When it comes to form, my personal favorite gun is the Walther PPK. Perhaps it was a childhood filled with watching James Bond films that got me started, but when I think of an aesthetically pleasing gun, I always think of the Walther PPK.
Now that I am older and wiser, I can find the beauty in modern firearms or old workhorses like the 1911, but I will always hold a soft spot in my heart for the PPK. Looking at the Polizeipistole, you cannot help but be drawn in by the gradual curves leading from the business end to the trigger guard. Though this may seem a minor design choice, it is a look that inspires most pocket pistols we have today. Designed to move easily in and out of a holster, the front end of the gun features unique angles that are iconic to the PP series. To get a decent grip on the small gun, the magazine butt plate features an extra inch spur that can help fit an extra finger on the grip. The slide is 2 inches longer than the whole gun is tall and tapers down to the exposed hammer and grip tang. The dimensions and angles provide for a unique shape and appearance that inspired many clones, such as the Bersa Thunder and SIG P232. Chambered in .22 LR, .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP (pictured), and 9x18mm Ultra, the PPK (and American PPK/S) offer little in the way of capacity and stopping power. However, if you want something that is extremely easy to conceal but also looks classy and sleek, the Walther PPK is the gun for you.
What gun do you think is the most pleasing to look at (even if it is not as much fun to shoot)? Tell us in the comments section—it may just be next week’s Art of the Gun.
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