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herbba
January 21, 2007, 02:26 PM
I am trying to identify a Walther 7.65 pistol that I inherited from my father. On the left side it says Waffenbrik Walther Zella-Mehlis. The sn is 254###. On the right side it says Walther's-Patent Cal. 7.65. There is a marking on the side which is a 5 sided figure inside another 5 sided figure with lines connecting the sides and an N underneath. It appears to be a Model 3 or 4.

ammo.crafter
January 21, 2007, 04:26 PM
have a very similar one from my father, too. A 32 acp (7.65 m/m) with the same makings and Swatz in a circle under an Eagle for for the air corp.

have a pix?

James K
January 22, 2007, 02:13 AM
The Walther Model 3 and the similar but enlarged Model 4 were single action pistols, firing from a striker. Basically, they were similar to the FN Browning Model 1910 and Model 1922. They are well made pistols, but nothing spectacular.

The "five sided figure" sounds like the stylized crown that was part of the German "Crown N" nitro proof mark until 1939, when it was replaced by the Nazi "Eagle N" proof mark.

Jim

RJay
January 22, 2007, 04:28 PM
The Model 3 was in production from 1910 to 1913 and the slide legend should read Zella-St Blasii. The combining of the twin cities of Zella -St Blasii and Mehlis into Zella-Mehlis was done in 1919 with the Fifth Variation of the Model 4. The Model 4 was in production From 1910 until 1928 .Close to 275,000 thousand Model 4 were made with 75,00 for the military. The Model 4 remained in use after the war with the Bavarian Police. Based on the description and the slide markings it appears you have a civilian Model 4 manufactured in 1926 to 1928. for information , the Model 4 is listed at 450 in exc, 375 in very good,300 in good, 200 in fair, 150 in poor. However! Any firearm that relates to WWII is appreciating in value rapidly. You have a valued heirloom from what is called the "Greatest Generation". Pass it on to your heirs. Hope that helps