February 19, 2019

Walther Announces Relaunch of the Classic PPK and PPK/S Pistols

At SHOT Show 2019, Gun Tests Editor Todd Woodard interviews Bret Vorhees, Director Of Product Development at Walther Arms, Inc. about the relaunch of Walther's classic 380 ACP concealed-carry stalwarts, the PPK and PPK/S.

Hey Gun Tests readers, I'm Todd Woodard, editor of Gun Tests Magazine. I'm here with Bret Vorhees, director of product development for Walther. And amazingly, here's a gun that you already know about, the Walther PPK/S. The PPK is coming back out in the United States this year.

Bret's going to tell us about the long story of this platform and why it's an interesting gun for shooters.

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Bret Vorhees: So the PPK and PPK/S have been around since the late 1920s. The original version was the Walther PP, and that came out in 1929. So the design has been around for a very long time, but it's actually been produced by a lot of different manufacturers. So having it produced by Walther in our factory is a big deal for us. The gun's been around for years now, so we're really excited to get it out there under our manufacturing, giving it the attention to detail and the quality that it really deserves.

Overall, the the internal component quality is much better than what's been in the past. The overall fit and finish and machining quality is fantastic. It's really a nice, elegant carry gun, that deserves to be high quality.

Todd: It's going to be made in stainless only?

Bret: And there will also be black versions in PPK and PPK/S, and we'll have wood-grip versions, and maybe even a threaded-barrel model.

Todd: So what's the MSRP?

Bret: MSRP is $749.

Todd: And I understand that you can't necessarily say a retail price, but what would you expect for this to retail at?

Bret: I would guess that they're gonna retail right in the high six hundreds.

Todd: And is the gun ready for distribution now, is it in the pipeline?

Bret: This week is actually when it's supposed to ship.

Todd: So you must be excited?

Bret: Very excited. It's been a long time coming but it's worth the wait for sure.

Todd: Bret, thank you very much for running running through Walther's new PPK and PPK/S, and we appreciate it. I'll go take a look at it and shoot it a little bit.

Comments (10)

I love the PP line of pistols, I just wish they retained the classic Beavertail, I know the original pistols did bite a bit, but I would rather have the original beavertail.

Posted by: yrsued | March 5, 2019 8:35 PM    Report this comment

I have an older PPK/S that I bought from another Agent. I polished the feed ramp to a mirror finish and did a little deburring when I first got it. It has never failed to feed all types of .380 ammo. Round nose FMJ and several brands of HP. When I took it to the range for it's first qualification, the Range Officers spoke badly about the reliability of all PPK/S's
that came to the Range. They now respect my PPK/S and will no longer make any bets with me. I've had it for about 15 years.

Posted by: SSA Wayne | February 26, 2019 4:38 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: sgtbuz | February 21, 2019 9:07 PM    Report this comment

Why not buy a Bersa Thunder 380 (that reviewers say is an improved PPK clone) and use the extra $300 you save for ammo?

Posted by: Gunny506 | February 21, 2019 1:46 PM    Report this comment

Where is the 9mm addition to the great lineage? Texas Cavalry

Posted by: Texas Cavalry | February 21, 2019 11:36 AM    Report this comment

I liked the PPK/S so but couldn't afford the .380 ammo. So I bought one in .22 LR, back in the 70's. Can't say how many countless rounds have gone through it, don't ever remember a malfunction on regular .22 ammo. It didn't like Stingers though, something about overall case design in European barrels. Last year I treated it to a Crimson Trace grip laser for its upcoming 50th birthday party. It loves it, no sweat POA adjustment and very tight groups. It is always on my belt, or desk or sometimes in my tackle box or backpack.
Don't even know if it still comes in .22LF anymore. Made in W.Germany if I recall.

Posted by: bmwclay | February 21, 2019 10:39 AM    Report this comment

I owned a PPK/S in .380 in Stainless and it was not at all reliable. It had frequent failure to feed and failure to eject issues and was so unreliable I traded it in. The trigger pull is heavy, the edges of the stainless frame are relatively sharp and cut into the hand, (the plastic grip does not cover the back of the frame) and the slide would frequently "bite" the hand, (ex: Google walther bite).

There are much better guns on the market.

Posted by: Jim Parker | February 21, 2019 10:17 AM    Report this comment

I tend to agree with Colonel K. The Walthers are iconic and if you are a 007 fan, the old PPK in 7.65 is like a brick through a plate glass window (according to the quartermaster). For the size, weight, action and price, there are a lot of better alternatives like the Sig P365 and Glock 43 variants that use 9mm. For a collector that wants a PPK, fine but for a carry gun, I will pick something a bit more powerful, lighter and better DAO.

Posted by: TP8433 | February 21, 2019 9:56 AM    Report this comment

I currently own a Walther PP in 32 ACP. It was a German police issue sidearm. Came with the box, original factory targets showing the weapons group, the issue holster and 2 magazines. I agree with Colonel K that the PP and PPK have horrendous DA trigger pulls. The SA pulls are not all that great either. I like the hammer drop safety albeit a little awkward. If someone buys the new pistol it will be heavy as compared to all the polymer frame 32/380's out there now. Price is high as compared to others on the market in the same calibers. Would make for a good night stand gun. Reliability has always been 100

Posted by: socalcruiser | February 21, 2019 9:54 AM    Report this comment

I've used and owned Walther PP, PPK, and PPK/S pistols in both 32 and 380 for decades. They all possess the same fundamental drawbacks - very heavy DA trigger, clumsy decocker/safety, and too much weight for a pocket pistol. I would have been far more impressed if Walther had come out with an updated version of their rare lightweight L model, and offered a Kahr style DAO trigger or Sig style frame mounted decocker. At least they are offering a more discreet black finish as an option, but I suspect this gun will appeal more to James Bond fans than to serious defensive minded shooters. If Walther does ever make the suggested improvements, I'd certainly consider buying one. It remains one of the sleekest and attractive compact pistol platforms, despite its 90 year lineage.

Posted by: Colonel K | February 21, 2019 8:38 AM    Report this comment

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