It’s official, the Walther PPK and PPK/S .380 ACP pistols are back in production and are shipping to dealers.
The Walther PPK is one of the most iconic pistols ever produced. Not only is it famous for being the sidearm of choice for James Bond 007, but it’s sleek and distinctive look and virtues as a concealed carry pistol have made it an enduring icon in the world of firearms. In many ways, the PPK is the 1911 of concealed carry pistols.
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But what’s particularly notable about this new PPK is the fact that it is genuinely Walther made.
While Walther made the PPK from the 1930s to the 1980s (and the PPK/S following its formal introduction in 1968), in the 1980s production was handed off to Interams in the United States. The PPK pistols still had the Walther name and logo on them, but they were Interarms made.
This continued until 2002, when Smith & Wesson took over production of the PPK and PPK/S pistols until the early 2010s. Again, the pistols were still licensed by Walther with their name and logo on them, but they were not actual Walther-made pistols.
However, that changes this year. The slides of the new PPK and PPK/S pistols are built at the Walther factory in Germany and then imported into the United States, while the frames are built at Walther’s factory in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where they are then assembled before being shipped.
To put things in simpler terms: these are the first PPK and PPK/S pistols since the 1980s that are authentic Walther-made pistols and not just Walther-licensed copies. And this is also the first time a PPK or PPK/S of any kind has been officially in production since the early 2010s.
The new PPK and PPK/S pistols are offered in both black and stainless silver finishes. They also feature an extended beavertail on the frame to help prevent slide bite, and all are chambered for the popular .380 ACP round (at least for now, as it’s possible that Walther may introduce .32 ACP caliber versions in the future like they used to offer). The PPK holds 6 rounds in the magazine, while the PPK/S has a longer grip and holds 7 rounds.
WALTHER PPK FAQs
Some of the most popular questions about the new Walther PPKs:
What are the key features of the new Walther PPK?
The new Walther PPK stands out with its shorter grip, barrel, and capacity, which minimizes its overall weight and size. It comes chambered in .380 ACP and holds 6 + 1 in round capacity. It features a beavertail extension to protect the shooter’s hand from the slide’s movement. Its frame is made of stainless steel, offering durability and resistance to rust and corrosion. The sights are fixed, and it has a manual safety feature. The overall length of the Walther PPK is 6.1 inches, making it an ideal compact firearm for concealed carry.
How does the new Walther PPK perform in terms of accuracy and reliability?
The new Walther PPK is known for its excellent accuracy and reliability. It offers a remarkable grouping at close range, making it ideal for self-defense. As for reliability, the new Walther PPK is enhanced with a double-action/single-action trigger, providing a consistent and clean break every time. Multiple users have noted that the pistol performs reliably with a variety of ammunition types.
Is the new Walther PPK comfortable to shoot and carry?
Yes, the new Walther PPK is generally comfortable to shoot and carry. It’s designed with an ergonomic grip, allowing a good hand fit for most shooters. For carrying, its compact size and light weight make it easy to handle and conceal. The added beavertail extension on the Walther PPK also helps to reduce felt recoil, making it more comfortable to shoot compared to other compact models in the market.
What’s the price range of the new Walther PPK?
The price of a new Walther PPK generally falls in the range of $800-$1,00. The cost varies depending on specific features and the retailer. It’s always a good idea to shop around and check prices from different sources before making a purchase. You can find a variety of Walther PPK models and features for sale at guns.com.
How easy is it to maintain the new Walther PPK?
The new Walther PPK scores high on ease of maintenance. Its design allows easy disassembly for cleaning and maintenance. The stainless steel frame also means less worry about rust or corrosion. Therefore, with regular maintenance routines, your Walther PPK should last for years. However, it’s recommended that you consult the user manual or a professional for specific maintenance requirements and procedures.