PPK Article


January 1, 2003, 08:34 AM

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January 1, 2003, 10:59 AM
Mec-a very well written article that accurately points out the pluses and minuses (opinion). Have two Interams PPK's and am very pleased with both, particulary the 380 one, which has been extremely reliable and accurate. They both still need meltdown jobs around the trigger quard and grip. My hand size doesn't invite hammer or slide bite.

Very good observation on the tight grip required for relliable functioning, something that appears true for all the smaller semi-automatics.

Once let a friend try my 380, which had never failed to function reliably for me. For him it jammed consistently. He has very large meaty hands and just couldn't get a sufficently tight grip on it (another opinion).

Many have a valid opinion over the newer sub-compacts (particulary Karr's) being just as small , but in 9mm.

Had the oppurtunity to visually compare the the smaller karr to a PPK recently, and the karr was significantly "blockier"

If we ever get CC in this state, the .380 PPK will be given serious consideration based on similiar power to 38 snub, while being much easier to shoot accurately (for me anyway) and all stainless steel constuction.

While can't really explain it, the PPK's with the tighter slide fit, appear to have accuracy edge.

January 1, 2003, 04:37 PM
thanks for reply. Mine has never jammed with me shooting it but a small woman did have a failure to feed while I was instructing her.

January 1, 2003, 04:55 PM
Excellent review!

Mine was a stainless .380, and they're remarkably beautiful guns.

However, I didn't like its liklihood of biting, so I got rid of it before it did. Being bigger, heavier, less capacity, and less powerful than the KT P-11, it didn't quite fit the bill as a CCW by comparison either.

Jim K
January 1, 2003, 11:18 PM
Good article, but he is wrong about the name. The "K" stands for "Kriminal", not "Kurz". "Kriminal" is simply the German word for Detective, and does not refer to "criminal police" or anything like that. (The word for a crook is "Kriminelle".)

The "PP" of course stands for "Polizei Pistole" or police pistol.


January 2, 2003, 08:37 AM
dang! Jim Keenan is right. I would put the screw-up right in the first paragraph. Kriminal stands for "detective" as in criminal investigator.

January 15, 2003, 09:13 AM
Excellent article! Only a few trivialities from my side:
1. Does anyone know for sure when the PP and PPK was first made? For the PP I have read now of 1928 and 1929, and the PPK all dates from 1929-1932. But what after all does the dates matter when the PPK still goes strong…
2. I have read that Hitler shot himself with a PP, and an Australian con man recently claimed to have it.

I have a Manurhin made blued PPK in .32 caliber, and have experienced NO bites, jams (FTF or Stovepipes), or cannot give any negative opinion on this great little pistol. With the PPK remember it was designed in 1930 for FMJ and .32, and that is what you will get. Comparing it to the new Kahr’s/Kel-Tec’s/Tupperware is like comparing the Garand with a M16. The reason I got myself the PPK is firstly the size, especially being a very flat pistol, its easy to carry IWB or on the ankle. Secondly is my preference for da/sa, thirdly the reliable reputation of the weapon (we don’t get US Walthers here, so the reputation of it is still very very good here). I use only 75gr FMJ ammo in mine, I prefer the maximum penetration in this small calibers, and I just heard of some FTF’s with the US PPK/S’s with HP’s, and that is enough for me not to carry HP’s.

Although I wont recommend the PPK to anyone for self-defense due to the weight and small caliber, compared to the newer compacts, after about 500 rounds I fell completely in love with it. And I trust it with my life as my only firearm in a one firearm only country.

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