Newest Addition To The Arsenal...
This is a discussion on Newest Addition To The Arsenal... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So here I am at the gun shop with money to spend... and I have no idea what I want.
I already have multiple guns ...
May 9th, 2013 10:17 PM
May 9th, 2013 10:34 PM
I have recent Jan 2012 prodcution .380 PPK just like yours. I am VERY happy with it, and find it to be a far superior weapon to the polymer striker/light trigger DAO weapons flooding the market right now. Mine has proven perfectly reliable with a wide varity of ammo, both ball and jhp.
May 9th, 2013 10:41 PM
It's very smart looking!
I want one. I've had a love/hate relationship with the Walther PP familiy of pistols for 30 years. Have had at least four of them, in both .32 and .380. They've all been persnickety except one Nazi marked PP in .32 ACP. Don't have one presently but will get another one day. A timeless design that never looks dated. All steel. I once would have considered these pistols to be lightweight, but when compared with the aluminum alloy and plastic creations marketed these days, the little Walthers are weighty.
Recoil is a bit harsh in .380. I actually think my wretched Kel Tech P380 has a more pleasant recoil sensation than the heavier blow-back Walther. No matter though. The Walther's recoil is still tolerable and the pistol is glorious.
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May 9th, 2013 11:18 PM
Those Walthers do have a mystique to them.
Shaken or stirred?
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May 9th, 2013 11:21 PM
That is a thing of beauty. Nice choice.
May 9th, 2013 11:56 PM
Very nice. The PPK is on my short list. Not sure why ... 64, blanco64
May 9th, 2013 11:59 PM
I like it. I have often looked at those just because they are cool. I might get one someday just for the heck of it.
May 10th, 2013 12:19 AM
Is your name Bond? James Bond?
May 10th, 2013 12:23 AM
Very nice, I hope you really enjoy your new "range buddy"
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May 10th, 2013 12:50 AM
Shaken...not stirred. LOL
Originally Posted by DetChris
Thanks everyone. I'm pretty happy with this little gun...now I just need to get it out and shoot it.
May 10th, 2013 05:13 AM
My sister has a PPK clone made by Astra. The recoil is surprisingly unpleasant. The narrow grip seems to focus the snap right into the ball of my thumb. My boss' compact 1911 is actually more pleasant to shoot.
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May 10th, 2013 08:19 AM
I have read in the past on more than one occasion that the recoil with the PPK can be a little snappy. As long as its reliable...that is my main concern. I want to shoot it enough to keep my proficiency up with it, but I don't really see myself shooting tens of thousands of rounds through it.
I know one thing...that first DA shot is going to take some getting use too. It's pretty heavy.
May 10th, 2013 08:34 AM
Walther PPK vs. alternatives
I see that the OP has one of the newer Smith & Wesson PPKs with the larger beavertail to guard against the common PPK "slide bite" of the older versions. I've had the Interarms PPK below for about 14 years, and found it to have both pros and cons. On the pro side, the gun is attractive, well-made, very compact and has been quite reliable for me. On the con side it has a few drawbacks:
1. The DA trigger pull is quite heavy.
2. Gun is all steel, weighs 21 ounces, and is too heavy for easy pocket carry.
3. Slide bite for certain hands (but never bothered me).
4. Caliber is the somewhat weak .380.
When I have carried it I generally have used a minimal belt slide holster under a shirt worn outside the belt. It also works well as a backup gun carried in a briefcase or bag. I recently bought the Sig P238 shown next to it, and prefer the Sig because it avoids several of the "cons" listed above.
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May 10th, 2013 10:13 AM
Nice looking gun. Congrats.
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May 10th, 2013 11:35 AM
You'll love your new pistol!
I've had three "PP pattern" pistols:
70's vintage Astra Constable
70's vintage Interarms Walther PPK/s
90's vintage Sig P232.
The Astra was a little bigger, and about 3 oz. heavier than the PPK/s. Basically seemed like a pretty well-built pistol, but mine had reliability issues. A buddy of mine LOVED that pistol, and desperately wanted it, warts and all. He offered me a trade I couldn't turn down, with full disclosure about the reliability problem.
I loved the PPK/s, but I did suffer from the "slide-bite" problem (I have very big hands). It did have a (very rare) FTF, but overall was very reliable. Sold it because it was too much money for me to have tied up in a gun at the time.
The P232 is my favorite of them all. Also slightly bigger than the PPK, but a bit (~3 oz.) lighter. 100% reliable, super accurate, and no slide bite. With Hogue grips, it's the sweetest shooting .380 I've ever encountered:
The PP design is a timeless classic! Everybody should have at least one. Enjoy yours!
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