This rare RSHA/SS issued pistol just came in from an old collection. In 98% mint crisp condition, with 2 matching numbered magazines, we have a rare and highly sought after SS issue Walther PPK pistol. This example is the very desirable “K suffix”, type 4 variant which was produced in early 1940. This example is very unusual in that instead of the 2 flat bottom spine numbered magazines it was originally issued with, the user obviously preferred finger rest magazines so he obtained 2 of them and had them numbered to the gun, probably per regulations in effect a the time. They are numbered across the finger rest in the style of the Reichbank pistols, certainly done in the field at an armorer level. We also believe that the name on the back of the holster, “Weaver 916” is a German attribution. Its highly likely that this was the identifier of a member of a Kripo or other RSHA/SS police/Einsatz unit.
These pistols were procured to arm the RSHA/Gestapo and SS Police and Security units that streamed into Poland right after the invasion in 1939 to liquidate intellectuals and other perceived enemies of the Reich in order to pacify and terrorize the population. In 1941 these units moved into Russia to continue the slaughter. The nefarious past of these pistols have made them highly sought after by both collectors and students of history and they are among the most significant firearm/artifacts of the era. These pistols with spine numbered mags and numbered slides were only identified as SS issue in the late 1990’s when archival records in Germany were discovered that identified their issue to and use by the Reichs Security Apparatus.