Walter LW55 Current Value

Joined: July 9th, 2018, 8:04 pm

July 9th, 2018, 8:24 pm #1

While prowling a local shop I found a Walther air rifle with a tag that read "Model 55."  The research I've conducted so far suggests that this is an LG55.  Caliber is .177, and the stock is not the Tyrolean style.  The rifle has unusually attractive wood, apparently walnut of some kind with a tiger stripe pattern in the butstock.

The rifle has been very well kept, with an excellent appearance to both blue steel and wood.  Mechanical condition unknown as it relates to seals, etc.  Target sights appear to be complete and consistent with photos I have found on line.

I have no idea what this rifle may be worth, and am seeking advise.  I have become aware that these were a very well respected gun in the 50's and 60's but they are vintage items that may be difficult to locate parts for, etc.  The price tag is $450 USD.

Short of shooting this gun to assess it further, what else should I try to determine about it to see if it's a reasonable buy?

Thanks for any help.
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Joined: December 10th, 2010, 9:59 pm

July 9th, 2018, 10:26 pm #2

$450 is a bargain in my opinion, it all comes back to condition, if it's as good as you describe then you should add it to your collection. 
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Joined: May 28th, 2005, 9:13 pm

July 9th, 2018, 10:49 pm #3

Walther LG (not LW) 55's are easy to work on, so the seal situation isn't a big deal.  The figured walnut you mention, is kind of a big deal just in terms of desirability & pride of ownership.  Do make sure to look at the buttpad; if the rubber is decrepit replacements are like hens' teeth.   I would expect you can haggle the price down a little and have a dandy shooter.  For reference, I recently sold a flat-out new in box LGV with beech wood at $450 with the new owner expecting to replace seals.

Don R.
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July 11th, 2018, 10:29 am #4

I purchsed the gun at $400 USD.  Lovely old gun and I'm a sucker for pretty wood.  Wonderful weight and balance.  Testing at home shows the seals must be replaced.  Trigger and springs feel OK.  Anyone have an idea of a parts source for the seals?  I emailed Walther out of curiosilty but hold little hope that they will continue to provide any parts support for a gun this old.  
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July 11th, 2018, 1:57 pm #5

John Groenewold at  jgairguns.biz  will have replacements for both the older screw-retained leather seals and the newer keyway-mounted plastic type.  If it's leather, you can also make one from a hardware-store cup washer.

Don R.
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July 11th, 2018, 8:30 pm #6

Cool.  Looking forward to getting this critter up and running. 
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Joined: December 10th, 2010, 9:59 pm

July 11th, 2018, 9:38 pm #7

I'm a sucker for pretty wood too.

Any chance of a pic?
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Joined: March 18th, 2011, 6:24 am

July 11th, 2018, 10:31 pm #8

the piston seals are not all the same, after looking for parts out of nothing else to do there are early and late style pistons and they take you guess it different seals
https://sites.google.com/site/davesairguns/home/repairs

and there is a look at modern seals from Waffencenter Gotha
https://www.waffencenter-gotha.de/shop/ ... ter_id=310

just info

http://anotherairgunblog.blogspot.com/2 ... tours.html

https://www.google.com/search?q=walther ... 1347573536

even Numrick have some parts who would of thought


https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-manufa ... -air-rifle

and this


http://www.carlwalther.com/page2.htm

now I will go away
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July 12th, 2018, 9:05 am #9

You guys have been great with all of the info.  Scratches are only in the finish and don't reach the wood below.  Granite is from local fieldstone and in the background just for fun.  Our Maine mosquitos were at lethal level so the photos were done in haste. 
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Joined: February 6th, 2016, 12:38 pm

July 12th, 2018, 9:19 am #10

Love that wood as well!
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