This could be it. My father ,who was in the 101st Airborne in WWII, took this from a German General in surrender. I've had it for years and now I can put it to use as a CCW pocket pistol. I have fired it and it works flawlessly. It's a Walther .25 ACP with an excellent safety. It fits anywhere and is invisible.
you are lucky - but - save it for a collectable
have it appraised for its value - it will only go up in value!
if you like the small size - and many people do - get the keltec 3AT(.380) or the Ruger LCP(.380) - they are barely bigger and are the minimum recommended for personnal protection - ALSO they will weigh either the same or a little lighter
keltec sells 1,000 a week (in 2006) and Ruger just came out with theirs.
I bought the Ruger
i had a colt jr in 1970 - aimed at my father-in-law's old rusty burn barrel (a 55 gal drum) and hit it square and it richoched back and hit me on the shin - glad i didn't aim higher
I think the 25acp is good for under 3feet - no one wants to get that close to an assailiant
I am on some interminable waiting list for the Ruger LCP. I may get it some day. Unlike many here, I consider smaller calibers as effective tools if used properly.
As to collector's value, I am at the point in life where I realize that keeping something in a safe and calling it valuable has no meaning for me. The little pistol's perceived value may appreciate after I am gone, but I won't care then. So I would rather "use" it, and experience it. That is its value to me. There is documentation in the Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA of how, where and when it was obtained, but really, how much value is it?
People will pay money for such weapons. I sold a beat up Chief's Special I had in Vietnam for a fair amount of money. But I would rather keep this and probably carry it around some.