November 15th, 2008 09:31 AM
Hi and welcome from Fort Worth TX!
Start here: Cornered Cat. Cornered Cat is a web site run by and for the lady handgunner. The Walther PPK is a nice gun, but may not be the best choice for you. Cornered Cat has information on how to be sure the gun fits your hand properly and tips on how to "rack the slide."
Spend a couple hours reading everything over there. It's a complete course for the lady handgunner!
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November 15th, 2008 09:52 AM
EOD - Initial success or total failure
November 15th, 2008 09:54 AM
Welcome.....try an over-hand grip.......Put your hand on top of the slide instead of behind the slide......works for my wife.....
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November 15th, 2008 10:22 AM
I was on Duval street last month.
Where do you go shooting there?
As for the PPK when you rack the slide don't baby it.
Pull hard and it will come back and just release
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November 15th, 2008 10:24 AM
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November 15th, 2008 10:46 AM
Welcome, How about a six shooter?
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November 15th, 2008 10:59 AM
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November 15th, 2008 11:22 AM
You should be able to rack the slide when someone shows you. If for some reason you can't, a revolver may be an option for you.
November 15th, 2008 11:32 AM
Greetings from Rocky Top Tennessee
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November 15th, 2008 12:14 PM
November 15th, 2008 12:18 PM
Welcome from Middle Tennessee!
Originally Posted by retsupt99
Originally Posted by ron8903
At the same time that you are pulling back on the slide with your "off" hand (careful if doing so overhand not to catch your hand in the ejection port [ouch!]), push forward on the grip with your firing hand. Rotate the shoulders and hips as necessary. Practice this unloaded until it works for you.
Originally Posted by randy7601
Of course, if you carry one in the chamber with the hammer down and the safety/hammer block engaged on the PPK, this won't be a tactical issue until you need to reload (which one hopes is not necessary). I never use the safety purely as a decocker, although it will work that way--eventually the peening of the hammer on the hammer block may break the block, then BANG! I use the thumb on my off hand to hold the hammer, then depress the safety and control the lowering of the hammer. If nothing else, it saves wear and tear on the firearm.
I apologize if I am "preaching to the choir," and welcome again!
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November 15th, 2008 01:36 PM
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November 15th, 2008 01:39 PM
Welcome from South Carolina. I echo what others have said. Go to www.CorneredCat.com. You will find a "wealth" of information to assist you in all aspects of firearms. Good Luck and again WELCOME!
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November 15th, 2008 02:10 PM
That works until you possibly need to clear a firearm malfunction.
One could possibly make the argument (I guess) that when the heart rate is up & adrenaline is pumping and a person is actually in a dire self-defensive situation they will somehow "find the strength" to operate the slide and clear a malf.
Originally Posted by falcon1
November 15th, 2008 02:39 PM
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