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Hi all, just want to preface by saying i am brand new to walther but always like them and when I finally moved to a state that would let me carry I have been thinking of buying one. My question is I found a nice 1978 W. German PPK but it’s pricey. Is there that big of a difference between the older guns and the new PPKs made in the states besides the collectability aspect of it.
 

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Is the German gun a PPK? And are you asking about a Ft Smith PPK/S. Both are nice pistols but the PPK is the smaller of the two and one that generally costs more money. I prefer the fit and looks of the older pistols myself and have no interest in the new pistols. But, that is because I have several of the others in .22, .32 and 9mm kurz. In recent years I have been able to purchase these pistols for less than a new Ft Smith model. But, the prices aren't going down because they aren't making any more of them. The German/ French Manurhin models would be my choice. If you have big meaty hands the new pistol might better protect you from slide bite. I have hands that fit the old style pistol just fine.

The PPK is a classic pistol, but there are better models these days for carry/self defense. None are as pretty though. 1917
 

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Is the German gun a PPK? And are you asking about a Ft Smith PPK/S. Both are nice pistols but the PPK is the smaller of the two and one that generally costs more money. I prefer the fit and looks of the older pistols myself and have no interest in the new pistols. But, that is because I have several of the others in .22, .32 and 9mm kurz. In recent years I have been able to purchase these pistols for less than a new Ft Smith model. But, the prices aren't going down because they aren't making any more of them. The German/ French Manurhin models would be my choice. If you have big meaty hands the new pistol might better protect you from slide bite. I have hands that fit the old style pistol just fine.

The PPK is a classic pistol, but there are better models these days for carry/self defense. None are as pretty though. 1917
Yes it is a west German made .380 in very nice condition too. It’s a pretty gun but at 2k hard to justify
 

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That's way too much. Look into the for sale section here, hit local gun shops, etc. I paid about $320 for a police turn in PP in .32 a few years ago. About $400 for a beautiful Manurhin .380 PPK/S and the most expensive ones have been like new .22 cal models. Those cost me $500 and $600 ea but they look new. Box and all. Got any specific caliber you are looking for? Those .380's kick like a mule. The .32's are very pleasant to shoot. Some high end pistols with matching prices are at Simpson's Ltd. Many are way under $2K. 1917
 

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I’ve seen a West German 1978 PPK (yes, PPK, not PPK/S) at a pawn shop here in DFW a few months ago, for $450. Was tempted, didn’t buy.
 

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That's way too much. Look into the for sale section here, hit local gun shops, etc. I paid about $320 for a police turn in PP in .32 a few years ago. About $400 for a beautiful Manurhin .380 PPK/S and the most expensive ones have been like new .22 cal models. Those cost me $500 and $600 ea but they look new. Box and all. Got any specific caliber you are looking for? Those .380's kick like a mule. The .32's are very pleasant to shoot. Some high end pistols with matching prices are at Simpson's Ltd. Many are way under $2K. 1917
Thanks I thought that was a little expensive. Either .380 or .32
 

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I’ve seen a West German 1978 PPK (yes, PPK, not PPK/S) at a pawn shop here in DFW a few months ago, for $450. Was tempted, didn’t buy.
If you find a good deal like that and you aren't interested....we have a section here where you can post a link. I'm sure a lot of Members would have been interested. Do you remember the caliber. Condition, etc. We are greedy around here when it comes to such shootin' irons. 1917
 

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I’ve seen a West German 1978 PPK (yes, PPK, not PPK/S) at a pawn shop here in DFW a few months ago, for $450. Was tempted, didn’t buy.
Post 1968 German PPK's are rare enough in the US that you could have at least tripled your money selling it on this forum. Maybe more.
 

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If you find a good deal like that and you aren't interested....we have a section here where you can post a link. I'm sure a lot of Members would have been interested. Do you remember the caliber. Condition, etc. We are greedy around here when it comes to such shootin' irons. 1917
It was a .380 and in “stored in holster” condition, and I did post about it here.
 

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My caveat about actually carrying minty, older Walthers...
The best way to turn a $1k gun into an $750 gun is to carry it close to your body. Drop it on concrete, have it end in an evidence locker...
Get something new (and easy to replace) to carry; keep that vintage Walther as a range queen.
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