By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the new and improved version of the Walker PPK/S.
The original Walther PPK goes back to 1929 and was the first commercially successful double-action / single action semi-automatic pistol. It was made famous by the James Bond movies and stories. Bond carried one (in .32 auto) after M took away his .25 Beretta, telling him he needed a “man’s gun.”
The new iteration of the PPK/S is available in .380 auto only. It has a slightly longer grip and therefore handles better for many people than many similar small 380s. The new version has a pretty good beaver tail on it to prevent the otherwise common Walther bite.
Both the front and rear sights are milled into the slide so no drift adjustment. Magazines appear to be interchangeable with the earlier Walther pistols, though not necessarily with the S&W Walters. The double-action trigger pull kind of sucks, as did the original ones. (A decent gunsmith can do a lot to fix this.) The pistol is available in stainless steel only.
It is assembled in Fort Smith, Arkansas from mostly German produced parts. If I could get one here in the People’s Republic of California (which I can’t, it isn’t on “the list”) I would seriously consider it, just for the hell of it.