Gear: Walther PPK/S

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Walther PPK/S

Walther / Interarms
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: 500.00
Average Rating:
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(49 Votes)
Description:

Small, reliable 380ACP weapon of german design. Accurate and dependable.

Member Reviews

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    usnrma, Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:47:08 UTC.
    1st review

    I have one of these that I purchased in 1995 when Interarms held the American contract. I use it for backup and off duty carry. This weapon is very reliable and spot on accurate even at distances up to 50yrds. I prefer the older Interams to the current Smith&Wesson Walther USA version as the fit finish and just the overall build of the weapon is far superior.

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    CaptBill, Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:11:13 UTC.

    Great Back up weapon. Now that I am retired looking for something a tad smaller and eaiser to conceal in my baggy shorts. But I will keep my PPK/S next to my bed stand.

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    Enrico_VE_Italy, Wed, 21 Nov 2007 22:42:04 UTC.

    I have one of these built in duralluminium (I hope that people could understand this word in English) in 1953. It's still perfect and perfectly working too. You can carry it in your pocket or everywhere yo want without any problem. I think that it also is much elegant. It is the 007's most traditional handgun.

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    Hate_The_Drake, Wed, 12 Dec 2007 09:33:56 UTC.

    I am a big fan of the PPK/S. I am planning on having my mom buy one and sell it to me after I get my tax return. I'm 20 otherwise I would buy it myself. i wont be able to carry it for a year, unless something goes wrong in my attempt to aquire a ccw after i turn 21. i can own it legally, just not buy it from a dealer.

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    Retleo, Thu, 03 Jan 2008 05:59:26 UTC.

    My first backup weapon in the mid 70"s was the ppk/s (German made). Small, accurate, easily concealed and very dependable.

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    HamsterOnTheBarbie, Wed, 09 Jan 2008 00:24:10 UTC.

    I have owned my PPK/S for over two decades and it's still one of my favorites for concealed carry. On the downside, the 380 is a tad on the small side for knock-down but use federal Hydroshoks of Glasser Safety Slugs and you will have a dependable lifesaver when your butt's on the line.

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    zipper, Sat, 01 Mar 2008 05:35:54 UTC.

    My dad has one of these, we took it to the range and I loved it .380 is a tad on the small side though.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 01 Mar 2008 05:48:28 UTC.

    I have owned one (made by Interarms) since 1998 and love it. Very accurate and comfortable to shoot. Very concealable and a good back-up...with Federal rounds of course!

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    Sammie2, Mon, 03 Mar 2008 01:19:41 UTC.

    Because it would be a nice firearm to have.

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    pittbull, Wed, 02 Apr 2008 08:51:33 UTC.

    Excellant conceallable and all around funtional weapon for up close and personal situations.

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    mical66, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 02:44:10 UTC.

    This is a great weapon!! It is not as big as the Sig P232 which makes it eaiser to conceal.

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    TBaby, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 02:50:48 UTC.

    This booger will take the top of your thumb off if you arent careful

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    bignormb, Thu, 01 May 2008 22:44:35 UTC.

    I have shot nothing less than 100% with this awesome weapon. I use it for my back up. Walther got this one right.

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    aaa111, Thu, 01 May 2008 22:48:22 UTC.

    well made pistol

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    Anonymous, Fri, 16 May 2008 22:23:31 UTC.

    Had this weapon for several years. Its excellently made. However, 9MM short or .380 cal as its better known as, is under powered and its suitable for only those who are afraid to fire the more powerful 9MM parabellum or better yet, 40S&W. Much better choice than a 22 or 32 for the lady's .

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    wmhutchison, Sun, 18 May 2008 23:33:19 UTC.

    I've got one of the last German production to legally enter the U.S. Great back up. It has been a little picky about what I feed it but does work well with Winchester ammo.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 25 May 2008 02:37:11 UTC.

    Had mine for over 25 years and it's still one of my favorites. Small, accurate and very reliable.

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    Ukeduke, Wed, 23 Jul 2008 21:20:03 UTC.

    3 stars simply because it's a Walther - fantastic little ankle-weight, but I'd recommend Bersa's model in .380 as they're about half the price and every bit as reliable as the Walther. Buy the Walther and you're basically tossing in the extra ~$300 for the name.

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    Posse44, Thu, 24 Jul 2008 02:25:35 UTC.

    Great little gun.

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    TheMunz, Fri, 08 Aug 2008 20:43:25 UTC.

    I own one and have since 1988. Always had great luck with it until I put about 5,000 rounds through it. Then the springs had to be replaced due to use. It wasn't ejecting so well. We carried them as a back up weapon in NARCO as well, though no one was happy with them except me. If you limp wrist the weapon it will stovepipe a lot. We eventually dropped it from NARCO and went with a small S&W 9 MM.

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    sidearm, Wed, 10 Sep 2008 16:43:48 UTC.

    A nice light all-around, easy to conceal .380 for backup, off-duty and close range confrontations.

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    Moriarti, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:44:37 UTC.

    Used to own one - traded for a Glock 29 in 10mm - the PPKS is a very classy little gun and easy to carry - but I wanted something to kill bad guys dead.

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    rhood, Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:09:43 UTC.

    a great little gun, won it at a FRiends of the NRA dinner

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    rangerman50, Sat, 27 Dec 2008 13:08:48 UTC.

    I own 2 PPk's and a PPK/S love em all. I've carried the PPK stainless for 10 years. Never a problem with any, except it's easy to over set a 7 round mag in a PPK.

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    ianmcian, Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:48:24 UTC.

    Not sure if I am writing a review of the Interarms and the Smith&Wesson or both. I've owned three, one Interarms and two Smith and Wesson. Of the Three I actually got my first Smith and Wesson to run well enough, after two trips to Smith. The Interarms never fed anything but FMJ and the Second Smith never fed anything consistantly at all. I consider it the 1911 of pocket pistols. I believe it holds the record for the shortest length of time the Kentucky State Police ever issued a firearm. It is very accurate, very pointable, great single action trigger and suprisingly usable double action trigger considering the weight (maybe 15 pounds). Plan on shipping it back, hope you get lucky.

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    comtimo, Wed, 21 Jan 2009 02:10:34 UTC.

    I recently bought this as my off duty weapon. I can't say enough about it. I'm not the most accurate shooter w my Duty Glock, but I was hitting a five is circle almost everytime I've shot the gun. It's really easy to conceal and have never had any issues with it.

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    bikeboy17, Mon, 16 Feb 2009 23:16:56 UTC.

    I have one of these that I purchased in 1993 when Interarms held the American contract. I use it for backup. This weapon is very reliable.

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    cpowell5266, Fri, 27 Feb 2009 02:57:17 UTC.

    I have carried this weapon for over 20 years and has made an excellent back up . The only issue I have had is that is does not feed hollow points very well, so I keep 1 hollow point chambered and the rest are ball

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    hbg522, Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:01:06 UTC.

    great back up gun but a bit pricey

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    WesternLawman, Fri, 27 Feb 2009 22:56:28 UTC.

    Outstanding backup weapon or for use as retired officer. I've had one since 1998 and it is outstanding. Never a jam or stovepipe yet. Accurate and dependable.

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    GovMonster, Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:13:16 UTC.

    Have owned my PPK/S since 1987 and I still love it. Carried it as a back-up and off-duty weapon when I was on the job, and it's a dandy concealed carry weapon now. Classy pistol!!!

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    robertchip, Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:07:42 UTC.

    My father left me a new S&W PPK/S and I was very disappointed when I fired it. The pistol consistently malfunctioned with FTE and FTF. It is a very handsome pistol and packs nice.
    It is currently at Cylinder and Slide for a massage. Hopefully they will make it function more reliably. I would recommend against spending $500 and another $350 to make it function properly. Bersa .380 Thunder is fantastic and superior, just not as handsome as the PPk/S.

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    donvabeach, Sat, 28 Feb 2009 23:27:53 UTC.

    I own a stainless steel Walther PPK (same pistol, smaller grip) which I bought new back in '82. Among other pistols I own are a vintage Browning Hi-Power and a relatively new Glock 26, both 9mm's. In truth, both the Hi-Power and the 26 feel softer shooting than that little blow-back PPK .380. Also, I've cut myself (on the pad that joins my thumb and index finger) more times than I care to remember. I like a high hold on the grip of all my pistols. That, coupled with the sharp rear-quarters of the PPK slide, will cut my hand every time, if I don't consciously grip down a little. The sights are pretty much worthless....too small. But, as a closeup "shot to the gut" kind of weapon, it would probably be as good as my old .38 Chief's Special....same size hole. In truth, while it's nice and small and pretty, I'm not crazy about it, and rarely use it. My old S&W 36 is my backup weapon of choice to my favorite carry piece, my Baby Glock. One last thought: I notice that on some other boards, some people talk down the .380 round, or say that 9mm pistols are for girls. I don't agree at all. Our men have been incapacitating bad guys with 9mm's for a long time. And, who would want to stand in front of the wrong end of a .380? It all comes down to personal preference, and shot placement. Last thought, I shot a box of rounds through a Ruger LCP .380. Much nicer shooter, although it looks like a cap gun. If I had to choose just between the PPK or PPK/S and the Ruger, I'd go with the Ruger....hands down. Since the LCP is a locked-breech pistol, rather than a blow-back like the PPK or PPK/S, recoil is extremely mild. The backstrap's formed better too. No bandaids when I left the range after shooting the LCP.

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    ajs01, Sun, 01 Mar 2009 02:11:19 UTC.

    One of the most reliable weapons I've used

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    Deltaboy1984, Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:06:56 UTC.

    A great classic pistol, Over priced and the pre-1990 0nes are way better IMO to the new ones I have gotten to shoot a 1950's West German model that a friends dad had brought back from his time in Germany after WW 2. It shot great and was sweet to carry. I shot a newer one last year and it doesn;t have the feel, quality or accuracy of the older ones.

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    commando31642, Mon, 02 Mar 2009 21:25:59 UTC.

    i think it would be a great back up weapon for sure

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    wiseass0282, Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:20:11 UTC.

    Nice gun but jams now and then

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    Anonymous, Sat, 21 Mar 2009 01:03:07 UTC.

    I owned two stainless models and a blued one, and they were all great backups and/or off-duty weapons. The stainless model is easy to keep clean, and they are all lightweight, easily concealable, dependable, durable, accurate, and extremely tough. I never had a jam or misfire with the PPK, but it often has a lot to do with the type of ammunition you use.

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    Bulldog136, Fri, 27 Mar 2009 05:45:29 UTC.

    Great little pistol. Very durable.

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    AverAmerican, Sun, 05 Apr 2009 03:26:19 UTC.

    I have the German made stainless. Load the Winchester Silver tip +P rounds. Very easy to conceal. Excellent accuracy at 10 yrds (30 feet). At 15ft well I would not want to be on the other end of it. I keep in excellent condition. Never had a problem. I carry as secondary or the wife carries and her PSD primary weapon. I looks really cool in my Galco holster. Range time is fun time with this weapon. Everyone always want to fire it. I guess its the 007 image.

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    GoneToPlaid, Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:03:34 UTC.

    Well, I am brand new here and I found this site while searching for ppk/s reviews since I owned one back in the early 1990's. Mine was produced by Interarms. I loved this compact pistol even though it almost always jammed when firing the first shot after cleaning it. Thereafter it would jam maybe once every 50 rounds. So this is why I rate the Interarms version only 3 out of 5 stars. And of course I have read tons of horror stories related to the more recently produced S&W version. The problem is that used Interarms ppk/s prices are rather high since it seems to be highly sought after compared to the S&W produced version.

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    cencom1, Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:14:44 UTC.

    Great little back up weapon with easy concealability. Accurate too1

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    jvaccaro, Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:43:17 UTC.

    This is the gun you want to carry on duty as your Secondary weapon. This gun is great and slim for the vest holster carry. I have never had a Malfunction and it is very easy to maintain. I use HydroShok ammo and be assured that if you have to go to your last resort weapon, you want one that will do the job and hopefully get you home. This gun will do it. Excellent choice of Backup, as a Firearm's Instructor, I highly reoommend it.

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    Uncon214, Sun, 27 Dec 2009 21:23:11 UTC.

    I like PPKs as a whole. I think they're cool. But they work very well (although ammo picky) and are quite accurate and well made. But you should know that they are not drop-safe unless carried on-safe.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:51:39 UTC.

    great off duty weapon , reliable and compact

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    Anonymous, Sat, 01 Jan 2011 00:48:09 UTC.

    I have had 2-3 and the last one is made by Smith&Wesson, I like them !

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    caspat935, Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:04:38 UTC.

    Concealable and easy to carry, and is an acurate weapon. Is the backup weapon I want.

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    gon1010again, Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:48:55 UTC.

    Love it, given to me by my father and I carry it as a back up. Very reliable, and handles great. The version I have is from the 70's made in Germany

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    x_YPD_HCSO, Sun, 08 Jan 2012 16:08:05 UTC.

    This my third Stainless PPK/s. I carried the Interarms version down in Harris County, Texas as a backup to the Colt 1911 that I carried as a duty weapon. It fit perfectly under my left arm under my kevlar vest side strap. NEVER misfired, misfed, or FTF. The new S&W version is made better. It feeds everything, nice, tight grouping, especially at critical distances. With today's new ammunition (Z-Max, Hydra-Shok, DPX) and a Crimson Trace Laser Sight, it is VERY FORMIDABLE. It is great for concealed carry (which I recommend to our CCW students). It fits nicely in a coat or large (cargo) pants pocket, concealment t-shirt, or IWB holster. As with any firearm, you have to know your weapon(s). Fit and function are perfect, and of Walther quality. Personally, I like a metal gun. If you don't want the laser sights, I'd definately put a set of Pachmayer grips on it. I've had no problems with getting my thumb tore off or getting the web of my hand bit either. Excellent defender, quality and dependability are worth the price. The thing many fail to realize, is that the lighter the weapon, the bigger the recoil. A small polymer frame gun with a .380 or larger round is going to kick like a mule. The PPK/s has the perfect balance for me, as well as my wife. The new S&W PPK/s is a keeper for sure, well worth the extra cost. I have no problem depending on it today, as I have in the past. The etching was a little too pronounced, but a little Stainless Polish smoothed it out just fine.

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