Earlier this week, I discovered this Service Model Ace. A serial number lookup indicates it's from 1978. It was used, but very little. It came with two magazines, the original manual and paperwork, as well as the styrofoam from the box (although not the box itself).
I took it home and spent an hour cleaning up it. Here it is afterward:
Normally I don't shoot .22 LR, but this looked so out of place among the Kimbers, Rock Islands, and other guns it was in the case with, I decided to give it a good home (I have a new, unfired Service Model Ace from 1980 that I bought a few years ago).
While the rimfire pistols made by Walther look like real Colts, are inexpensive, and fun to shoot, there's no mistaking them for this. This is the real deal, and the craftsmanship is exquisite.