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Posted October 01 2009 - 06:26 AM
So, does anyone know anything about the current PPK? I know that some were recalled. I know that Walther licensed various manufacturers to make the guns. (Interarms, S&W, maybe more)
Which ones are better?
Which ones should I avoid?
And finally, is there any version with a left handed or ambidextrous safety?
Posted October 01 2009 - 06:59 AM
If you plan to carry it in normal DA mode, it's not a big deal as the safety would be off anyway. The "safety" is mainly used as a decocker on PP/PPK guns.
Actually, I managed to break the safety on a PPK using it as a decocker (if the hammer drops on the safety enough times, eventually it will break), so if the truth were known, I don't use that safety for anything.
The PP/PPK guns are very historic and nostalgic and just hella cool but IMHO they are way overrated as "shooters." I have a pair of them and they don't get out much because I have other small guns that work at least as well (if not better) and are more pleasant to shoot.
Posted October 01 2009 - 07:28 PM
I acquired my first PPK in Germany back in the 1960s. There is indisputably a certain style to the pistol, not to mention all the history behind it. (Hitler used one when he committed suicide in his Berlin bunker just as the Soviet Army was closing in on him.)
By today's standards, the PPK and PPK/S are a little large and heavy for a pistol chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge. However, a PPK would certainly be a fine addition to any collection. Smith & Wesson holds the current production license in the U. S., and their versions have a longer tang than the original German models in order to eliminate the famous "Walther bite." (I still have a faint scar on the web of my right hand as a souvenir from my original PPK.)
I don't usually cite Wikipedia as a source, but I've read its review of Walther's PP series of pistols and noticed no errors. You may find it to be of some interest.
Posted October 02 2009 - 10:19 PM
Posted October 02 2009 - 10:34 PM
The PPK / PPKs is definitely a gun you should try before you buy. They eat some people up.
Posted October 02 2009 - 10:36 PM
I was actually looking for a Sig 232, but the price was too good an opportunity to pass up. It is stainless finish with light wear.
It shoots great, I wouldn't feel under armed with it. Yes it gets style points, but it is a practical little beastie, and sized just fine for me. I picked up a couple extra mags from Smith and Wesson's Walther USA web site, and it rides in a Bagmaster holster when I am at the range. Yeah, Bagmaster, I admit it, and it it works fine.
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