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Old 02-02-2013, 08:07   #26
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I have a PPKs made by Smith. There is no question that it's a very high quality little pistol. Very accurate because of that fixed barrel design. It's been reliable for me. The Smith series of pistols are the only ones ever produced on modern CNC machinery, so the machining tolerances are more accurately upheld than any of the others, including Walther of Germany.

It was purchased for a concealed carry gun, and I did carry it for a year or so..........but, I wouldn't buy it now. For that purpose, and because it's chambered in 380, there are smaller and lighter options available these days.

The "James Bond thing" wasn't my initial inspiration for buying it, but that, and the long successful heritage it has, probably has something to do with why I still have it. Haven't shot it in 5 years, or so......now it's a collectible, and always looks very cool in my safe!

The recall was because there were some accidental discharges from thumbing the hammer drop safety. I didn't send it in to Smith, because I thoroughly tested mine and am satisfied that mine isn't a problem. I made up a dummy round with live primer, and operated the hammer drop about a thousand times. After all those times, there isn't the slightest indentation on the primer.

One thing Smith really blew it, is that gawd awful long tang. I would agree that a longer tang is necessary, because "hammer bite" has always been a problem with the PP series of pistols........but Smith totally went overboard with their unsightly long tang. I have the proper equipment to do so, so I shortened the tang about 1/4", and it looks better while still providing the necessary protection.

The PPKs is a great little pistol, but for practical purposes, there are better options available today.......but James Bond with a PPK just screams classy!

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Size comparison of PPKs to Kahr MK40......this pic was taken before I shortened the tang.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:44   #27
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... If popularity means so much, don't try looking at the sales figures for the PP series today vs the high-point pistols, or about any of the current crop of .380s for that mter. The Bodyguard and others are doing fine....
That takes some convoluted logic to compare sales figures for the year 2012 to those of the 1930's.

Once again we must 'agree to disagree'.

I'd say that the Walther PPK, PPK/S is not an underrated pistol and neither is it overrated. It is a fine well made and engineered firearm that was conceived at the early part of the last century that has stood the test of time well. Is it a Glock? No. Is it a High-Point? No. It is just a fine classic little firearm.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:52   #28
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.....It was purchased for a concealed carry gun, and I did carry it for a year or so..........but, I wouldn't buy it now. For that purpose, and because it's chambered in 380, there are smaller and lighter options available these days...


....The PPKs is a great little pistol, but for practical purposes, there are better options available today....
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Yes, I'm right there with you. My CCW's include the LCP, CM40, Glock 27. Each for its own carry parameters to fit the particular situation at hand.
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