Firearm of the Week, the Walther PP/K/S

By CTD Allen published on in Firearms, Handgun Ammunition, Handguns, Self Defense

Who is cooler than James Bond? No one is—there is your answer plain and simple. So what could be cooler than having the gun of the coolest dude around? The gun in question is the Walther PPK, Polizei Pistole Kurz / Kriminal.

The Best Bond – With the PPK

“Walther PPK 7.65 mm, with a delivery like a brick through a plate glass window, it takes a Brausch silencer with very little reduction in muzzle velocity. The American CIA swear by them.”
—Major Boothroyd to 007 in Dr. No

The first of its kind, the PPK is a quality double-action pistol. The operative word is quality. Other manufacturers attempted it, but with poor success. Pistols before that time were single action only, requiring manual cocking for the first shot. Furthermore, a single-action pistol might discharge with a strong blow to the back of the hammer. The purpose of the double-action design was to increase safety for the user.

Walther PP Polizei Pistole (Police Pistol)

The first entry was the Walther PP, Polizei Pistole. Designed specifically for police officers in the 7.65mm (.32 ACP) cartridge, it was an instant success in both Europe and the United States. For those naysayers who think the .32 ACP is a popgun, the First World War started with two shots from a .32 ACP—two shots and two kills.

In 1931, a smaller version of the PP came on the market in Europe and in the U.S. this model would be the most famous, the Walther PPK. The K has two interpretations. The first is that it stood for Kurz, which translates to Short. The second is Kiminal or Criminal. This was partially due to the gun being popular with a certain criminal element in the last half of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it was Ian Fleming’s character James Bond who made the Walther famous. This included later actors like Sean Connery and Roger Moore who rolled the Bond name off their tongue.

Walther PPK Polizei Pistole Kurz/Kiminal

With the new PP and PPK, a newer and even more potent caliber became available, the .380 ACP. The 380 ACP, or 9mm short caliber, far out-preformed the .32 ACP. One of the many names of the .380 is the 9mm Kurz, much like the gun.

However, leave it to twitchy control laws to affect even James Bond’s gun. In the American Gun Control act of 1968, the Walther PPK in its original form was too short for the law, which required it to be at least four inches tall. Thus, we have the new PPK/S, which met the height requirement. The S stood for Special. I guess tall guns are less dangerous, sorry Bond, not my rule. Nevertheless, this is still a fine gun with all joking aside.

Walther PPK/S (A Kinder and Safer version)

Is the Walther the biggest, loudest, most intimidating gun we’ve looked at? No. However, it is one of the sexiest. You have to be cool to sport one of these pocket rockets. Inevitably, someone will say, “Is that the James Bond gun?” and you had better be ready to bring it!

The Second Best Bond – Sporting the Walther PPK

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Comments (8)

  • Dan

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    For half the money I can get a Bersa Thunder. Almost as sexy and just as reliable.

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  • Steve M.

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    Not even close. There is no comparison between a Bersa Thunder and a Walther PPK. Its like saying a Chevy Lumina and a Bentley Continental are close because they both use gas.

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  • CTD Allen

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    I have to go with Steve…Would Bond carry a Bersa? I think not.

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  • Tom V.

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    I love my Glock and my HiPower, but my PPK/S just feels good in my hand like no other handgun.

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  • Bob

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    I had a Berma .380 years ago. Would stovepipe any ammo except FMJ. I hope their engineering has improved since then, but for my money I’d have to bank on the reliability and reputation of Walther.

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  • Jeff

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    I’m a pretty good shot with my Glock and even better with my colt defender but with my walther ppk/s not so much it’s more of an up close and personal gun in my opinion. But I’m not Bond nor do I pretend to be!

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  • grayghostusa

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    I bought my PPK/s in 1976 as a gift from me, to me, for graduating from Georgia Tech. Over the years it has been my main concealed carry pistol. Last year I finally had to have my gunsmith replace the trigger spring after only 36 years. What can you say about German engineering and manufacturing? This year I added Crimson Trace lasergrips. At 25 feet, 2″ group. At 50′, 5″ group. At longer range I think I need a bigger gun. I have tried the Bersa and must say it is not in the same league. And yes, when someone asks me about it at the range I reply, Bond, James Bond!

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  • My name is who?

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    I still think I’d carry a bigger gun if I was agent 007

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