The PPK/S has the frame of the PP pistol, mated to the PPK length slide and barrel. This was done so that the PPK could be imported into the U.S. after the CGA of 1968. The PPK didn't "earn" enough points to qualify for importation. My understanding is that they are all made in the U.S. and that Walther retired their production in Germany.
So, technically they are made by S&W with Walther's "blueprints" and are sold as the "Walther PPKS" under the name Walther USA...right?..... I was thinking of getting one, but I wanted a 100% German PPK/s.---Didn't know if 100% German were still produced. Hope I have confused anyone----thanks again for the help---this is an awesome site---ASUS
You need to look a little harder then. There were a lot of them made from 1969 till the 1980's. In 1979 Interarms started making Licensed copies of them here in the States originally in .380 then in 1998 a .32 acp was made. The .22 caliber versions were made in France only. Most of the PP series pistols, including the PPK/S had the parts made at Manurhin and then shipped to Germany for final assembly. They all say, except for the .22's, made in W. Germany, however if the serial number is in the 800,000 range, then all the parts were made in Germany and not just assembled there. The "S" means special.
My understading is that the ppk/s were originally made in germany(or assembled there at least) around 1968 mainly for export to the US to get around the size restrictions of the GCA. Years later they were made by interarms in the US.
seems like p88 posted at the same time I posted so that is why it looks redundant.
Yes, The PPK/E was a PPK/S style pistol made for Walther by FEG. From what I've heard, it was mainly made for the European market and wasn't really that well made. If there are any in the States, it probably very few.
Myself I would like a German made but my early made Interarms SS has served me fine. I know I don't want a S&W made. I ve read more bad about them than Interarms. Why can't Walter build a plant in the states and build their own.
I regrettably sold my interarms ppk/s some years ago and thought of picking up a new S&W made one but I have handled a few and the quality doesnt seem consistant. The trigger on one was really sloppy, it had a lot of play so I bought a sig 232 instead.
That's good news actually. I had enquired last year about purchacing a PPK, but they were not in production yet. Dealer told me that S&W manufactured PPK was forthcoming. I couldn't wait and bought a PPK/s. Perhaps they are up to speed and new PPK are now available.