Walther PPK/S .380 ACP Review

Walther PPK/S .380 ACP Review

If you don’t recognize the Walther PPK or PPK/S, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Competitive shooter James Tarr joins retired police chief and current Firearm Instructor Jeff Chudwin to review Walther’s new variant of the PPK. Released in 1930, the PPK is still remarkably relevant as a defensive and concealed-carry handgun for modern times.

The new PPK/S is made of all-steel construction, and quite accurate with credit to its fixed-barrel design. The PPK/S is smooth and sleek, making it ideal to for quickly employing from concealment. While some parts are manufactured in Germany, final manufacturing is now completed in the U.S.

This pistol’s effectiveness is also enhanced compared to the original thanks to advancements in modern ammunition. To realize its improved defensive performance, Guns & Ammo recommends Black Hills’ 60-grain HoneyBadger load for the .380 ACP. The result is a timeless classic that rivals the modern capabilities of any single-stack auto. Whether for self-defense or its sheer cool factor at the range, the Walther PPK/s will provide confidence when carried and accuracy on demand.


  1. Christian Goodboy on November 9, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    I’m almost looking for someone to talk me out of a purchase. .380 is good self defense caliber. It’s size is more than accommodating.
    I’m broke and by no means a collector, but what’s the point in dropping a grand on something that isn’t sexy as well.

  2. TD Barton on November 9, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    G&A–Sure you don’t want to reshoot this video? Look at 0.20-0.21. MAJOR safety violation.

  3. Peter Church on November 9, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    I wanted a ppks for years , I missed out on a few I saw in gun shops mostly imports. Until I had a fresh permit in hand and a brand new fort Smith Arkansas walther in stainless was available. I bought it for a little under 1 grand with tax it’s got a nice case as well, maybe a bit expensive but this is a inflationary era . But after owning it a couple months or so now. I’d have to say it my favorite pistol I’ve owned so far in life . And I’ve owned 30+ hand guns and 80+ rifles. It’s very solid construction good tolerances and quality steel. When you grip it , it definitely feels rugged yet exquisite . In my 41 years of being around firearms I’d have to say it’s a holy grail of pistols. Don’t let the caliber size dissuade you 380 auto is plenty good stopping power with proper placement . All that extra energy just goes right out the other side anyway ; larger caliber rounds have a place for different applications but as far as a reliable well made carry weapon goes .The feel fit and finish and durability of the walther ppks just far exceeded my hopes. The construction and tolerances are generous.. as far as a critique I’d say couple Mike’s more stock on the barrel just a smidge more barrel wall thickness and round down smaller the loaded chamber indicator it protrudes too much maybe a red line bevel. All in all its quality is definitely reflective of German American partnership , when you can’t count on a friend you need to be able to rely on your weapon.

  4. Garrison Nichols on November 9, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Looks good in stainless. The original James Bond gun was a Beretta 418 in 25ACP but a fan of the Ian Fleming novels told the writer that a Walther PPK in 32 ACP would be a better handgun for the character.
    The rest is history.

  5. Pianist Philadelphia on November 9, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    The ppk/s is a 7rd capacity.

  6. Joey Landry on November 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    I bought one made for Interarms-Virginia brand new in late 80’s and carried it in a ankle holster as a backup to my S&W .38 special revolver. You’re right, there weren’t many choices back then. I still have my PPK/s and love the little beast.

  7. Jonathan Cabassa on November 9, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    I can’t wait to have one for myself. I need a ccw pistol eventually being that I only have a 19x. This would be a nice gun to switch things up with at the range.

  8. Eric Foreskin on November 9, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Brother Mouzone brought me here

  9. Retro Sim on November 9, 2021 at 6:37 pm


  10. Johnny BB Goode on November 9, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Walther website has them suggested sell at $850 today in either the blued or stainless versions.
    Looks like they are still going up in value today.

  11. Benaiah Tyndale Wyatt on November 9, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    It bugs me how they make such a pretty high quality gun and put plastic on the magazine, like come on dude, couldn’t of they made the finger extension stainless? Or even the grips wood? This gun is just to pretty to have plastic on it

  12. leighrate on November 9, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    "Not bad" is when you put it in the X ring.

  13. PowerPunchingSecrets.com on November 9, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Waiting until the .32 ACP Model is available

  14. Tracey Cook on November 9, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I paid 400 for my Walter ppks 380acp