As we mentioned before, we did win two impulse-bought lots at the Rock Island internet auction. They were a Walther Model 8, an interesting PP forerunner with an internal hammer and single-action lockwork, and three Eastern European Cold War era guns: a CZ 52 in 7.62 x 25, a CZ 50 (similar to a PP) in .32 ACP, and an East German 9 x 18 Makarov. Here’s what our max bids were:
The bids on the parts and on the Tower Brown Bess weren’t really serious, apart from the bid on the AR-10 parts, and we half expected to get outbid anyway. (We were). We overbid for the Walther, as we discovered pricing them on GunBroker after bidding.
Here’s the results:
Those prices are net; there’s also a 17.5% buyer’s commission so we actually must pay more. Which we have already done, on the phone to RIA. Now they are waiting for our FFL to get them a copy of his ticket.
We’re looking forward to comparing the Model 8 to a PP, but we don’t actually have a PP on hand, just some PPKs.
The Ostbloc pistols are for having some fun with, shooting. The Cz 52 has a fascinating and unique roller-locked system; the Cz 50 was a standard cop gun for decades in its native land, and, well, we don’t have a Makarov and probably ought to. The Ernst Thälmann Werke made some of the best Makarovs, although we’re partial to non-import-marked Russians, which have slipped through our hands before.