tell you exactly what you have. I lost his email address but maybe one of the members can post it. I contacted him a while back regarding my bottom mag release Thuringia PP in .380. He researched it and advised that it was made between 1940-41 in a small batch for the Luftwaffe.
 

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IMO, this is definately a early WWII era PP. The C/N markings are correct for a pre-1940 production PP. The black grips are correct. Rankin, who wrote a few books on these pistols, states that the "RJ" pantographed initials on the front grip strap could represent one of several NSDAP organizations, Hitler Youth being one. Also, suggested by Rankin are Reichs Justice Ministry or Reichs Ministry of the Interior. Postal or RR, no.
Check out the P38 forum, PP & PPK section. They might have some recent info on the grip strap markings. Nice pistol with some desirable markings.
 

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The pistol was made right at the time of the change over from the crown N to the eagle n - by ser nr. There was an overlap of both type proofs.
Definately agree that the RJ has nothing to do with the HJ. There was no such organization/branch of the HJ as Reich Jugend. It was DJ/HJ.
Nice Pistol!
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No, but the leaders did on some occasions. However this is Not one of them.
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I am try to track down the specifics of a pistol that is believed to be brought home from the war. It looks a lot like a Walther, but not a model I have seen yet. The grips have been replaced, so nothing there. In a previous reply, somebody mentioned the crown N proof. This pistol has a eagle over the same N. Not a waffenamp eagle, but real close without the swastika.

Anybody got a lead?

Thx

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The crown N and Eagle N are both commercial proofs and were used on all types of firearms by all the manufacturers.
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