Walther PPK Review | Olde English Outfitters

In the video below, Allen of Olde English Outfitters reviews the classic Walther PPK. As Allen points out, the Walther PPK has a long history to back it, as it was manufactured by one of the older firearms manufacturers in the industry (Walther was founded in Germany in 1886).

Bond, PPK Bond

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond with a Walther PPK
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond with a Walther PPK. Please do keep your finger off the trigger until you’re on target, though. (Photo credit: MGM Studios media image)

You may remember the Walther PPK as the iconic pistol that’s made countless appearances in the James Bond movies. Regardless of who plays Bond, the pistol seems to remain the same (sometimes). But there is more to the pistol than Hollywood, as we learn in this Walther PPK review.

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Clearly, Allen was feeling the Bond-esque vibe of this review as well. (Photo credit: Olde English Outfitters)

The Small Changes

According to Allen the PPK was the first truly successful double-action, semi-automatic pistol to be made. Not much has changed since it was first designed nearly a century ago but a few minor changes have been made. What has changed? For one, Walther PPKs manufactured today are chambered in 380 ACP but the original model was also offered in 32 ACP. To find out what else has changed, watch the video below.

 

Performance

The Walther PPK is a reliable carry pistol that was originally designed by the manufacturer for deep concealment. This compact size does mean less capacity — the gun has a six-round capacity, plus one in the chamber. It has an exposed hammer and a double-action/single-action trigger. If the idea of a double-action trigger makes you hesitate on this pistol, keep in mind it is simple to master with some trigger time, and it is a valuable skill to have in your firearms toolbox.

Safety features beyond the expected include a decocker — it was among the first handguns to have one — and a loaded chamber indicator.

Allen summarizes the PPK’s action and ease of disassembly when he says this in the video:

“This is a blowback-operated weapon. It’s not a locked breech gun, so the only thing that holds the slide shot is the recoil spring. That makes it a very simple mechanism. We take this apart, you’ll see this doesn’t have a whole lot to it. It is extremely simple to take apart and very easy to maintain.”

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Allen puts the gun through the paces to give you his best possible Walther PPK review. (Photo credit: Olde English Outfitters)

The gun ships with one 6-round flush-fit magazine and one 6-round finger-rest magazine. If you’re in the market for a compact, easy-to-conceal pistol that’s chambered in 380 ACP, you may want to consider going for the classic Walther PPK. Check it out online at the Walther Arms website.

Walther PPK Specifications

Manufacturer: Walther Arms

Model: PPK

Caliber: 380 ACP

Capacity: 6 +1

Barrel Length: 3.3 inches

Trigger: DA/SA

Trigger Pull Weight: 13.4 lbs (DA), 6.1 lbs (SA)

Trigger Travel: .04/0.2 inches

Overall Length: 6.1 inches

Height: 3.8 inches

Width: 1.0 inches

Weight: 19 ounces (empty)

MSRP: $849.00

 

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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