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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.
A Walther PPK Review: A classic, iconic pistol which is still desired to this day after over 80 years of production. Before I bought it, I read review after review for 2 months before I finally decided to pick it up. I can’t lie and say that the James Bond 007 fame didn’t help- it is a sexy little pistol. But that wasn’t the only reason I was interested in it. I was looking to serve several purposes. I wanted something I could carry as well as for home defense. That it is iconic and sexy as hell was just a perk. If it did not have a solid reputation, I wouldn’t have gotten it in the first place.
The Walther PPK pistol. Recognized by knowledgeable handgunners as a jewel of German engineering, it was a fictional English spy who made the little semi-automatic almost a household word. The compact pistol was a perfect choice for James Bond to carry beneath the impeccably tailored tuxedos and expensive suits he wore almost nightly in the great casinos of Europe.