Manufactured in Uruguay during WWII by the Italian Celmi brothers, this incredibly rare semiautomatic was in limited production for only a few years. Although a few were reportedly bought by the Uruguayan State Oil Company for their security teams, few survived. This example is a single action blowback-operated pistol patterned after the Walther PP with an FN1910-type extended barrel bushing. Fixed front sight and drift adjustable rear sight. “T-AUT CELMI – CAL.7.65 – PAT. No 3537, MONTEVIDEO URUGUAY” on the left side of the slide. Partially serrated trigger, serrated ring hammer, checkered grips, and ‘Beretta-type” magazine with curved finger extension. Striking plum colored frame and barrel bushing, the balance of the pistol finished in a uniform blue, the sides of the hammer polished bright along with the barrel hood. An extraordinary find for any collector of rare semiautomatic pistols or South American arms.
Extraordinarily rare and giant sized Celmi Model 1943 (Walther PP Copy), likely the only one in the United States, and prominently featured in a full length video on Forgotten Weapons.
VG-Excellent original finish with a wear pattern as one might expect from a service arm. The grips are in comparable condition with staining and handling marks. Bright bore. Perfect manual mechanics.