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Old 02-18-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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My PPK 22 arrived and I am thrilled with it. It is beautifully made and I wish I would not have waited so long to get one. I have never handled a 22 version of the PP series and was surpised at the credit card like thickness of the slide walls. I hope it holds up well to a lot of shooting. I do have a question on the magazine capacity. The manual is in German but it looks like the capacity is stated as 7, the same as the 32. When I looked at the Interarms manual for my 32 PPK it lists the 22 PPK of having a magazine capacity of 8. I found it interesting that my 1998 manual lists specs for a gun that Interarms/Ranger never produced. The manual also lists the weight as 21 ounces for all three calibers but the 22 feels lighter than that.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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My 1962 22 manual says 9. There has been a lot of discussion here on 8 or 9. Mine has never been a problem with 9. I bought it new in 1962 so you should not worry about wearing it out. I think some of the manuals did vary from 8 to 9.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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My 22 LR PPK, and PPK/L, 1967, and 1968 mfg, both mags hold 9 rounds plus one in the chamber for a total of 10 rounds.

That is a nice looking PPK you have there with the low price of
.22 lr ammo you can afford to shoot thousands and thousand of rounds. My first PPK in .22 lr was manufactued in 1967, and I have shot a least 50,000 rounds through it and it still has 95% bluing, I never carried it in a holster. Also the barrel is still accurate, probably more accurate now
than when I first purchase it.

Nothing as ever broke, but the one critical area is the safety. I never use the safety to decock the hammer, I decock the hammer the same way you would decock a revolver and always, of course, point the pistol in a safe direction.

Now, go out and shoot that Walther......

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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Alfonzo, I understand why you are manually lowering the hammer, but let me suggest it would be safer, assuming you are right handed, to:

-capture the hammer with your left thumb
-apply the safety with your right thumb while holding the hammer to the rear
-ease the hammer down against the safety drum

Someplace in an old gunrag article (by Skeeter Skelton?) there is a picture of a Walther with its safety drum cracked by letting the hammer slam.

As regards .22 magazine capacity, who knows? My PPK/s mag will usually work with 10, tho' it's much easier to insert the mag with the slide locked back.
A buddy's similar gun will not chamber the first round of Federal AutoMatch, while mine will.
It's usually just easier to only load nine.
My owner's manual for the .22 makes no mention of mag capacity, but the one for the Interarms gun says 9 in the PPK/s and 8 in the PPK.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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That is a very nice looking .22. You will certainly have many range hours of enjoyment. I always put 9 rounds into my .22's. I've stopped topping my mags off anymore. Used to do it regularly and you can pack 10 rounds in if you want. Congratulations again on a really nice score. ~J
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:22 PM   #6
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I always put 9 rounds into my .22's. I've stopped topping my mags off anymore. Used to do it regularly and you can pack 10 rounds in if you want. ~J
This pretty much sums it up.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:38 AM   #7
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The manual also lists the weight as 21 ounces for all three calibers but the 22 feels lighter than that.
PPK 7,65mm/9mmk => 560 gram, 7/6 rounds capacity +1
PPK .22lr => 530 gram, 9 rounds capacity +1
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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Trying to load those .22 mags to full capacity is just too much struggle and leads to bent feed lips. And by the time you load the 9th round, the bullet nose presentation has gone to hell and first round reliability suffers.

It is no accident that full-size .22 pistols like the Ruger with much longer magazines and with a far more advantageous angle on the stack are nonetheless only 10-rounders.

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Old 03-03-2012, 09:36 PM   #9
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Notice the inconsistencies shown in the various manuals on round-count for magazines. You'd think this question was sorted-out by now, the PP came to market in 1929, for goodness' sake !!

MGMike is perfectly correct. These are rimmed cartridges and they want to stack on top of one another and end up in a curved shape stack. The larger frame 22's (like Belgian Browning 22's, Rugers Mk 1,ll, lll, etc) are indeed taller mags and oftentimes more slanted to compensate. Even with these, 10 is the max.

Here are some random pics of manuals--->



Below, 1961, French--->

Below, 1965 German--->

Below, 1967, US--->

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Old 03-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #10
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Thanks for the picts of the various manuals IPSC. My manual is like the 65 German one. If I am reading it correctly it is listing the 22lr PPk at 7 rounds not the 8 or 9 we have been discussing. Crazy stuff!
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