Does the Walther PP .32acp bite?


September 24, 2006, 10:29 PM
I'm thinking of getting a walther PP instead of the PPK since I hear the PPK(.380acp) is much snappier in recoil than the PP(.32acp).

I also hear that the PP doesn't have the slide bite problems that the PPK does- is this true? thanks.

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September 24, 2006, 10:43 PM
I've had both, and have never been bit despite thousands of rounds of shooting in each. I've heard many people claim otherwise mind you. I think it really depends on your grip style and possibly your hand size.

FWIW, the Sig 232 is a very close approximation of the PPK/s (only very marginally larger), is chambered in .380, is considerably lighter, is beautifully built, and dramatically reduces the perceived recoil. It is also more reliable.

September 24, 2006, 10:58 PM
I have a Manurhin Walther PP in .32 ACP that I love. It has never bit me, I have put Pachmyer grips on it though that helps me in holding it properly.

September 25, 2006, 12:33 AM
If you get bit by a PPK, you'll get bit by a PP, since the slide and frame in that area are exactly the same.

The new S&W-made Walther PPK guns have eliminated the problem entirely by lengthening the frames tang to a longer design that protects the hand.
This is similar to a "beaver tail" on a 1911 pistol.

If you do have an older non-S&W gun and get bit, it's a simple matter to lightly break the sharp inner and outer edges of the slide rails, and this will pretty well solve the problem.

September 25, 2006, 12:45 AM
My Manurhin .32 cal PP bites the hand that feeds it.

It's not as bad as my old Colt .45 was, but the bite is distracting.

September 25, 2006, 04:18 AM
I had a Manurhin PP in .32 that would take a nip at me from time to time. It's more of how your hand is made (I have a meaty section between my thumb and index finger) and your grip.

September 25, 2006, 07:43 AM
Just food for thought...the CZ83 in .32 is a very enjoyable gun to shoot, with light recoil, no bite I've ever experienced and a 15 round mag.

September 25, 2006, 09:23 PM
I couldn't tell difference in recoil. So I sold my 32 and stayed with my PPK/S 's in 380. As for the bite I have NEVER been bit by a PP or PPK/S.

Kenneth Lew
September 25, 2006, 11:56 PM
PPs do bite. It distracted me enough not to shoot the one I had.

September 26, 2006, 04:36 AM
In a word, no.
At least mine doesn't!!

September 26, 2006, 09:11 AM
I have a first year production PP that has a short tang and it will chew up the web of my hand if I get careless.
I have two much later PPs that have longer tangs and they don't bite at all.

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