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Walther PPK/S When you hear the names Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton or Pierce Brosnan, the code name 007 will likely come to mind. Well alright, maybe not George Lazenby or Timothy Dalton. Through the numerous Bond missions that have come out of Hollywood's movie machine, there have been an infinite number of eye-opening weaponary, including classics like the laser beam Rolex, amphibious sportscars with on-board missile systems, torpedo launching stereo boom-boxes, and much much more.

But most of us forget the one weapon that gets the spotlight mission after mission; the trusty little hand gun that lives in Bond's tuxedo through love and war - for King and Country of course. Bonds trusty piece, the Walther PPK, has gained its own cult status and will forever be associated with the Bond name. Dedicated Bond fans will know that 007's first gun was a Beretta but that all changed in the first movie; Dr. No.

The Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kurz) is a German made pistol. Introduced in 1938, it received wide-spread use by the German Armed Force Commander Units during WWII. It was one of the first commercially successful pistols to have a double action mechanism and was initially marketed as a pistol to the German "Polizei Kriminal", a.k.a. undercover detectives. While the PPK itself isnt too powerful, its size advantage has made it the ultimate pocket pistol. The PPK has trim dimensions and is very flat, making it an ideal pistol for deep concealment or when something larger cannot be carried due to clothing restrictions. The PPK/S (special) is actually a larger version of the PPK and sports two piece grips rather than the PPK's wrap-around grip. The PPK/S also has a longer magazine.

Marushin of Japan has faithfully reproduced the sleek style of the Walther, and has fitted its latest airsoft technology into the compact frame. The mechanical design of the Marushin PPK/S is nothing new and resembles that of most other blow-backs (similar to MGC design). The blowback version is a much improved version of the Marushin-produced non-blowback model, which did not sport Walther trademarks and had a plastic magazine with a 10 round capacity.

The blowback PPK/S comes in two weights; 380g for the standard version and 425 for the heavy weight version, both owing most of their weight to the 22 round metal magazine. The PPK/S has a non-adjustable Hop-Up system which is an improved version over the non-blowback model. As a spy firearm, you may frequently be required to eliminate your targets in silence. The PPK/S has threads already cut into the end of the barrel to accommodate an optional silencer (metal). With the silencer attached, each shot is a barely audibile "phup".

The PPK's sights are the standard Patridge type (front post with a notch rear). The front sight has an orange dot and the rear sight is colored orange in the lower part of the notch. The trigger guard is smooth and rounded. Vertical grooves on the trigger serve to improve finger friction during the double action pull. The hammer spur is round to prevent catching on clothing. On the left rear of the slide is the PPK's hammer-dropping safety lever. When the lever is pushed down, the pistol is on 'safe' and the hammer is safely decocked. The lever is pushed up for the 'fire' position.

The blowback action of the Marushin PPK is relatively weak and there is not much jolt to each shot, thanks to the 134a gas. Despite this, the PPK is sleek and pleasing to shoot; with it in hand, you too can feel like a spy as you slip through the hallways and shuffle stylishly into the coffee room for a chat by the water cooler with the office help). Seriously, the PPK is a must have for any serious hand gun collector. In the last released Bond flick "Tomorrow Never Dies", James Bond is seen getting cozy with the new Walther P99, which we'll review as it is released later this year. Being a much bigger gun, we wonder how 007 will choose to carry it.

"Ooooh James, is that a P99 in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

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By Wildgoose
April 22, 1999
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As for the PP, PPK, and PPK/S, the PP came first and was a gun developed for police use in Germany. PP=Polizei Pistole - Police Pistol. The PPK came next and was shorter in both slide and grip. It's the concealment version. PPK=Polizei Pistole Kurz - Short Police Pistol. The PPK was too small to legally be allowed for import into the United States so Walther developed the PPK/S just to meet the minimum demensions for U.S. sales. Essentially the PPK/S has the short slide from the PPK and the long grip of the PP.

I think the PPK/S is the best looking of the three and it's the one I own.

Thanks again for your kind words.

James McMahon
Senior Editor
HMSS (Her Majesty's Secret Service)

Thanks to James for his insight on the PPK. If anyone were an expert, it would be James and his crew at HMSS, a great site devoted to James Bond fans!
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