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.
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.
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