Walther PPK: need to knows


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Yelovitz_503
August 17, 2012, 08:30 PM
I just bought a Walther PPK today and wanted to put an open thread out there for anyone to share experiences, problems, recommendations, and anything else that I need to know about this pistol.

I know that +P is a no-no, but are there other things I should be aware of? Please keep it constructive, don't just tell me I should have bought a Sig 232..:scrutiny:

aaaaaaaaaand, go!

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beatledog7
August 17, 2012, 08:53 PM
All I can say is, enjoy it!

Dah-dat-DI-DAAHH, dah-dah-DAAHH!

Yelovitz_503
August 17, 2012, 08:56 PM
All I can say is, enjoy it!

Dah-dat-DI-DAAHH, dah-dah-DAAHH!

:D hehe, yeah I've been whistling that all day..

Derry 1946
August 17, 2012, 08:59 PM
Well-done text rendition of the music!

bluethunder1962
August 17, 2012, 09:02 PM
I have had 2 and a french pp. I love them. The one I have now is a newer one. I had a lot of miss fires with it. After a few trips to the gunshop and a few ugly words I can't put on here I figured out it was the aftermarket grips that were causing. it. Those grips worked on my other gun so I swapped them. Just in case you get new grips. I think they are the coolest guns around.

Alec
August 17, 2012, 09:11 PM
Fine choice, Mr. Bond.

- Keep it clean and oiled and it won't fail you. Be careful during reassembly or you could peen the barrel hood (learned that the hard way).
- When you strip it down for cleaning, never run it without the loaded chamber indicator in place
- When disassembling, use a credit card to shield the slide from the trigger guard to prevent scratches
- Shoot the heck out of it and enjoy!

What kind did you get? S&W, Manurhin, Interarms?

jdh
August 17, 2012, 09:13 PM
Dah-dat-DI-DAAHH, dah-dah-DAAHH

Q O ?

Yelovitz_503
August 17, 2012, 09:23 PM
Fine choice, Mr. Bond.

- Keep it clean and oiled and it won't fail you. Be careful during reassembly or you could peen the barrel hood (learned that the hard way).
- When you strip it down for cleaning, never run it without the loaded chamber indicator in place
- When disassembling, use a credit card to shield the slide from the trigger guard to prevent scratches
- Shoot the heck out of it and enjoy!

What kind did you get? S&W, Manurhin, Interarms?

It's an Interarms, made in Alexandria VA. Should I try practicing the takedown without the recoil spring just to get the feel of it down, in an attempt to avoid peening? Also the chamber indicator would require me taking the slide apart, wouldn't it? I don't plan on doing that any more often than I need to.

rcmodel
August 17, 2012, 09:32 PM
Peening puitting the slide back on???
Never heard of that one before.

"Somebody" must really be yanking the slide back over the frame rails way too hard putting one back together!!!

BTW: I got over the James Bond thing, sold my last PPK/s several years ago, and bought a SIG P232.

Much softer recoil, way more accurate, and a better DA trigger to boot.

rc

bluethunder1962
August 17, 2012, 09:42 PM
Hey he said he didn't want to here about the sig p232.
Just to let you know I sold my p232 because I liked the ppks so much.
hehe

rcmodel
August 17, 2012, 09:43 PM
Different strokes for different folks.

rc

dfariswheel
August 17, 2012, 09:48 PM
More:

Always make absolutely sure you install the recoil spring the right way.
The smaller, closed end goes over the barrel, the larger open end faces the muzzle.
Get it backward and you can tear up the barrel and slide and get the slide jammed.

The PP series guns seem to like a little more lube than other guns. They run very well with a little grease on the barrel and slide rails.

Be prepared to experiment to find a hollow point defense ammo your specific gun will be reliable with.
Remember, reliability is more important then accuracy or anything else.

Stick with genuine factory magazines. The PP series has a history of not working well with after market mags.

If you are one of the people who have problems with "slide bite" where the sharp inner or outer edges of the rear of the slide may actually cut your hand, simply use a stone to lightly round off the sharp edges.

Yelovitz_503
August 17, 2012, 09:48 PM
rc: I didn't mean I wasn't going to put the slide on... that would be... counterproductive? I meant for it's regular cleanings I'll do the field strip, but I don't plan on taking the slide itself apart more often than every 1000 to 1500 rounds for cleaning. I was slightly confused by the comment about the round indicator earlier so I was trying to find out if that's what Alec meant.

I don't mind hearing about the Sig 232 (there's no rule that says you can't own both) but yeah I'd like it if we can debate which is better elsewhere and stick to the PPK here.

GCBurner
August 17, 2012, 11:15 PM
As long as it's kept clean, and lightly oiled, it's proven to be very reliable, and accurate. If it's pocket-carried, and picks up a lot of lint and pocket crud, reliability suffers, due to the tight tolerances. I've never had the slide apart on mine, and never felt the need for more than the usual field stripping. Mine is a .32ACP, and seems to run well with all the brands of ammo I've tried; my preferred carry load is 60gr. JHPs, Winchester Silvertips, if I can get them, or Hornady Gold Dots.

SharpsDressedMan
August 18, 2012, 12:15 AM
I think Speer makes the Gold Dots; Hornady the XTP's and Critical Defense, etc.

GCBurner
August 18, 2012, 10:25 PM
I think Speer makes the Gold Dots; Hornady the XTP's and Critical Defense, etc.
You are correct, I checked the box and they're Hornady 60gr. XTP. I've got some Gold Dots for reloading, too.

dondavis3
August 19, 2012, 01:46 PM
I love my PPK/S

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/dondavis3/Guns/DSC_0022.jpg

It's a wonderful gun and has been w/o a flaw of any kind.

As you can tell form the picture ... it's been carried a lot, for many years.

Just be careful of how you hold the gun - it can and will bite you (slide bite).

But if you hold it correctly - you'll love it.

:cool:

KsThumper
August 19, 2012, 02:12 PM
Yes, beware of the Walther 'Slide Bite'. Be very careful with a two-hand gip and never place your weak hand thumb over your other thumb next to the slide.

If your PPK is .380, it can be a hand beater after 50+ rounds. A .32 is easier but more expensive. A .22 is pure pleasure.

Fishbed77
August 20, 2012, 09:39 AM
Go to www.waltherforums.com. There are a great bunch of guys there who can answer any question you'll ever have about your PPK.

obiwan1
August 20, 2012, 04:43 PM
If you have beefy hands, you'll eventually get "railroad tracks" on the web of the hand. Not a biggie.

Mine won't function (it stovepipes) with any kind of wimpy loads. I need to shoot the hottest loads (or reloads) for it to function. I'm just too lazy to get a weaker recoil spring. It's no longer my #1 EDC anyway. BTW it's a .380 and I bought it new in the mid '60s.

buckskinbob
August 20, 2012, 06:57 PM
I have one. very accurate, mine is a .32 acp mouse gun. great for a well aimed shot.
not much knock down power. I prefer the feel of my small frame Llama, and its close in accuracy, I dont like the reach for the mag release. i find it rather clumsy, If I really need to carry Give me my Full frame 1911 Govt. As a former bulls eye shooter I've got confidence in the old girl. For plinking i shoot a Ruger Mk2 Its cheaper and just as much fun. Enjoy your choice .. good shooting to you. Bob

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