The iconic Walther PPK, PPK/s, is now U.S.-made and ready to ship this month (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
The PPK/PPKs has been around for decades and is now American-made once again (Photos: Walther)
Walther announced this week they are ready to ship their classic Fort Smith, Arkansas-made .380s after over a half-decade hiatus in production.
The .380 ACP straight blowback-action compact in both its PPK and slightly larger PPK/s variants use a fixed 3.3-inch barrel and are available in either stainless or blued finishes with black checkered grip panels. Double-action/single-action, the PPK series trigger breaks at 13.4- and 6.1-pounds, respectively.
Walther says the domestically-made PPK and PPK/s will begin shipping to dealers following Shot Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
The PPK, whose parent design dates to the era of the Great Depression, holds six-rounds in its magazine while the PPK/s, which is a half-inch higher due to a longer grip, holds seven-rounds.
Originally introduced in Weimar-era Germany in 1930, the compact pistol was aimed at the European police market– PPK stands for Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell, roughly “police pistol, detective model” in German.
While popular in the U.S. in no short part due to its use as the fictional British intelligence agent James Bond’s primary handgun, importation was stymied in 1968 due to the Gun Control Act, which led to the very slightly larger PPK/s (“Sport”)