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Opinion of Daewoo - DP52 (.22lr) in particular

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by westtx28, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. westtx28

    westtx28 Well-Known Member

    I've been looking for a .22 pistol in a PPK form factor. The purpose of the gun is just pleasure plinking at cow crap and tree stumps.

    A FFL buddy of mine who I usually order through happened to have several brand new Daewoo handguns from .22 through .40S&W. I was going to have him order me a Firestorm (Bersa) but he told me to take the DP52 home and put a few rounds through it. Well, the few rounds turned into a hundred and the gun performed flawlessly even with cheap bulk ammo. I keep going back and forth and I really, really want to not like this Korean gun but the fit and finish is great and it performed so well. Major issue is parts and mag availability. I don't think there is any. Not sure what to do and would appreciate any opinion on the Daewoo or other similar guns I should consider.

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2009
  2. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    I would love to have one of those. I've only ever seen the .380acp and they appear to be of good quality.
  3. Norinco982lover

    Norinco982lover Well-Known Member

    If the gun works...keep it. Now I would NEVER buy a car made by Daewoo but that's just me...
  4. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Well-Known Member

    If you can acquire one, go for it...Very rare in these parts..I've had the 9mm & .40S&W, and performed quite well. Besides the .22 & .380, Daewoo also made a .45acp in fast-action; but after searching in this country for a few years: gave up on the search...:(
    Good luck on the .22....
  5. Funderb

    Funderb Well-Known Member

    I hear daewoo makes a very fine firearm. NOT a prestige firearm, but one that works, and well. You said yourself, this is not a nostalgia piece, just one for plinking.

    It's okay to be the guy that drives a toyota with a "proud to be american" sticker on the bumper.
  6. westtx28

    westtx28 Well-Known Member

    It's funny you said that because I have three gas guzzling Toyotas in my garage and and two big obnoxious flags in the front, one American and one Texas!

    Thanks for replying to my post.
  7. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    If something ever breaks, what is the parts availability? A bit like hen's teeth I would guess, but I do not know for sure. I would look into it if it is to be a regular shooter though.

  8. westtx28

    westtx28 Well-Known Member

    The parts issue is my biggest concern. I plan on putting many thousands of rounds through it. That's why I wanted that type of .22 in the first place, cheap ammo. If it is a good quality solid built gun though it should handle it without missing a beat. Sucks about not being able to get magazines though.
  9. tr5140

    tr5140 New Member

    A good gunsmith with the right tools can make almost any part. The mags might be a bigger issue. Does any one know if Walther ppk .22lr mags will fit the DP52? The Dp51 (a 5906 and 6906 clone) uses smith 59 mags so I would think the same would be true for the dp52.
  10. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    Well, small world. I just bought a Daewoo DP52 w/ box manual, 2 mags, in very good condition. When I get a chance to shoot I'll post again. These are not easy to find, so I'm pleased. Now I need a Walther PP to compare it.:D
  11. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    Haven't been able to shoot it yet, but I thought I'd post a couple pictures. The pistol is very well made and is most impressive quality wise. It compares very well in every way with a Walther. Fit and finish is top notch. It comes with a warning not to use +P+. Is there such a thing in .22lr?

    The DA trigger pull is pretty hefty, but the SA is so smooth and easy and breaks perfectly clean...much better than I expected. The magazines are substancial, not flimsy like many .22lr pistols. The safety/decocker works just the same as on the PP. In fact the two guns are so similar I expect to see a Walther banner somewhere on the gun. The finish is utilitarian, not the beautful blue of the PP but it appears perfectly applied, even, smooth and attractive.

    Here it is...

    With a Walther PP...
  12. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Well-Known Member

    I'm extremely jealous!:D I'm getting Daewoo fever again......:banghead:

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