She’s Right

Tam on the Walther PPK:

I concur. Maybe back in the day if you wanted to carry something smaller than a 1911 or a S&W K-Frame the PPK was a pretty slick rig compared with the massive amount of single-action all-steel pocket guns in .32 and .25 ACP (Of course the PPK first was in .32 as well, still it seems all the PPKs people get all misty over are .380s) it was a really swell choice.

Not as microscopic as those little baby Colts and Berettas, but smaller than many of the larger blowback guns, plus James Bond, I can see the PPK being REALLY cool….in the 1970 and even the 1980s, but by 1995 the micro 9s were EXPLODING!

Also I wonder if that German Mystique was also a part of it. In one of his compilation books Hunter S. Thompson makes an offhand remark about reviewing a Commertial Walther P38 sometime in the 70s or 80s, and prattled a bit about how impressed he was with it…and yeah the P38 is a cool gun, but when Hunter was reviewing it, it wasn’t like the market wasn’t flooded with similar guns, and guns like Berettas that essentially copied and refined the design.

BUT GERMAN ENGINEERING! (Which I also consider drastically overhyped)

Just some thoughts.

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6 Responses to She’s Right

  1. McThag says:

    Deutsch Engineering lacht über Ihre “Zuverlässigkeit” und “Konsistenz”.

    Nicht Feed ist ein Test des Deutschen Geist! Die Nichtbeachtung der in einer richtigen deutschen gun ernähren zu löschen ist ein Triumph des Willens!

  2. Joe in PNG says:

    A pretty pistol, but lots of flaws. The trigger is terrible, the safety is annoying, the sights are bad, and it’s a great gun for cutting your hand to ribbons.
    I had the interarms version for a while, carried it for a bit, and got rid of it.

  3. Old 1811 says:

    Back in the 80s I owned 3 different .380s, a PPK/S, a Beretta 84, and an old single-action OMC/AMT Backup. Of the three, the Walther was by far the worst. Not only did it have an uncontrollable million-pound-pull DA trigger (estimated weight), the slide made railroad tracks on the web of my hand every time I shot it.
    I much preferred the Beretta 84 (also made as the Browning BDA). It carried, if I remember, 13 rounds, and had the height, length, and grip girth of a Colt Detective Special.
    Later on I decided not to bet my life on any bullet under 100 grains, and I no longer own any .380s.

  4. AuricTech says:

    “but by 1995 the micro 9s were EXPLODING!”

    ~puzzled~

    I thought that it was Glocks chambered in .40 S&W that had the reputation for exploding….

    ~/puzzled~

  5. Old NFO says:

    Good when they were built, for what they were. However they never really updated them, relying on ‘reputation’ rather than improvement.

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