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Monday, March 06, 2006

Walther's PPK/S

by Tex Force

There are a few airguns that are going to be classics from the start, and today we're looking at one - the Walther PPK/S (last three pistols on the page). This is a BB gun - not a pellet gun, so it has a smoothbore barrel and the spring-loaded inline stick-type magazine that holds 15 steel BBs.

A REAL airgun!
The gun's initials stand for Polizei Pistol Kurtz/USA (small police pistol made to U.S. specs). Secret Agent James Bond carried a Walther PPK for many years. The /S was added when the Gun Control Act of 1968 forbid the importation of pistols smaller than a certain size. Walther used the standard PP frame with the PPK slide and produced the PPK/S just for America. A benefit of this conversion is that the PPK/S does not bite the web of the shooter's hand the way the PPK often does. And, Walther makes the PPK/S, so this BB gun isn't a copy of anything. It is a genuine PPK/S in BB caliber!

Powered by CO2
The pistol draws its power from a 12-gram CO2 Powerlet that fits neatly out of sight in the grip. The left grip panel pops off to reveal where the powerlet goes, and the gun gets almost 100 shots from a single powerlet! It's not a magnum, but at the close ranges it's designed for, it does very well. However, shooting the gun reveals a big surprise! It recoils!

Blowback action!
Each time the pistol fires, the slide blows back, imparting a bounce that feels just like the recoil of a small-caliber pocket pistol. You can read about it all day long, but the first time you actually shoot the gun - you'll understand. In fact, the gun is so much fun to shoot that you may take out the magazine just so you can shoot it to feel the recoil! I'm serious! I know a gun store that sells these by simply letting their customers shoot them without BBs. If an empty magazine it in the gun, the slide remains open after the shot, so you must remove the magazine to keep firing.

How to have some real fun with a PPK/S
Because the gun isn't too powerful, you can use a cardboard box stuffed with crushed newspapers as a safe backstop. If you also put some whole newspapers in the back of the box, it will last a lot longer. Tape a Shoot-N-C target to the box and shoot it from 15 feet awat. Watch as each BB rips through the target, turning the bullseye from black to bright green. Or try Daisy's Sound Blaster target (third item down on page). It makes a realistic sound when hit, which you'll be able to do very rapidly with this pistol! Another target that would be fun is Daisy's ShatterBlast target (fourth item down). They break into pieces when hit; with a fast-firing gun like the PPK/S, it will be fun to see how fast you can break them all.

Don't forget the Pellgunoil
people always ask me how long these guns hold up. Well, I own two and the oldest one is five years old. I've never had a moment's difficulty with either gun because I use Crosman Pellgunoil on the tip of each new powerlet that I load. The oil gets blown through the gun and oils every seal, keeping the gun sealed for a long time. I can't recommend this product too strongly. It's cheap maintenance that keeps a gun running for a long time.

Disassembly is different
The PPK/S pistol used to disassemble just like the firearm, by pulling straight down on the triggerguard, but Wal-Mart started returning too many guns that owners had taken apart and could not put back together. At Crosman's request, Walther put a pin in the front of the triggerguard so the gun doesn't disassemble easily any more. There is nothing to do to the disassembled gun anyway, so there's really no need to disassemble it.

Remember safety
Because it's a BB gun, you have to be extra safe when shooting a PPK/S. Steel BBs bounce back from hard targets, so everyone in the shooting area must wear safety glasses. Also make sure your target area is free from hard things like trees, boards and metal objects. An aluminum pop can is okay, but a steel can is not.

If you like a fast action pistol, the PPK/S is made for you. It's a blast to shoot, plus the realistic blowback action is addictive. Be sure to buy plenty of BBs and CO2 if you get one.

4 Comments:

  • I own two of the Crosman PPK/S'. One with and one without the mock silencer. http://www.pyramydair.com/images/PPKSwSilencer2.jpg. I've been using the Gamo lead BBs so that I can shoot them in the house without them ricochetting too much. The one w/o the silencer looks great, but it shoots extremely low. In fact several inches low at about ten feet or so and much lower at longer ranges. I haven't had any problems with the one w/o the silencer.

    Robot

    By Blogger ROBOT, at 9:59 PM, March 27, 2006  

  • Robot,

    Try using steel BBs in your PPK/S. It was made for them and the larger lead balls may be causing the gun to shoot low.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 4:58 AM, March 28, 2006  

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    By Blogger ROBOT, at 9:06 PM, April 09, 2006  

  • Switching back to steel BBs worked. Pity. I really liked the lead ones

    By Blogger ROBOT, at 9:07 PM, April 09, 2006  

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