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Impulse Buy - Damn my Lack of Willpower!

2352 Views 21 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  IrishCop
Okay, I was at my favorite local gun shop today (on business, swear to God!!) and there was a little pistol in a nice satin lined case. Nicely polished blue steel, well crafted, attractive lines. Used of course, but just barely, and definitely not abused. The price was reasonable so I went for it.

It's a Walther PPK/S in .380. Not a huge fan of the caliber, but she looked so nice. On close examination it is a well made pistol. It's marked Made in West Germany and Imported by Interarms. It has Pachmayr Signature grips on it...some nice fake ivory might look good on her though.

I always liked the look of the PPK/S...yeah it has a long kinda stiff double action pull, but the single action isn't bad at all. It's heaver than my Airweight 442, so IO don't think I'll be carrying this one, but I might have to check NetFlix or Amazon for a couple of Sean Connery Bond flicks. :)
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Here's mine, posed on the appropriate page of the old Chic Gaylord book. ;)

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It's only down side is that it's been overtaken by developments.
I disagree. The series has two other serious drawbacks.

1. They have a tendency to bite most hands that feed them. I don't want to rely on a gun that I have to think about holding with a "special" grip.

2. Horrendous DA trigger pull, which can't be improved much (at least not without affecting functioning).
Right on both counts, but you missed one.

When S&W started making them under license the bottom of the slide was so sharp it left a pair of railroad tracks on your hand.
Didn't miss anything--both my original Walthers do the same thing.

The hammers don't bite me, the slide does. And spending its energy chewing up my hand surely can't do anything for its functioning/reliability, either, I'm sure. :(:???:

My Beretta 70 is a much more comfortable and enjoyable gun to actually shoot for that reason. (And, it's slim!)
About the only thing you can work on is the spring and about the time it starts to feel reasonable the gun won't go bang.
I had exactly the same experience with the ODI Viking, too. :(
When I take the Pachmayr Signatures off, are any sneaky little springs or stuff likely to fly out? 'Casue I really hate it when that happens. :eek:mg:
No worries. If something DOES fly out, it means something is broken and you need to get it fixed.

BTW, when shopping for grips, you do NOT want anything for PPK. You want grips for PP or PPK/S. Two very different things, grip-wise. (The PPK/S is a PPK "top half" on a PP receiver.)
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