Post By Gene83
January 22nd, 2012 01:13 PM
Walther PPK for weak wrist?
Having been deprived of material goods as a child, my dad has poor impulse control when buying things. This has led to a whole bunch of crap in his house with As Seen on TV logos. It has also led to some really awesome things like remote control helicopters and my Glock 22 he can't use due to having a weak wrist from having it shattered earlier in his life. In his teenage years, he was really into the James Bond books and later on, the movies. He was at a gun store the other day and picked up a used Walther PPK (S&W made) in .380. The guy behind the counter convinced him his wrist could handle it. I was pretty doubtful until I got to hold it and was surprised at its hefty weight, so I have hope.
He was only back in town for a day so we didn't get to go to the range and it will be a couple weeks before he is home again. If you are familiar with the PPK, I'd like your opinions on it, especially regarding recoil.
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January 22nd, 2012 01:27 PM
While not familiar with the PPK, I am familiar with guns that were made based on the design. Considering the weight of the gun and the caliber, the recoil should be mild. I would stay away from +P rounds with it. Standard pressure rounds shouldn't be a problem.
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January 22nd, 2012 01:46 PM
You can install a lighter weight aftermarket Wolff recoil spring if you need to.
January 22nd, 2012 01:53 PM
I've got one. I don't find the recoil all that bad, but being a blowback design, it doesn't tolerate "limp-wristing" at all.
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January 22nd, 2012 04:00 PM
Yep...exactly what I was going to say.
Originally Posted by Gene83
The blowback design is not for those with weak wrists...IMO, he's probably better off with a revolver.
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January 22nd, 2012 04:07 PM
an older ( well, it rather has to be...) S&W 38 I frame.
Originally Posted by SIGguy229
has about the same power as a 380 and at least as much cool factor.
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January 22nd, 2012 05:03 PM
The PPK isn't what he wants. I'm another vote for a S&W snubbie. If the Glock was a no go, he will not like the PPK, and it certainly won't like him.
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January 22nd, 2012 08:26 PM
Have him try a SIG P238 or Colt Mustang. I own both a PPK/S and a P238. The P238 is much much more pleasant to shoot with the same ammo than the PPK/S, and smaller and easier to conceal.
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