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Walther PK380?

This is a discussion on Walther PK380? within the Handgun Discussion forums, part of the Handguns category; I came across a PK380 while gun shopping today and dont know much about them. Are they a good gun?...

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    Default Walther PK380?

    I came across a PK380 while gun shopping today and dont know much about them. Are they a good gun?

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    My future ex-wife has the Walther PPK/S .380, decent weapon, she likes it because of the ambi safety because she is a lefty and it has a little smaller frame. Out of 250 rounds it had 3 failure to fires, dimple in the primer but round did not go off (shooting Federals American Eagles). Like I said, decent weapon. Not MY first choice but she liked it. Right now I do believe that they are being carried and sold under the Smith&Wesson name.
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    I bought 2 for my daughters. They really enjoy them. The slide is easy to rack and, being that it is larger than most .380s, there is very little recoil.

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    Walther PK380...fires from a locked breech, ergo less perceived recoil....great size for control and aiming and small enough to conceal fairly easily...BUT you need a special little tool to disassemble (if I understand correctly) ... so ... field stripping for an emergency take-down could be a problem...but in general, most people that have em, love em... I myself have been trying to convince myself about one of these for a few months as I've developed REAL problems with recoil vs arthritic joints.... Also considering the CZ83 as its a tad bigger and all steel (heavier) for better recoil absorbing effect. Decisions, decisions!
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    My fiance wants one. She has a problem racking the slides on My 9mm and my .45. The PK 380she can rack with no problem.

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    Some of you guys are confusing the guns and putting all the different models into one.

    The OP is talking about the Walther PK380
    Category - PK380

    Not the PPK which shoots a .380

    Maybe this will help those of you who are unfamiliar with the different models

    Category - Walther Firearms

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    Have to agree with the slide being a bit easier for someone with weaker hands to operate.Most of my students with weaker hands love the PK380. Also , there is less felt recoil.Another advantage is you can always pick up the P22 to use for cheap practice . It feels close to have the PK380 in your hand and the money you save in ammo would pay for the pistol after a few visits to the range. As far as the take down tool, there is a simple replacement that you can pick up. The plastic tool from Walther is pretty flimsy. You can buy a schrader valve ( air valve) tool from NAPA stores for about $6 that is about the size of one of those small pocket screwdrivers.Also called a valve removal tool. Here is a link for a sample:Super price on Mastercool 81290 at ToolTopia.com.
    Here is a link for the screwdriver type at Amazon, just remember the one at NAPA Auto is only $6. I purchased two, one for the range bag and one for the cleaning kit on the bench.
    Amazon.com: Schrader 20141 Schrader Valve Core Torque Tool: Automotive

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    The only drawback I have seen is the lack of an external slide lock.

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    My wife carries a Walther PK380, great gun, 300 rnds not one problem. She cant rack my G19 but has no problem with the PK380, recoil is not bad at all. Highly recommend it.
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    Father in law has one. Solid .380. I prefer my Bersa Thunder .380....but I could be biased.

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