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

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

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  1. westtx28

    westtx28 Member

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    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.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. usp9

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    I would love to have one of those. I've only ever seen the .380acp and they appear to be of good quality.
     
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    If the gun works...keep it. Now I would NEVER buy a car made by Daewoo but that's just me...
     
  4. Mad Magyar

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    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....
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    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.

    Jason
     
  8. westtx28

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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...
    DaewooDP52001.jpg

    With a Walther PP...
    DaewooDP52003.jpg
     
  12. Mad Magyar

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