Walther PPK | SHOT Show 2019

Walther PPK

In a world of SIG P365's, Glock 43X's and Roland Specials, one would think pistol manufacturers would be itching to come out with the next Wonder-9. While Walther has an array of modern 9mm pistols, what caught my eye was something a little unusual for 2019.

Walther kicked it old school during SHOT Show, bringing back the PPK. For those unfamiliar with the weapon of choice for the world's greatest super-spy, the Walther PPK is a steel frame, double/single action .380ACP pistol.

When asking the Walther representatives why they would restart production on the PPK, they had one answer for me. Cool factor. Explaining that Retro guns are en vogue right now, they expect the PPK to be a popular option for the fashion forward pistolero.


Shooting Impressions

Having previously owned a Cold War era Walther PP, I was less than enthused. However, shooting the PPK during range day softened my hard heart, though only slightly.Walther PPK

The double action trigger is long and heavy, but an improvement from previous iterations. While not as good as a CZ-83, it is serviceable, feeling similar to a J-Frame. Single action is again serviceable but nothing to write home about. Trigger reset is long and mostly indistinct. The heavy frame eats up the already mild recoil of. 380, and the fixed sights are effective yet trim.

The stainless version of the Walther PPK will be available by the end of January, with no date given for the blued model. Guns ship with two 7 round magazines with an MSRP of $799.

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Daniel holds instructor certifications from Rangemaster, Agile Training & Consulting, and the NRA. He has received training from Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, and Steve Fisher among others. He also has experience competing in USPSA, CAS, 3 Gun, and Steel Challenge. In his free time Daniel enjoys petting puppies and reading the Constitution. His work is also published by AmmoLand, Recoil Concealment, and Air Force Times. Daniel has also written and edited for The Kommando Blog.


  1. I figured it would take the same effort to rack. She has several pistols including the 380 EZ. She has the ppk also in 22 caliber. She was just hoping the new 380 ppk for some reason would be easier to rack. She still wants one but won’t get one if it is still the same as mine. Kinda hard for me to rack also.

  2. Racking the slide on our Interarms PPK is too difficult for my wife. Is the new PPK the same? My wife would still like to have one she could actually rack & shoot.

    • Since it is the same design, it is going to require the same force to rack. Maybe look at the S&W Shield EZ, that is a great firearm for those that have a hard time cycling a slide by hand.

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