By Will Dabbs, MD, American Handgunner
Every male from my generation grew up with James Bond. The most public of secret agents, 007 always smoked the bad guys, saved the world and got the girl — all in less than 2 hours in the theatrical runtime. He traveled the globe, unraveled the mystery, located the secret lair and smacked the holy bejeepers out of Doctor Evil or whatever other super-villain held his attention at the time. At the end of the movie, he always found himself kicking back in some unexpected locale, pouring a cold one and preparing to do a little industrial-grade suck face with the reigning Miss Uzbekistan.
Did you ever wonder what happened next? I don’t mean after the credits started rolling and the sexy music started, you pervert. I mean after he sent the girl back home to her place, had a good night’s sleep and M gave him a week’s vacation to power down. I think he did what any real man would do.
I think he packed himself some unhealthy food, took the hot girl in tow, and headed to the local range for some recreational shooting. Well, I know it’s what I would do! The big question is — what would the coolest secret agent in the world shoot for fun? The answer to this question is simple — the new Walther PPK/S .22.
Bond likely received his ammo free from MI-6, but I’m sure he wanted to be frugal with Her Majesty’s funds. As such, he could get proper trigger time for mere pennies a round — a big plus. The realization the trigger and layout of the PPK/S .22 identically mirrors its larger-caliber brethren makes it the perfect choice.
Walther produced the original Polizei Pistole (PP) in .22 LR right from the beginning in 1929. Other calibers included: 9mm Kurz (.380 Auto), 6.35mm (.25 Auto) and 7.65mm (.32 ACP). The subsequent PPK sported a near-identical frame but slightly shorter barrel. With a few exceptions, this über-cool little heater in a centerfire-caliber armed Commander Bond, while he was slogging away at his day job.
Throughout the years, .22-caliber versions of this basic design were in great demand as suppressor hosts and plinking platforms. Now Walther is marketing a .22 LR version of the classic PPK — it’s as cute as a button and a blast to shoot.
The magazine release is located in a familiar spot on the pistol, and is easy to manipulate.
However, if you have larger hands you might have some difficulty working it.
A barrel rigidly fixed to the frame makes the PPK/S .22 a prime suppressor contender.
How Does It Run?
In a word, the PPK/S .22 runs swimmingly — with the right ammo. I found the gun to be fairly ammo sensitive, but it ran just fun with loads it liked. Using five different brands of .22 LR ammo, I found the gun had a particular affinity for the Federal bulk pack.
This svelte handgun uses a 10-round magazine, able to drop away freely after manipulating the thumb-activated magazine release. The slide locks to the rear after the last round is fired. To reload, simply drop the empty magazine and replace it with a fresh one. Pull the slide back slightly and release it. You’re now ready to go for another 10 rounds of fun.
For such a diminutive firearm, the PPK/S .22 fits my moderately large hands quite well. Recoil is negligible, but the trigger pull is … interesting. The double-action trigger press is arguably the heaviest I have ever fired. Trust me, this will not go off accidentally in your pocket.
However, single action is a pleasantly crisp 6.5 pounds — just about perfect for a pistol of this sort. The slide-mounted safety lever drops the hammer safely and locks the firing pin. Sights are small, adjustable and snag-free.
The gun is available in either blued or nickel finishes, and the top of the frame is imprinted with a series of grooves designed to minimize glare. As with all Walther, products the fit and finish are flawless.
Next, it takes a suppressor, good plinker and some pics