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View Poll Results: Is a semi-auto with a top 8 rd capacity obsolete?

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  • Depends on the skills of the shooter.

    18 81.82%
  • Depends on the accuracy/build of the pistol.

    1 4.55%
  • More lethal ammo makes up for less ball/FMJ.

    3 13.64%
  • Walther is a fossil no matter what U do.

    1 4.55%
  • Plenty of back-up mags compensate.

    2 9.09%
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Thread: Walther PPK/S .380 Feedback Requested.

  1. Hey Canis-Lupus.

    Funny that you mention the mags. I was in my local gun shop and was looking for an extra mag for my M&P 9mm when I noticed a bunch of Walther mags. The owner said they just came in and most were brand new. I picked through them and grabbed 2 flat bottoms and 1 with the pinky extension. Got them for $20 each.

    They all fit fine and I'm off to the range in a few min to test them out.

    TAG

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    Right!! Now Pay Attention!

    Canis the .380 is a good self defense round. i myself prefer the makarov . Walther is a goodbrand and HK4U love his P99 . i have heard though that the PPK does jam from time to time for some reason so be sure to practice tap,rack fire drills. and go ahead and practice your super sneaky moves with it!!! it 'll be fun and Lord knows will probably be useful. yes, i am a huge 007 fan { and brit comedy!!** and am looking forward to november when Quantum of Solace hits the screen! if you have not seen " Casino Royale" with Craig. you simply must. sorry. hopei ddn't hijack the thread! congrats on finding and getting it!!! and really go have some fun with it!

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    Talking There can be only one!

    Yeah Boris,
    I sat thru 'Casino Royale', (being the ex medic kinda dude I am) I would love to know how Bond comes out of a FULL cardiac arrest, gets the crap knocked outa him so many times he SHOULD have a face that looks like it hit a Mac-truck yet in the very next scene, (time-line-minutes later) ALL the cuts are gone (nothing heals THAT fast!), not a hair outa place, sitting at a card table and looking like a male model and the suit (that had blood all over it in the scene B 4) looking like it came right out of the dry cleaners shop, is just too 'BrittyWood' for belief. There can be only one!
    "No Mr. Bond...we want you to die!" Sean ruled & Walther PPK's that shot around 100 rounds without a single reload were acceptable. And the villains were always real evil nut-jobs bent on world domination, like Osama with a death-ray satellite aimed at Buckingham Palace!
    I'll have fun with it for sure, but my primary CC is and always will be the Springfield XD-9, with the Walther in a leg holster back-up for the rougher places I find myself, like trying to order extra cheese in a MacDonald's and the Hispanic kid behind the counter goes for the 10th time: "Que senior.... Beeeg Mac to go, si?"
    Looking forward to range day, when I can get this gun stripped and back together in under 3 minutes, not there yet :-(

    Canis-Lupus

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    Cool well, vesper did it!!

    yeah, i know... on the walther disassembly, see if the the trigger well pulls down and pull the slide ALL the way back. the makarov is based on the walther and that is how you field strp it basically. seems festus had posted a site that had links to every firearm manual in the universe..... surely walther has a manual online.

  6. #15
    I feel that all the Walthers are great weapons and this one is no exception. I do not own one but some day who knows. I do own a P88 and P5 Compact. I rank Walther right up there with HK's and Sig's. I think these three are perhaps the 3 best fire arms in the world. Then again I could be a little prejudice. As far as the 380 with the right ammo selection and proper shot placement it would do well. I prefer the 9mm but a 380 in the hand beats a 44 mag left at home ever time.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Talking oops!

    sorry HK! thought it wasa 99! that's what i get for thinking!

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    oh, one more thing....

    Canis , if you decide to carry it and maybe if you don't.... be sure to charge the weapon and then top off the mag. that will give you 9 shots. and the best tactical reload is another gun!

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    That's o.k. Boris. I thought I was wrong too once, but I was mistaken.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

  10. Canis, I just ran across your thread while searching for something else. Thought I'd share some info since you are new to the PPK/S. I have a pistol just like yours, and also one made by Manurhin in the early 80s. As Stiofan pointed out, most "German" ones that you see were made in France and proofed in Germany, then stamped Made in Germany. Mine was, in fact, proofed at St. Etienne--not in Germany.

    Yours was not imported by Smith & Wesson; it was made by them in Houlton MA. I'm not sure of the timeline, but I think S&W started making them around 2003. The only easily recognizable difference is the longer tang they incorporated to alleviate the common problem of the slide biting the shooter's hand on recoil.

    You will find, if you haven't already, that field stripping the PPK is the ultimate in simplicity. You just pull down the trigger guard and pull it toward you slightly so it will stay down; then simply pull the slide back all the way and lift the back of the slide up. It will slide right off. Then just slide (that's a lot of slides) the spring off the barrel. That's it. You will notice that one end of the spring is slightly smaller than the other. Be sure to put it (slide it) back on small end first. You can download a manual for free--just Google "PPK/S manual."

    One other thing: it is a common belief among USA-made PPK/S owners that magazines other than Walther banner mags are the cause of jams they have experienced. You might want to look there if you have a problem that is not caused by your ammo or by limp-wristing. Your gun does look as if it has been used and broken in; I personally think that is the key to the U.S. guns.

    You probably have found out by now that the 9mm Kurz is the same as .380 auto. Kurz means "short" and your ammo is 9x17, shorter than the "regular" 9mm you're thinking of, which is 9x19.

    I think you will like your gun (even though it can be a beast to shoot, with recoil that is a lot snappier than you might expect from a .380). But that's just me. I ride old Triumph motorcycles and drive Italian sports cars--lots of panache, but sometimes they don't work! Just kidding--I wouldn't carry this for defense if I didn't trust it 100%. It's true that some of the newer designs, like my Glock 23 for instance, are easier and more pleasant to shoot. I still like the PPK best. I doubt the new PPS will inspire the same feeling--but I really want one.

    In any case, my older, French-made pistol has been flawless and is my daily carry. My USA gun had a few problems with jamming until I ran a few hundred rounds through it. I use ball ammo in it, keep it very clean and well-oiled and it is a good, reliable weapon. I'm not that interested in the expansion of hollow points or the penetration of FMJ--I just want my pistol to say Bang instead of Click. Yours looks as if your buddy used it some, so it's probably broken in. I think that's the key to these guns.

    BTW, the Bersa Thunder 380 is a sweet little gun--reliable and pretty accurate. Especially impressive is that you can buy one new for around $250. I would grab a nice used one any day for a hundred bucks.

    Good Luck with your PPK!

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    Thanx SouthPaw,
    I downloaded an Adobe users manual for the PPK/S-1 and dutifully followed it, (6 band-aids later & much profanity) I finally figured out that whomever wrote it must have come from a translation from German to French then into English or a combo of that mix. Your help in making the obvious something I was by-passing following the directions made it a snap, MAN did it ever have some rock-hard cordite & early rust started in certain (moving) critical to fire it parts, NO wonder it was such a pain to even chamber a single round, but after 3 hours of alcohol wipes, tiny bristle brushes and Q-tips plus some WD-40, used and wiped clean as I know it has a lo-flash-point I don't need any residue of that left inside the weapon when it heats-up around 100 rounds of Federal .380 FMJ's I plan on using 1st on range-fire days, then look around for maybe a few boxes of CORęBON HP's for what I really got it for: back-up carry, not range fire. I feel confident that I can now field-strip it, and get it back together in under 3 mins and not lose too much blood! U know if I had come into that weapon maybe 2 years later than I did, the neglect it's previous (81 y/o) owner who seldom cleaned (too sick and no young stud anymore) it may have made it a lemon even a good gun-smith would have buried with it's last owner, RIP. I look forward to taking a Brit female guest to the range with it in 2 weeks for some show and tell, plus if I get any JPG's worth an upload I will slap a few of them onto this thread as closure. I thank you for all for the huge help you have all been helping me to get familiar with this nice older designed weapon. Funny, I never thought such an older pistol would generate as much as I have learnt just by reading & rereading the posts to this thread. Something I doubt I'd find anywhere other than USA Carry's growing patronage and huge knowledge base.
    My Regards to everyone who helped me thru this task,

    Canis-Lupus
    Last edited by Canis-Lupus; 07-16-2008 at 12:46 AM.

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