Evaluation of 8/23/01 from Dieter Marschall:
"The way the markings/serials are applied I think you bought a DeutscheReichsbank PPK. Some of those guns were equipped with painted sights to make shooting easier for the inexperienced bank people. The same was true for the cleaning/dismantling. That was the reason why the additional sn was applied."
Evaluation of 9/25/01 by Joe Wotka:
"We know positively that these models are properly called Reichsbank,
because collectors have examples in their possession with the requisite
paperwork and source materials which accompanied the original pistols.
There is no question that the pistols so marked were property of the
Reichsbank. The painted sights were normal and done by the banks."
Also, other collectors I have spoken with have given it the same designation.
Rankin called this pistol "panagraphed" (v.1,p.82), though, I don't think this is techically correct.
Note: This particular PPK also has a rare/odd characteristic: Left side grip screw.
Thanks for informations! I have seen two PPK and one PP with numbered slide & magazine. The slide number on your pistol is stamped by hand. The PP I have seen had pannagraphed SN, but it was before I started my records.
A friend of mine, this last year, from two different sources, purchased a DeutschReichbank PP and PPK. No doubt as to their originality and source as they were in the original Reichbank boxs that these pistols were kept in. The proper paraphenalia/papers originally issued with each pistol and kept the box was present.
There was something printed on the box, front or maybe inside. Reminded me of the type of labeling that is required to be attached to everything now-a-days. Can't quote it verbatum but went something like, "For use only when removed from box".
Both beautiful pistols. First ones that I had seen.
Michelangelo used a pantograph to reproduce his templates for painting the ceiling of the sistine chapel, but I still do not understand why one would need to use a pantograph to inscribe numbers on a pistol with an electric engraving pencil.
Want to see how a pantograph works ?
Take one out for a spin:
Wow, that's cool, 10 off.
Does yours have the painted sights?
Send that ser.# to Dieter. He already has mine.
That would really give some additional Reichsbank credibility
to both of our pistols.
Here a couple of interesting details from the original weapon regulation ( 6-2-40) of the German National Bank of the Reich.
This regulation includes 59 pages !
Download Attachment: Reichsbank.jpg
It is mentioned in the third paragraph that the magazine extensions also are numbered and in the fourth, that for special purposes pistols with Dural frame are established.
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