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I saw a Fort Smith PPK/S in the wild.

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I ran into a Fort Smith PPK/S yesterday at a local gunshot in Northern Illinois. Looks like they are trickling out.

This was the plastic gripped version and not the Walnut gripped version.

It looked good to me but I am not a PPK purist or collector. Fit and finish were good. Trigger pulls DA and Sa were clean and better than I expected. No sharp edges that I was able to detect. Front sight was just a suggestion though, at least to my middle aged eyes.

I'll admit to struggling to understand just what this new PPKs niche is. It will not appeal to the old school afficiando and there are much more practical and affordable modern guns.

I'll say this though, In a sea of plastic and stamped metal modern guns on display, that PPK/S really stood out.

In the modern context, sitting next to carry guns now being produced, that PPK/S came across as a touch of class in a utilitarian plastic world. Maybe it will sell after all.
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I so want to try one of these but I just have no interest in .380 ACP.
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Their appeal lies in the fact that they're attractive, made out of metal, and function as weapons.

It's like the 1911, you can argue all day that there are more modern designs which are cheaper and easier to carry, yet people still buy them and carry them, as I imagine they'll continue to do until the invention/commercial availability of the Hand Phaser.
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My favorite "toy" store next to the local Costco had a stainless one on display when I stopped in the other week. More than a fair price, so it went home with me. I like it...a lot.

A very accurate shooter. Hasn't become my carry firearm yet, but that's probably because I don't have a holster as good as the one for my Shield. Would love to get a set of wood grips for it. Been keeping an eye out for a set that appeal to me.
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...It's like the 1911, you can argue all day that there are more modern designs which are cheaper and easier to carry, yet people still buy them and carry them, as I imagine they'll continue to do until the invention/commercial availability of the Hand Phaser.

In this country, at least, the 1911 was familiar to anyone who served in the US armed forces; the Walther was an exotic foreign weapon. The Walther was favored by a fictitious spy; the 1911 championed by the very real (and formidable) Col. Jeff Cooper. He made it the preeminent combat pistol, perhaps only now being eclipsed by Glock and its cousins.
There are some very real parallels between the two; we'll see if it enables Walther to sell some guns. The initial pictures and reports are more positive than expected, which is a good start.

Moon
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I would like to see the PPK made in Fort Smith. Are these out for sale, or still just a dream? What is the cost of one? What differences, if any, between this new one and the S&W and Interarms models. Thanks.
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I would like to see the PPK made in Fort Smith. Are these out for sale, or still just a dream? What is the cost of one? What differences, if any, between this new one and the S&W and Interarms models. Thanks.

I can't answer all your questions but I can confirm they are for sale. I saw it with my eyes and held it in my hands.

Price was in the mid 600s.
My favorite "toy" store next to the local Costco had a stainless one on display when I stopped in the other week. More than a fair price, so it went home with me. I like it...a lot.

A very accurate shooter. Hasn't become my carry firearm yet, but that's probably because I don't have a holster as good as the one for my Shield. Would love to get a set of wood grips for it. Been keeping an eye out for a set that appeal to me.
Let see some pics. What was the "fair" price you paid?
I would like to see the PPK made in Fort Smith. Are these out for sale, or still just a dream? What is the cost of one? What differences, if any, between this new one and the S&W and Interarms models. Thanks.
I purchased mine on March 6th for $570 plus sales tax. That includes a $20 discount for being a veteran. Stainless version.

Can't answer your question about the differences.

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what info does the "stamp" by the serial number contain? how is it read?
It looks like a tiny QR code?
It does look like a QR code, but my iPhone couldn't read it. It's too small, and the phone couldn't get close enough and stay in focus. One would need a camera with a macro lens to see it clearly. Or, maybe it is a new system based on the QR tech.
The tinfoil hat brigade are soon going to theorize that it鈥檚 an RF chip and the big 鈥榯hey鈥 will be able to track its movement anywhere. :rolleyes:
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just curious, have never noticed one on a firearm before. as a potential consumer it would be nice to know what it's for. I don't notice the tang anyone, but this (stamp) certainly jumps out as something new to the PP series. Aside from the tang (I no longer notice it), Walther has tried to honor the classic design (integrated sights, nice fit and finish) so, to me, this seems at odds with that. doesn't mean I won't buy one.
I don't notice the tang anyone
The tang is all I notice. It's like a big hairy mole on a beautiful girl's nose.
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you must have really gagged when the PPKS first came out;)
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In this country, at least, the 1911 was familiar to anyone who served in the US armed forces; the Walther was an exotic foreign weapon. The Walther was favored by a fictitious spy; the 1911 championed by the very real (and formidable) Col. Jeff Cooper. He made it the preeminent combat pistol, perhaps only now being eclipsed by Glock and its cousins.
There are some very real parallels between the two; we'll see if it enables Walther to sell some guns. The initial pictures and reports are more positive than expected, which is a good start.

Moon
Yeah, the only guy who ever carried the PPK was James Bond, nobody in real life ever carried them. It's not like it served in an army of it's own nation, nor numerous police forces all over the world, nor did it have numerous derivatives which also served in the military, nor was it one of the most popular concealed carry pistols for decades after its release. It's popularity is owed purely to a fictional spy.

Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic.

Honestly, what on Earth are you talking about? Do you even know, because it certainly doesn't seem like it.

This is what happens when you become so compulsive about disagreeing with an opinion that you no longer even take the time to actually think about what you're saying or if it's tangible before you post and end up making a total fool of yourself.
Gun show in Toledo area this weekend, perhaps I will see one there.
Austin, quit being so damned defensive. I've said some positive things about your new baby, and you are certainly welcome to spend your money on one.
As far as knowing what I'm talking about, let me humbly suggest that I've probably forgotten more about guns than you'll ever know.



Now as regards the computer scannable thingy, a similar marking is on the new GI Sig pistol, and it is probably the way of the future for inventorying firearms. This is a thing with potential for both good and evil.
Moon
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Glad to see they are showing up now and again. I am crossing my fingers with the hope that they will also make a PPK in 7.65.
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