The New Walther PPK is Made in the USA

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The Walther PPK is a confounding pistol. The full sized Police Pistol (PP) is hard to find these days, outside of an auction house. Here in the states, the PPK is still rare. The PPK/S, though, is very familiar and about to get a lot better.

Classic lines on the walther

On the outside, it is a classic Walther. Both the PPK and PPK/s are now made in USA.

This is the moment patriotic PPK fans have been waiting for: an American made PPK. These are being assembled in Fort Smith, Arkansas, at Walther USA’s headquarters.

In the past, the PPK/S has been imported from Germany or produced by other American gun companies. You may find a PPK/S with an “Interarms” label, or some of the Smith & Wesson versions.

stainless ppk ppk/s

The milling on the stainless is really crisp.

Understanding the origins of the PPK (Detective’s Police Pistol) here in the states requires an understanding of GCA68 import regulations. The PPK was too short to be imported. The grip, too, was short. The combination of a short grip with the compact barrel meant the gun could not be imported.

Walther came up with an innovative fix. The PP had a longer grip. They began with a modified PP frame, and the compact PPK slide and produced a pistol that satisfied import regulators. It is designated the PPK/S. Think of the “S” as “Sport,” which is what the feds wanted–a gun with “sporting” uses.

ppk ppk/s mags

The stainless mags on the Walther PPK are solid single stacks.

Changes to the Walther PPK/S?

Over the 90 years of the PP’s history, there have been numerous changes. This latest version is also updated.

Walther is beefing up some internal parts of the frame, giving their new PPK and PPK/S a longer life span. They have also made some adjustments to the trigger bar.

The magazines are stainless and come with the finger extension. While it adds a bit of length to the grip, the extension makes the gun much more comfortable during recoil.

PPK fixed barrel

Inside, the Walther has has some modifications.

The milling on these new guns is exceptionally clean. I went down to the HQ in Fort Smith and got an early hands on with these. They are as beautiful as you would expect from a PPK.

What’s next for the Walther line? There are plans in the works for some special editions. The guns will be available in stainless, or in blue. New grip additions are coming, too. These should be on the shelves by the time this gets up. If they’re not, they will be soon.

David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. He was a college professor for 20 years before leaving behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry.

  • Koy

    When are they expected to ship out?!

  • Koy

    From what I’ve heard, they’re supposed to ship after Shot show.

  • Steven Johnson

    What calibers? Love to see 32 and 22lr versions.

  • BraveNewWhirled

    God Bless America and all the people legally therein.

  • S B

    It is called a Trojan Horse. They have Americans assemble stuff but in return they 1) get the profits to send back to Germany 2) get a ton more American sales and potential government contracts because people think they are (as) American (as any American company then) 3) get, probably, cheaper labor than EU labor.

    Honda makes jets now and Toyota is getting into that business too. Guess where a lot of their R&D facilities are headquartered? Just like they made only small cars decades ago they are making Tundras ( and more bigger Land Cruisers, Lexus, Pilots, Armadas, etc.) They will some day kick us (U.S. military) out of Japan when they have better planes (and smart bombs and nuclear weapons – remember they have nuclear power plants there so they are familiar with the tech) than us and it was all paid for by the Trojan Horses they sold the American public. 50% of Honda’s world profits were from the country of the United States of America. Every Boeing employee who buys their vehicles had paid more and more to get rid of their own job, well, unless they are absolutely top notch engineers then the Japanese will let them work for them someday.

    Kind of like HP assembling printers in Singapore. No one thinks of Singapore as a super power because they are not the owners of the technology in which they produce. They are just cheaper labor. We are proudly becoming a third world nation. Good luck with that.

    Start a gun company and make a better gun if you are that passionate that the existing U.S. companies that makes guns are that inferior. Kind of like Elon Musk the South African, who apparently, has more American soul than anyone who just complains about American guns or cars or anything else and then goes and buys foreign.

    American sovereignty means nothing, even to “patriots.” We won’t last another 50 years with this way of American thinking.

    But hey, great gun, go out and buy one or dozen, their awesome!

    • bjensen

      Not anything you need to worry about as you’ll be dead long before then…..

      • S B

        Why,? You going to kill me? Most likely with a foreign gun. Because I could easily live into my 90s so you must know something. But, if you do have something to do with it then make sure all the spirit portals are closed everywhere you go because I promise I will travel through them and destroy your soul every opportunity I get.

  • Glenn Jodopeg

    Very nice looking “classic” pistol,,, but, I had a PPK once, it was the absolute worse designed action I’ve ever used.
    No slide catch, so removing a magazine in a mis-feed was a two handed adventure…
    An action spring that was so stiff I had to order a softer version which threw off the accuracy…
    crappy, stiff hammer, not much good in a quick draw situation,,,non adjustable sights with a red front dot, totally sucked…
    I paid $670 for an over engineered poorly functioning 380 pistol….

    The Walther PPK need a make over, because with better ideas like the Glock 42 and Ruger LCP2, with extended magazine options and both priced lower and much lower than the PPK
    Walther won’t be selling very many of their out-dared little paper weights.