Walther PPK Pistol – Brief History and Review
By David Tong
Gun writer David Tong gives us a look into the history of the Walther PPK Pistol.
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- One of the most iconic pistols of the 20th Century has to be Walther’s “Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell,” or police pistol detective model.
The Walther PPK pistol was a shortened version of the 1929 Model PP, and was first produced in 1931. I once owned one of the commercial, pre-war and pre-Nazi pistols with the 90-degree safety lever in brightly polished blue finish, in the then usual 7.65mm / .32ACP caliber that all WWII pistols were chambered in, as well as several postwar examples. Postwar they were also produced in .22LR and .380ACP / 9mm Kurz.
Essentially the Walther PPK is a shorter (both length and height) and thus lighter version of the Walther PP handgun.
Walther PPK Pistol Specifications:
- Type: Double and single action semi-automatic, blowback operated
- Length: 6.1”
- Width: 1.0”
- Height: 3.9”
- Magazine capacities: 8rds in .22LR; 7rds in .32ACP, 6rds in .380ACP
- Weight: 21oz for all steel models. Postwar PPK/L with aluminum frame 16oz.
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