There is a capital "W" stamped in front of the serial number.
Blue Book indicates this was something different, and worth more than pre war PPKs with out the W.
The pistol has "Crown - N" proofs.
As to taking it apart, I would like to do so to really clean it, as it appears it has not been cleaned well for a very long time.
I'm beginning to believe this "recoil spring on backwards" thing.
Is there any way to get the slide off, if the recoil spring is on backwards?
Finally, I'm going to need a new set of grips for it, as the original set are very warped.
Someone in the past assembled the grips on the pistol with the locking tabs on the outside of the frame.
This caused the forward upper and lower edges if the grips on both sides to bow outwards.
Any ideas where I could pick up an original set?
They are the tan-ish brown color, one piece grips.