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Picked up a PPK-L .22 from "Collectors Firearms" a few days ago. I have to say I am somewhat stunned as to its performance.
I have other Walther .22's - A PP, PPK/S and a TPH. The PP and PPK/S have the occasional failure to feed or extract (say, 1-2 of every 100 rounds depending on ammo) and the TPH sometimes needs another strike on the primer for ignition.
The PPK, a '68 vintage, after over 400 rds. of CCI 40 gr. solids and 40 rounds of 36 gr. hollow points has been 100% reliable.
I thought the PPK mags held 8 rds., but mine easily takes 9 and inserts with the slide forward just fine.
Accuracy has been decent, around 2 1/2" 5-shot groups at 25 yards, about 2-3" high from p.o.a.
Did I luck out with this one? Needless to say, although somewhat astronomical in cost I'm one happy customer!
 

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Needless to say, although somewhat astronomical in cost I'm one happy customer!
The good thing about a .22 PPK you think you paid too much for is that after you shoot it it becomes worth every penny. They're not only beautiful but truly are a dream to shoot. I have some occasional issues with HP ammo not feeding properly but pretty much any round nose ammo works fine in all 3 of my .22s.
 

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My first time doing business with them. I actually traded in a PPK/S .22 and a later production PP .380 towards the PPK-L. They gave me more than I thought they would offer for each one. If you were to figure out how much I had in to each gun (one was from the Cabelas website, the other from Armslist) I got exactly what I paid for them - didn't lose a dime.
I'm kind of interested in seeing what they list the PPK/S .22 for since the thing about it is it was mismarked from the factory as a PP model. I had spotted it on the Cabelas website and snatched it up, even though I already had a PPK/S. When I brought up the purchase here on the Forum I thought a few guys kind of ostracized me by making comments like "Gee, he thinks he has the Holly Grail", so it will be interesting to see what they price it at.
Anyway, it's fun to peruse their catalog just for fun if nothing else.
 

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I thought about getting a ppk .22 but since I have a p22 and ruger mkII and the ppk .22 wont be a self defense arm, I talked myself out of it reasonably quick. for those that have them, what was the reason you picked the ppk .22?
 

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The quality...the almost mirror finish on the flats of the slide...the way it fits in my hand...an added member to the collection of Walthers...and the biggest reason I picked it up - because I wanted one, had for years but never thought I could afford it. Just as a "treat" for myself I guess.
Wow, this thing is amazing. I've had it for maybe a week now and have had it out to the range I think 5 times and well over 600 rounds through it, the vast majority CCI Mini Mag 40 grain solids. Z e r o malfunctions. And that has been loading the magazine with 9 after putting one in the chamber. I started doing this just so I wouldn't have to stop and load another one for firing 2, 5-shot groups, but then kept doing it as a functioning test.
I have lots of other .22 pistols as well, the P-22, a PPK/S, a PP, a TPH, a couple of MkII's, a 1954 Colt Challenger, a 16-shot Taurus TX22 (a very neat gun), an old Charter Arms Pathfinder revolver, a Pietta 10-shot "Peacemaker" 4 5/8" and even an Erma RX22 which was meant to look like a PPK. These are all fun guns, but just not a "don't make'em like that anymore" PPK from the 60's.
I guess it's like getting to own a vintage Chris Craft when you've been wanting one for 20 years...finally scratching the itch as it were.
 

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I just bought a new PPK/S 22. No matter what ammo I use it jams (failure to eject, casing gets stuck in barrel or casing goes backwards instead of out). I have 3 mags for it and it happens will all of them. I’ve switch ammo. Generally speaking I like it, but not if it’s unreliable.
 

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Welcome Cat....what do you mean by new? New to you or a brand new pistol. The only new PPK/S .22 I'm aware of is the Umarex version which isn't built in the traditional manner. If the new Umarex zinc model with the barrel nut that holds the barrel on....it will have a lifetime warranty. Ft Smith in Arkansas will take care of issues at 100% their cost.

Off the top of my head it sounds like you have an ammo problem. Too weak, not enough blowback energy. We can sometimes be very helpful here regarding issues, sometimes not as internet diagnosis is a bit difficult. So, specifically what pistol? Then, what ammo? CCI Mini mags and Rem Goldens have enough umph to cycle the slide. Weak ammo will many times cause the slide to short stroke and will cause the spent case to be shoved back into the chamber.

There can be a number of other things to check but first we need to know what firearm we are dealing with....and ammo. 1917
 

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Welcome Cat....what do you mean by new? New to you or a brand new pistol. The only new PPK/S .22 I'm aware of is the Umarex version which isn't built in the traditional manner. If the new Umarex zinc model with the barrel nut that holds the barrel on....it will have a lifetime warranty. Ft Smith in Arkansas will take care of issues at 100% their cost.

Off the top of my head it sounds like you have an ammo problem. Too weak, not enough blowback energy. We can sometimes be very helpful here regarding issues, sometimes not as internet diagnosis is a bit difficult. So, specifically what pistol? Then, what ammo? CCI Mini mags and Rem Goldens have enough umph to cycle the slide. Weak ammo will many times cause the slide to short stroke and will cause the spent case to be shoved back into the chamber.

There can be a number of other things to check but first we need to know what firearm we are dealing with....and ammo. 1917
I bought at Fleet Farm. It was not sold as a “used” gun. I have all the paperwork on it.
I have used Remington, Federal, Ruag, and Agilla. I’ve sent an Email to Ft. Smith, waiting to hear back.
 

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I bought at Fleet Farm. It was not sold as a “used” gun. I have all the paperwork on it.
I have used Remington, Federal, Ruag, and Agilla. I’ve sent an Email to Ft. Smith, waiting to hear back.
 

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Looking at the frame through the ejection port.....the one on top is an old Ulm Germany all steel pistol ..22 pistol.. The one on the bottom is an Umarex zinc frame and slide model as evidenced by the chamber area of the barrel seen in the ejection port. That one will have a barrel nut that tightens the barrel onto the frame. The top one will have a barrel pressed into the frame with a pin holding it. Pretty much two different pistols entirely. 1917
 

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I also have a PPK-L in .22, (and one in 7.65 as well). They are my two most favorite pistols, by far. I would never part with either of them.
 

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Looking at the frame through the ejection port.....the one on top is an old Ulm Germany all steel pistol ..22 pistol.. The one on the bottom is an Umarex zinc frame and slide model as evidenced by the chamber area of the barrel seen in the ejection port. That one will have a barrel nut that tightens the barrel onto the frame. The top one will have a barrel pressed into the frame with a pin holding it. Pretty much two different pistols entirely. 1917
Mine is the bottom one but all black like the top one. Thank you for the help.
 

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OK, that is the newer Umarex PPK. It has a cast zinc slide and frame. The barrel is inserted through the frame and then tightened using a barrel nut and sleeve over the barrel. Similar to a P22. So, one of the first things to check is to make sure the barrel nut is tight. Next you will need to hold the pistol firmly and you will need snappy ammo. CCI Mini Mags or Remington Golden Bullets should be able to cycle the slide. But, your pistol is not like the one that is the subject of this thread. There is a section up top for your pistol. But basically what you are describing can occur in all short barrel, full slide .22 pistols if the ammo is not powerful enough. Try some CCI Mini Mags...they get off the line fast and should have enough blow back energy to solve your issues. 1917
 
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