Manufactured in limited numbers during the First World War, the Model 6 was Walther's first move into the full-size military pistol market. In overall design the Model 6 shows a very strong mechanical resemblance to Walther's vest pocket guns, while also meriting comparison to the Fabrique Nationale product of the time as well as later developments by Star with full-power straight blowback semi-automatic military pistols. Blade front and notch rear sights, with the left side of the slide marked "Selbstlade-Pistole Cal.9m/m. Walther's-Patent." over the Walther banner ahead of a small "GERMANY" export stamp and the early one-line address "Carl Walther, Waffenfabrik, Zella St. Bl." on the right. Zella-St. Blasii was one of the communities merged together to form Zella-Mehlis in 1919, which would remain Walther's headquarters until the Post-WWII Soviet occupation. Equipped with a niter blue finished external extractor, and combination thumb safety/slide stop.
Excellent with 97% of the original blue finish, showing a small amount of handling marks and edge wear. The finish on the extractor is bright and vivid. The grips are fine with a crack running from the screw hole on the right panel, along with some fading and minor chips. Mechanically excellent. A rare piece, missing from many collections, and an important link between Walther's pre-World War One pocket gun development and the P-38 and PP/PPK pistols of World War Two fame, in a condition that would be hard to improve upon.
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