Hello. I'll first say I'm not a PP collector or even owner. I'll probably take that step as the P99 served as kind of a gateway drug into the Walther world for me.The Ft. Smith pistols, assuming that they are ever available, are a non-starter for me; I will stick with the hundreds of Walther, Manurhin, and Interarms/Ranger pistols available at any given moment if I want another PPK(/S). Thankfully, the venerable PP is only available as a Deutschland Walther or French Manurhin. A Ft. Smith version of that Art Deco gem would really be an affront, IMO.
Halfmoon, The Tomcats used to have a rep from slide or frame cracking if I remember correctly. Sounds like they are now a little beefier???. Is the cracking issue a thing of the past?Balog, your picture looks better than the earlier examples. Still not a thing of beauty, but better.
The Deutschers are a little twitchy about exporting armaments since that unpleasantness in the '40s.
I have two Interarms .32s, a PPK and PPK/s...the prices are going nowhere but up, and it isn't what I would carry anyway. We here have made the .32s pricey!
The Beretta Tomcat is actually a neat little pistol, if you really want a .32.
The slide is heavier than in the past, and it is more pleasant to shoot as a result.
I thought it looked good too. Much better than the early prototypes shown over the last couple of years. The early guns making the round looked like they were carved out of a block of wood...with a butter knife.Just watched the prototype video review...looks beautiful. Good job Walther
Thanks for the reply GeoNole. I guess I'm more of a "shooter" than a collector.Yeah, the PPQ was my gateway drug, but soon I discovered a whole range of old-school drugs that I much prefer.
If "shooting" includes reliability of design, operation/cycling, quality of materials, manufacturing, fit, finish, etc. then, yes, I do expect more and better from those older guns. Who knows about accuracy and precision of the bullet leaving the barrel, and newer might be better, but only to really expert shooters (i.e., not a hack like me). History, nostalgia, collectability, etc. certainly play a role for me, but I am too old to yearn for my lost youth, which was all about Colt and S&W wheel guns As for the PP, that was the original, and I personally love the lines of that gun. Interarms, S&W, and now Ft. Smith never attempted the PP, undoubtedly because of changing fashions (and perhaps James Bond) and potential market share more than anything else. An early Manurhin PP with that fabulous polish and deep, deep bluing will never be replicated, nor does it need to be with all of them out there waiting for a new chance to do what they do best. My $0.02, 100%
Thanks for the responses guys.Tomcats are beefier but not necessarily a thing of the past. I personally think most of the cracking issues are caused by people using hotter than recommended ammo and shooting them like they're range guns. I have 2 and neither have cracked.
Nothing looks nicer than a beautifully blued gunThe new PPK/S indeed looks nicer than expected, at least the stainless version. I wonder how the blued (should I say black?) versions look like in the meantime. Those first shown models had a rather ugly finish and reminded me of a cheap toy.
Whether and when the models will be on the market doesn't matter to me fortunately. Due to the very unattractive calibre I will probably limit myself to only one exemplar for my collection anyway. I assume that the new models will not be officially offered in Europe; so far there are no indications at all. Probably they will have to be imported individually.