I suspect the number of consumers they’re ignoring is insufficiently large to overcome the economies of scale to favor producing in another caliber.I just slammed them (in the comments) on their flippant denial of .32/7.65 as possibility.
... But they're just ignoring their consumers if they dismiss .32.
I could see that. Start the .32 as a limited edition... test the waters. And it would definitely fit with their Legends line.Gentleman's wager:
I'm putting my money on Walther pulling in a very quickly sold, high sales volume / low production ppk targeted at a specific demographic ("enthusiasts"/"collectors") and for a very respectable profit margin with a
"Limited Edition" release in .32 / 7.65
This would do 2 things for Walther. (In no particular order)
1. Sold Out = %$$$$$$$$$$>.380
2. Another "collectable" to add to their legends repertoire
Like all firearms manufacturers, they have to do the calculatiom on what it would cost to produce it vs some prognostication of how many they think they could sell and for how much.I could see that. Start the .32 as a limited edition... test the waters. And it would definitely fit with their Legends line.
On the other hand, if they invest in tooling, design, regulatory BS to get a new gun out there... you'd think they'd want to sell as many as they could.
On the other, other hand... it's not like there's any mystery on how to make a 7.65 PPK. I guess it wouldn't require a major investment in R&D, etc. But who knows.
Still, people don't buy rounds for guns they don't have. Putting a crop of .32 PPKs out there may influence the sale of .32, more so than .32 will influence the sale of PPKs.If you look at number of rounds and reloading components sold, I wonder where .32acp winds up?
True. Chicken and egg to some extent.Still, people don't buy rounds for guns they don't have. Putting a crop of .32 PPKs out there may influence the sale of .32, more so than .32 will influence the sale of PPKs.
I think they need to run some focus groups so they have some real insights about what their consumers want.