I know they're rare and therefore expensive but look at the condition of this one.
The original finish is virtually gone. If a little patina on a war relic is a good thing then this may be too much of a good thing
Upper and lower serial numbers do not match
Not listed as a C&R but no evidence of being a reweld, possibly C&R eligible
The stock which is missing a S/N is badly cracked around the upper tang. Shoot it and sooner or later you'll be eating splinters
Based on exterior finish the barrel is probably a replacement, possibly aftermarket rather than an original chrome-lined one
The safety and its related hardware are missing
The rear sight is crooked. Could be famous Russian wartime quality control or it could be a trashed rivet hole and a loose sight.
There is something definitely, seriously wrong with the takedown catch likely needing the attention of a 'smith.
For this someone paid $16.5K (13, 750 + 20%) which was actually a bit less than I anticipated. I dropped out of the bidding on this one around $12K. I just saw too many issues.
In the same auction a much nicer PPS43 went for a hefty $24.5 K.
Maybe it's just me but these prices seem totally out of hand.
Edited by StrangeRanger, 19 January 2020 - 07:01 PM.