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.