Continuation of my first post in the "welcome" thread...
I'm new to firearms, having shot once with a friend a few years ago and once more last summer through a self defense class. I found it fun both times, and in the months since, I've been slowly mulling my options.
I'm unashamed of my james bond fan-dom. Seen all the films thanks to my dad (who has seen them all in the theater, including Dr No from many moons ago), loved them. Typical to form, a part of me wants to carry a PPK and be a spy.
In recent months I've been casually perusing various Walther options. Do I get the PPK I always wanted? What about that new PPQ? Everyone seems to be raving about that thing. Wait, it's also available in .22 which makes it cheaper to play with on the range (my likely only choice of shooting at least in the near future)... wait there's a PPK(/s) in a .22? .... .... (nevermind that there seems to have been for apparently many years... did I forget to mention that I really do NOT know much about firearms? ha!)
In the past few months of searching, I've learned that the PPK, while famous, has had it's, shall we say... "varied history." Folks lambasting the original interarms variants, then years later they are "better than umarex," etc etc. Still others absolutely loving it. (maybe it boils down to the common case of (mis)managing expectations?)
Realistically, I'm only likely to purchase one firearm. I'm not terribly interested in it for self defense purposes, but rather for fun-- to play with on the range, to show off, and let others in their curiosity shoot as well. Eventually maybe teach the kids how to shoot with it. And way eventually, if I ever have land outside the city, maybe get a suppressor to enjoy all the more. Maybe, JUST MAYBE, I'll ever have a second firearm. But not likely anytime soon. SOOOO-- do I go with "the gun I've always wanted since I was a wee lad" or with something more recent that gets a boatload of great reviews? If I get a PPQ (9mm or .22lr), will a piece of me regret that I didn't get that "one gun" that I always come back to (ppk)?
While trying to make my decision, I have tried to piece together the puzzle of the PPK(/s) family, to help me decide. Reading and watching reviews, of course, but then trying to figure out which model(s) were produced where, which were generally regarded as good or bad, etc. And now coming to find out that the "originals," even if I did want to save up and spend way too much on, people seem to regard as something to be displayed rather than fired.. due to age of the pistol. That's just utterly disappointing! (but completely understandable)
I'm having trouble, however, because while people have extreme opinions about various models of PPK and PPKs, I haven't found a definitive set of identifiers to tell them apart. Serial numbers, perhaps. But there is also apparently different styling, markings, coloration, etc that are much easier tells of lineage than trying to decipher a serial number. However I have yet to find a place that seems to pull it all together from an _objective_ point of view (e.g. photos organized by models, years and locations of manufacturer, etc).
Then I read that "new" (old design) "all metal" PPK's are going to come back out, which seems to mean that people are really excited about this over the zinc alloy and other metals used in recent years. Seems this has been advertised for a while now with little progress, but then in the past week I've seen (here) that apparently all-metal is really coming back! Yay! I think??? Some here seem excited.. Some seem pessimistic (e.g. is this new design going to make the umarex versions something to be sought after, "instead of that new junk?").
And here I am, an absolute n00b, who just wants to feel like a kid again (now that I'm old enough to have disposable income!), playing spy-vs-spy at the range...
So, here's where I'm at.
- Yes, the PPQ interests me. A lot. And a .22lr option makes it even more affordable.
- But, I'm not ashamed to admit that the PPK just tugs at my childhood heart (and of course to show my dad "my new toy").
- I feel a PPQ, while exciting and fun, will leave me wanting.
- But, from what I've been reading, "old PPK's are for show, not for fun, and new PPK's are just junk."
- There's some new "all steel" version coming out, but it's brand new, so will it be "junk" also?
Well, there it is. Heart-on-shoulder style. Of course I'm hoping to be reassured that a PPK is a good choice, and that the new ones are "worth waiting for." But, I also am willing to listen to hard truths if I need to just get a PPQ for fun and wait (and save up) for the day when I can afford an old PPK "show piece."
What's a kid (at heart) to do?