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Old 05-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Has anyone owned or fired both the 380 ppk or ppk/s and the 32 acp version of same? what is the handling and percieved power like compairing the two? I own a 380 but I have a few boxes of 32 practice stuff and thought I might buy a ppk in 32 to justify the ammo
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #2
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Many here, myself included, vastly prefer the .32; it tends to be more reliable, and is infinitely more pleasant to shoot. The .380s slide comes to quite an abrupt halt at the end of its travel, 'twanging' the frame.
The gun was originally designed for the .32, and many feel it's a better fit.
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In my case I only go .32 ACP for all PP, PPK, and PPK/S Walthers.
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I have two PPK/S in .380 (very reliable, but not 100% — very close, though), a previous one that never would stop jamming, and a PPK in .32 that has run flawlessly with zero malfunctions. The flawed weapon was an Interarms. The two good .380s are an Interarms and a S&W. The .32 PPK is a Smith.
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Moon, JW, & UE are all very informed on PPK's & a lot of us like the 32 way better than a 380 in PPK. They are accurate , I believe more so than a 380PPK. I have both but the 32 is much easier to shoot .
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We use to "debate" the convenience of having a 380 vs. a 32 on here, because the ammo was cheaper. Now that it's all high or hard to find......that crutch no longer applies.

The gun was built around the 7.65 and that seems to be where it functions the best.
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No question that shooting the .32 is easier on the hand. Then again, there's no question that shooting the same pistol in .22 is far easier on the hand than either the .32 or the .380 ACP models. But if the real issue here is that you are merely looking for an excuse to add another Walther to the trophy room, must say that the idea of having some spare boxes of ammo lying around is as good as any.
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Searcher, I thought that was a very clever excuse to buy a new gun. I'll have to try that, Honey, I have a couple boxes of 32 here & I don't have a gun to shoot it in. It's a shame to waste it. What a winner.
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I would have to agree with Searcher, .22LR in the PP is a sweet range shoot. But if the original question was which has the better ballistics for SD applications, then we know the answer. Of course, reliability, shot placement, etc. matter more, so either caliber can do the job.

My PPK rides in the car and I use it at the range, so I went for the .380. My PP in .22 is for fun. My next PP or PPK will definitely be a .32.
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Uh-oh Searcher; now you've done it; next somebody will be asking about the Waltharex (UmaWalther?) .22, and then we'll have stepped in the poo...

Geo, the .380 is of course more powerful, but not by orders of magnitude; neither is a death ray, but both have made lots of people quite dead.

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