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Gravitating back to my .380 PPK/S...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by druryj, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. druryj

    druryj Well-Known Member

    Despite having several good choices for CCW, to include a Sig P239 9mm, a Glock 36, and a S&W Shield 9mm, I have of late found myself wanting to carry my 19-year old PPK/S in .380 ACP more and more. The little Walther is just a beauty for one thing, and is remarkably reliable and accurate to boot. I have a quality IWB holster for it and it just carries so well...how is it possible that a somewhat antiquated design like this seems to be a "better" carry gun than a more modern pistol? Beats hell outta me; but I do NOT feel under-gunned with my little PPK/S at my side at all. Am I off my rocker?
  2. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    Nope. Not at all. I like the old all-steel guns, too. Had one of those many years back and, if I still had it, it would get carried at least some of the time. Closest to a Walther I have now is a FEG AP22 (rimfire version of the PA-63), and it's quite a nice, sturdy, well-finished piece.

    Kinda like how sometimes nostalgia guides a .38 snub back onto my belt..
  3. Vodoun da Vinci

    Vodoun da Vinci Well-Known Member

    Sounds like it works for you and that makes it the best choice for you. Good on ya. I don't think yer off yer rocker at all.

  4. Hurryin' Hoosier

    Hurryin' Hoosier Well-Known Member

    I guess I must be even crazier. I alternate between my 9x18 Radom P-64 CZAK and my 7.65 Česká Zbrojovka vz.70.
  5. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    My primary carry is an all stainless steel Sig P238HD. It's low capacity and somewhat anemic, yet I carry it about 80% of the time. With my wife and daughter in tow, I usually do carry my M&P40c at least my Bersa UC9 or Kahr K9. However, since I'm usually out and about myself, I feel confident 6 + 1 rounds of .380acp is fine in my area.

    Before the P238HD, I found myself carrying my Polish P64 more than my (supposedly EDC) M&P40c.

    If crime picks up where I live, I'll probably carry something more substantial than my P238, but since violent crime is so scarce in my area, I'll probably continue to carry my P238HD.
  6. tommy.duncan

    tommy.duncan Well-Known Member

    I carry my PPK as a small pocket piece. I really like my PPK!!
  7. Phantom Captain

    Phantom Captain Well-Known Member

    Not crazy at all, I'm right there with you. Pretty much all I carry is my 1970 PPK/s .380. For all the same reasons you do.
  8. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Ppk is the smallest gun I feel comfortable with.. Mine is my shorts and flip flops gun...
  9. RainDodger

    RainDodger Well-Known Member

    I have a similar weirdness... and it's really weird. I have lots of carry options as well, but way back in an age before many of you were born, I went through a lot of formal training for a federal agency and we carried revolvers at that time. Remember those guns with the rotating cylinders? :) We were very proficient at drawing, firing, dumping the brass and reloading.

    Anyway, I feel very comfortable when I have my S&W Model 60 with 5 .38 Special +P rounds aboard. Although I do still like carrying my XDs in .45ACP.
  10. Hometeached1

    Hometeached1 Well-Known Member

    If it's reliable an you can get good hits while moving and drawing and if you have confidence in it. By all means carry it.
  11. Vodoun da Vinci

    Vodoun da Vinci Well-Known Member

    Some pistols are just plain comforting to have in a pocket or close...my Wife had a Walther PPK/s years ago and sold it/moved up to an Colt Officers ACP. Now that she's older and contemplating concealed carry she's wishing she had her Walther back. We shot one last Summer and it's a bit to snappy for her now days and she's a Glock 42 girl but she still pines for her Walther.

    I have my Colt 1903's and feel the same way...just confident and assured with one close at hand even if I have a higher cap 9mm tucked in the holster.

    Some guns are just that way...comfortable friends, potent and comforting tools. The Walther design is like that as well. Classic and comforting to those who are friends with it.

  12. Jim PHL

    Jim PHL Well-Known Member

    When you think about the huge number of people who feel ok with their Kel-Tecs, S&W BG380's and Ruger LCP's, you are similarly armed but cooler!:cool:
  13. GyMac

    GyMac Well-Known Member

    Agree. I carry a Makarov all the time, just because I like it. It may not be the newest or most tactically efficient, but it makes me happy.
  14. 420Stainless

    420Stainless Well-Known Member

    I never bought a polymer .380 since I already have a PPK/s. It quite a bit heavier, but still carries nicely in a pocket holster. I don't carry it often anymore with a pocket .45 now, but if a pocket is too small for that, the .380 still fits.
  15. Dframe

    Dframe Well-Known Member

    I've carried a stainless PP/K for over 25 years. I've shot thousands of rounds through it and only replaced springs once. It's as reliable as a hammer, and there if I need it. Pay no attention to the "keyboard Commandos" who badmouth the 380.
  16. KSDeputy

    KSDeputy Well-Known Member

    I have a stainless PPK, PPK/S & TPH. I sometimes carry the PPK or TPH as a back up to my .45. I do feel under gunned with just the .380 or .22lr. I do not like 9mm due to over penetration issues, but the .380 is a good caliber for a pocket gun. Maybe someday I will leave the .45 at home and carry the PPK or PPK/S as primary. Depends on if the weight of the CS45 gets too aggravating. Nothing wrong with carrying the PPK, I have just always loved .45s.

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