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Walther PPK .32 -- Opinions?

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

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  1. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Member

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Appreciate all the info. Thanks folks.:D
     
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    i'd get the .380 PPK, since that's a more suitable caliber for self defense than .32.
     
  9. tex_n_cal

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    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

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    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

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    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)
     
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    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

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

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    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

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    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".
     
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    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

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    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.

    Bob
     
  19. David S

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

    Bob
     
  21. David S

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    nice, i wouldnt mind a pair of ebony ones possibly. could you post some pics?

    BTW, did you get checked?
     
  22. SteveA

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    What Planet You Guys From?

    I read your replies in complete amazement. Surprising a number of you commenting on a gun you don't even own.

    Mastrogiacomo I'm sorry I didn't see this earlier but I'll answer your questions.

    1. cost of ammo

    Ammoman.com sells .32 Auto Federal Classic for $99 per 500 rounds. Not cheap but the cheapest source out there I've found.

    2. trigger pull

    Trigger pull on the PP, PPK or PPK/s series is generally firm - in the 10 pound area DA and 7-8 pounds in SA. It is generally smooth and crisp with no creep. They are easy guns to do a trigger job on and I have 3 PPK and 2 PPK/s that have trigger pulls that are 8 pounds DA and 5 pounds SA. They break like ice. Keep in mind that these are compact guns and as such, even a fairly light pull feels heavier due to the smaller frame.

    3. recoil

    Recoil on either the .32 or .380 versions of the PPK or PPK/s is moderate.

    Comments regarding slide bite are misleading. Generally, people that have a problem with slide bite have over-sized hands and are trying to use a gun that's simply too small for them or inexperienced shooters. I've been collecting, shooting and carrying PP, PPK and PPK/s arms for many years and have yet to be bitten. My wife carries a PPK/s .380 which she shoots regularly and she has never had a problem.

    The German Walthers are ultra-reliable if they're properly maintained. I can remember a single FTF due to a stove-pipe I had. It was caused by a dropped magazine in the dirt. I thought I had it cleaned up but didn't.

    If you're looking for a gun to carry, I would suggest you consider something with a little more horsepower. In the Walther PP series, you might consider a .380. .380 Glaser Safety Slugs and Federal Hydra Shoks make it a potent rounds. You'll also find ammo much cheaper in .380.

    Overall, the German models are good guns - I can't speak of the US [Smith's] models because I have no practicable experience with them.

    In the same price range of the Walther is the SIG P230, P232 [.380's] and the P239 in either 9mm, 357SIG or .40 S&W. Perhaps a better alternative than the PPK .32 for personal protection.

    Hope this helps.

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    Steve Aikens.
     
  23. Majic

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    I just traded off a Manurhin PP in .32. A well made handgun. Being a all steel gun she was doing quite well considering she is 50 years old (a early model). Due to my hand size it had a tendency to bite back every now or then. The trigger pull was heavy, but no heavier than most DA/SA pistols. I had no issues with any FMJ, Silvertips, or Fiocchi JHP that I shot. Since it is a all steel gun it's not as light as the alloy or polymer models on the market today, but in a good IWB holster I would just about forget it was on my hip. The .32acp may not be considered the ideal choice in a defensive caliber today, but in the past it was a very popular cartridge. It is even more effective today with the better bullet designs offered.
     
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    I have a Manurhin PPK in .32 ACP, and that is my daily carry piece, home defense gun, hiking gun, etc etc.

    It has never jammed.
    It feeds the following: Silvertip, Gold Dot and Fiocchi HP's, Winchester and PMP FMJ's.
    It never bit my hand, and I have big meaty hands.
    In my subjective opinion the recoil isnt much, although stats show otherwise.
    Trigger pull for the DA shot does not feel heavier than my Astra snubby. I prefer DA/SA, so I dont mind that system.
    It is very flat, so it is easy concealable.
    It is heavy for it's size.
    It's quality is simply excellent.
    It's sights ar miniscule, fitting the purpose it was deisgned for. I painted both sights and that improves it a lot.
    It is accurate.
     
  25. puppage

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    I have the PPK .32 stainless. Nice little piece. It does have a bit of a bite to it, but if you hold it a tad lower it's not an issue, I find. I buy the UMC .32 ammo at Wal Mart f/$11.95 for a box of 50.
    It shoots wonderfully, no problems at all. I'm told that the .32 stainless is somewhat unusual. Have any of you folks run into many of them?
     
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