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Old 05-03-2010, 12:25 AM
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Found a stainless steel Walther PPK in .380. This one is a older Interarms import. Would like to get some info on these from you folks. I have heard this are good ones to own. Thanks!
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I don't believe any of the stainless guns were imported. Interarms set up a US plant so they could manufacture the PPK in the US and avoid the GCA 68 import restrictions. The German and French guns were blue or nickel finish. I owned three PPK pistols over the years. My first was a German 1979 vintage blue 380. It fed Super Vel and Winchester Silvertips just fine. I sold it to help build my first house. The second was an early US made stainless 380 that would only work reliably with hardball ammo. It had a lot of sharp edges and was not a pleasant gun. I sold it during the divorce sale. My current is a later US made stainless 380 that feeds any type of ammo and is very reliable. It often resides in a front pocket holster during hot weather. If you get a good one it's great but some of the US built PPKs had reliability issues. Shoot it if you can before buying.

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My wife has an Interarms PPK that has always run perfectly.
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Thanks for the info gents. I learned a few things already! This one looks to be one of the late manufacture Interarms. Didn't get a much of a chance to check it out much. Will do so today.
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I bought an Interarms stainless, PPKS in the mid-80's. It was my CCW for a lot of years. I never had any issues with it. It has been reliable with everything I've ever put through it. By comparison, a friend bought a blued PPK at the same time and had feeding problems from the get-go..........go figure !

I use a Kel-Tec, P3AT more now due to the light weight and ease of pocket carry. But, the PPKS still goes with me when I work out on my Mtn Bike ..ie..sweating profusely .

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I bought my stainless steel Interarms Walther PPK .380 new in 1988 and carried it off duty and as a backup for 20 years. It served me flawlessly. I carried Winchester Silvertips that never had a problem. If I was carrying it still today, I would try the new Hornady Critical Defense rounds in it.

I retired my PPK when I bought a Ruger LCP for daily carry. I treated my PPK to a little sprucing up as a reward for its 20 years of service. I sent it to Michael Gouse for 75% coverage American Scroll:



The sights are excellent, the trigger pull DA is smooth and the SA is light on mine. Ergonomically with my big hands, the PPK has always felt perfect. I just hold the gun so that the web of my right hand isn't too high on the grip so that I avoid the railroad track cuts from the slide coming back. I've been cut a few times, so I've learned to avoid it. Not that the cuts are all that bad, I viewed them as service scars!
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