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Old 04-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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My Latest Acquisition And My First Walther In Years

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I picked up this Walther PPK .380 yesterday. It's my first Walther in years and I'm impressed.

I took it to the range this morning and put a little over 200 rounds of ammo though it including Remington and Winchester FMJ and Federal LE Hydra-Shok JHPs. I'm happy to report it functioned flawlessly.



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Old 04-06-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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Sweet!

Love the PPK.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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Sweet!

Love the PPK.
Thanks, Glenn!

I agree. They're a great little pistol.
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Come on in....welcome (back) aboard. What did you have before?
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome!

Over the years, I owned a war-era PP .32 ACP and an Interarms PPK/S .380 I bought new in the early '70s.
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That's a beautiful example. I'm happy to hear it performed well. Haven't tried JHP in mine yet, but I think I'll go for it the next time I'm at the range. Any brand preferences or any that you've heard feed better than others?
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Hi XTrooper, Your PPK/S is going to be your little buddy, You're going to love it. Welcome back to Walther's. You have some really sweet weapons posted on your site but, that's what I would expect from an ex-trooper. I noticed your bikes on your page, very nice. I love the F800GS, awesome color too. Have you ever checked out the forum Expedition Portal? Looks like that you might be interested in. I'm not associated with the site. Just a member like here & like here it has a great bunch of guys.
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That's a beautiful example. I'm happy to hear it performed well. Haven't tried JHP in mine yet, but I think I'll go for it the next time I'm at the range. Any brand preferences or any that you've heard feed better than others?
Well, I looked at a bunch of terminal ballistic tests first and although none of the .380 JHP loads are known for great penetration, the Federal Hydra-Shok and Hornady XTP loads consistently perform the best in this regard. They always expand to some degree and they average 11"-12" in ballistic media.
Fortuitously, both of these loads also have the same truncated cone style bullet which aids in feeding and my PPK had no problems whatsoever with the Hydra-Shoks.
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Hi XTrooper, Your PPK/S is going to be your little buddy, You're going to love it. Welcome back to Walther's. You have some really sweet weapons posted on your site but, that's what I would expect from an ex-trooper. I noticed your bikes on your page, very nice. I love the F800GS, awesome color too. Have you ever checked out the forum Expedition Portal? Looks like that you might be interested in. I'm not associated with the site. Just a member like here & like here it has a great bunch of guys.
Thanks a bunch for the kind words, amigo.

Yeah, I love my F800GS. Didn't know about the Expedition Portal, but I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for the link!
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I love mine too Steve. It's a Smith PPK 380 that I carry as my off duty and backup weapon, and enjoy shooting it almost as much as my Garand! Nice thing is, I can justify 50 rds of 380 a whole lot easier than 20 rounds of Garand '06!
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