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Walther PPK .32 -- Opinions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mastrogiacomo, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    Thinking of getting the Walther PPK in a .32 for the range and possible carry. Anyone own this gun? I'm concerned about a few issues:

    1. cost of ammo
    2. trigger pull
    3. recoil

    Appreciate any feedback on it's accuracy and reliability. Thanks.
  2. Yohan

    Yohan Well-Known Member

    Just ask James Bond ;-) ;-)
  3. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    Thanks...but I was hoping for a better response than asking Bond. I'd get as much info asking Superman...:rolleyes: Anyone own this gun? I'd appreciate hearing opinions from people that have used the .32.
  4. MeekandMild

    MeekandMild Well-Known Member

    I had a PPK-S once upon a time.

    Cost of ammo was reasonable, about what commercial 9mm was running at the time.

    Trigger pull was ok. Not at all as good as the Sig Pro, the best pistol trigger I've ever seen. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Not as good as the Kel Tec P-32 either.

    Recoil was merciless. I have no reason why but the felt recoil is much much more than a Kel-Tec, the only other .32 I"ve ever shot. This is really eerie and to all logic the Kel-Tec would have more recoil but it doesn't feel like it. In many ways the narrow sharp frame of the PPK-S adds to the felt recoil but in truth the Kel-Tec is just as narrow. Maybe magic? I dunno. Maybe the KT plastic absorbs recoil?

    Also the fact that the PPK-S slide tends to nick the thumb web and make the hand bleed about every fourth shot might have something to do with it. Then when you get the position right, it tends to knick the knuckle of the OTHER thumb! I supppose if you had very small hands it might be less bloody, but then you'd have to deal with the torque and recoil.
  5. MolonLabe416

    MolonLabe416 Well-Known Member

    PPK's are nice collectables. They generally have horrible triggers and most are picky about hollow-points (remember, they were designed before hollow points enjoyed widespread use). They are heavy, have a lot of sharp edges, and rudimentary sights.

    There are far better choices. If you are looking for a .32, I'd recommend the Kel-Tec. Light, inexpensive, and mine has been 100%. There is a Kel-Tec forum, do a google for the address.

    Stepping up in power to a 9mm, you can go with a kahr PM-9. It's lighter, more reliable, designed to feed hollow-points, has better sight, and is less expensive.

    Lastly, the PPK is a DA/SA pistol which, to quote Col. Cooper, is an ingenious solution to a non-existent problem. It also follows the silly Euro convention of putting the safety on the slide which is difficult to operate under stress. It does not contain a hammer block, so it can discharge if dropped if the safety is not in the "on" position. Both the Kel-Tec and the Kahr have hammer blocks and so can not discarge if dropped.

    The consistent trigger on both the Kahr and Kel-Tec is much easier to shoot well.
  6. gburner

    gburner member

    From what I've observed and read, the PPk is a hand biter that tends toward the sharp side in recoil. Uncomfortable to shoot, there are also considerable reasons to doubt that .32 is a consistently reliable man stopper. Perhaps you would like to consider a Makarov in 9x18mm. Very user friendly, extemely reliable, 8+1 capacity, decocker safety and simple take down. Tough as nails, accurate and inexpensive ($200 for a Bulgarian), this all steel pistol is similar in size to the Walther, packs a bigger punch and is less than half the cost. See makarov.com for more info.
    Hope this helps.
  7. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    Appreciate all the info. Thanks folks.:D
  8. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    i'd get the .380 PPK, since that's a more suitable caliber for self defense than .32.
  9. tex_n_cal

    tex_n_cal Well-Known Member

    Come to think of it, a Colt Government .380 may be a good choice, too, if they are legal in Beantown and obtainable. They fire from a locked breech, like a mini-1911, and have the consistent trigger of a SA auto.
  10. ACP230

    ACP230 Well-Known Member

    I have the PPK's slightly bigger brother, the PP. I haven't found recoil to be remarkable in any way. A .380 PPK that I shot had sharper recoil, but still not much compared to a snub .38 with Cor-Bon + Ps.

    The PP does bite the hand that feeds it however.
  11. David S

    David S Well-Known Member

    i have small hands first of all so bite has not been a problem............

    i have a manurhin made PP in .32.......and within a day or so i should have the PPK in .32 that i ordered..........the PPK is a german made (1964ish) in good condtion.

    I currently carry a keltec .32 as my "all the damn time" gun..........but the PPK may take over as a dress up CCW............

    my P99 is my duty weapon when i am on duty (sheriff reserve)
  12. David S

    David S Well-Known Member

  13. Apple a Day

    Apple a Day Well-Known Member

    I am sure to catch flack for this one but:
    A friend of mine has a PP. I hate it. I have big hands and it's just not comfortable for me.
    I used to own a CZ-70, sold it to my brother because he loved it so much. It's pretty much the same thing but rougher and a wee bit more comfortable for a larger hand. If you are looking specifically for a .32 ACP then give it a think. It isn't fancy and it ain't as pretty as a Walther but if you are looking for a range gun/carry anywhere gun then it's worth considering. They are inexpensive to boot. Plenty of stuff for them at makarov.com if you want to accessorize.
    Flame Away!!!
  14. David S

    David S Well-Known Member

    check that link again i just added this nice pic to it...........this thing DISAPEARS in this High Noon holster....

    Attached Files:

  15. English John

    English John Well-Known Member

    I own both.

    The .32 PPK lives in the safe.
    The KT .32 lives in my pocket.
    YMMV, but if you can test fire both.
    Then pick what works for you.
  16. David S

    David S Well-Known Member

    i stated this in another thread, but ill reiterate here...

    Since the few days i have had this gun, it has become my favorite carry peice.
    technically my Keltec p32 is the same package; same ammo type , same capacity, and at over half the weight and size. but i PREFER to carry the Walther because it just feels like more gun.

    it even feels like MORE to shoot to because of the blowback action , you feel more recoil with the PPk than the P32.

    As a good friend always tells me (hes a sniper ex mil) "The best gun in the world is the one you feel most comfortable with and can hit with the best".
  17. cmsgt

    cmsgt Active Member

    I have a Walther PPK in 32, and it is very accurate; however, I shoot it at the range only; on my ccw is my Sig P239 in .40 and my Sig P232 in 380. My Sig P232 carries easily in a Kramer pocket holster, and I use a Galco paddle for the P239. The European mag release is second nature for me.
    I am more confident with the P232 than my PPK, possibly cause I shoot it much more often, and my latest version is the SS model with night sights making it more useful in the p.m. I have been carrying the P232/P230 for 15 years; in the same time I have bought and sold 4 PPKs and one PPK/S before I finally spent the big bucks on a German made PPK, 1968. It will shoot ball ammo all day.
  18. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Well-Known Member

    I just got a Manurhin PP and shot it last weekend.

    It did fine with MagTech 71-grain JHP and with ball.

    I did not like the bakelite grips, so I got a set of Secret Service rosewood grips for it. It looks much better with those.

    So far, so good.

  19. David S

    David S Well-Known Member

    where did u get these grips? link please?
  20. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Well-Known Member

    First of all, my apologies-I've been out of town and just got back today, so have not responded timely.

    My mistake-they're Eagle Grips, not Secret Service grips. They're made of Indian rosewood and are very nice-looking on the Walther.

    Here's the link: http://www.eaglegrips.com/firearms1.htm

    Good luck....


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