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I just thought I would share with the forum another rare little known Walther PP Variation out of my collection. Here is a little background on the Bahnschutz:

In 1933 the government of Germany established the railroad Special Protective Force. The members of this force were reguarded as special employees of the railroad, though most were recruited from the SS & SA. Although they performed duties similar to that of the police force, they were under the direct control and supervision of the German National Railroad system. The mission of the Bahnschutz was to maintain law and order on the railway property, and to protect the german railroad installations and stations, preventing larceny, espionage, and sabotage.



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This gun's only unqiue feature is the 1940 stamped under the model pp designation on the left part of the slide. The gun is a hi-polish C/N gun. This gun also has one numbered mag as well as a unnumbered one. The holster is a black DRGM marked one, and has a ink stamp under the top flap "Bahnschutz R.B.D. Stuttgart 1940".
 

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Very nice display of Railroad Police weapon,thankyou for posting the picture.It appears to have seen little use as even the holster shows little wear. Is the holster stud aluminum like the Po8 police holster
 

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Very nice display of Railroad Police weapon,thankyou for posting the picture.It appears to have seen little use as even the holster shows little wear. Is the holster stud aluminum like the Po8 police holster
 

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it is not as simple as it might look at first sight: The German railway police certainly did not only own Walther PPs, but other pistols (FN 10/22 etc.), too. Why should they issue only the "war-worthy" PP to the relatively unimportant railway police as late as 1940? Then again we must bear in mind that the "Deutsche Reichsbahn" was subdivided into different areas, which were relatively independent. So we know of Walther PPs issued to their police by the "Reichsbahndirektionen" in Münster/Westfalen (992 XXX P - 993 XXX P and 153 XXX P range), in Halle/Sachsen (157 XXX P range) and Stuttgart/Württemberg (158 XXX P - 160 XXX P range). There is still a lot to research, before we draw (too early?!) conclusions.
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it is not as simple as it might look at first sight: The German railway police certainly did not only own Walther PPs, but other pistols (FN 10/22 etc.), too. Why should they issue only the "war-worthy" PP to the relatively unimportant railway police as late as 1940? Then again we must bear in mind that the "Deutsche Reichsbahn" was subdivided into different areas, which were relatively independent. So we know of Walther PPs issued to their police by the "Reichsbahndirektionen" in Münster/Westfalen (992 XXX P - 993 XXX P and 153 XXX P range), in Halle/Sachsen (157 XXX P range) and Stuttgart/Württemberg (158 XXX P - 160 XXX P range). There is still a lot to research, before we draw (too early?!) conclusions.
Dieter.
 
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