Video: Walther PPK/S Pistol

The Walther PPK/S is a pistol we owe entirely to the Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibited the importation of guns that didn’t meet a certain “point” requirement. The minimum number of points required to pass the test was 75, and was determined by assigning various attributes of the gun, such as height, a certain number of points. After all the measurements were counted, the Walther PPK fell just short of legal at 74 points.

However, the existing Walther PP frame, which dates back to 1929, successfully met the height requirement, so the idea to match that pistol’s frame with the short slide of the PPK was born. That handgun became the PPK/S, which is still in high demand today.

Watch the above “I Have This Old Gun” segment from a recent episode of American Rifleman TV to learn the complete history of the Walther PPK/S.'

To learn more about Walther pistols, please enjoy the following articles:

Walther. Carl Walther.

Walther PP Pistol

Walther PPK/S .22LR Review

Walther PPX Review

Latest

Fn America High Power Pistol F
Fn America High Power Pistol F

New For 2022: FN High Power

FN America brought back its High Power in an all-new, redesigned package that takes the iconic Browning design into the 21st century.

First Look: Nosler Suppressors

In 2022, Nosler expanded into suppressors with four all-new models designed for durability, lightness and great sound mitigation.

First Look: Magpul Hunter American Stock

Magpul now offers an easy upgrade for owners of Ruger American Predator and Ranch rifles with its Hunter American Stock.

First Look: Federal Premium HST In .357 Mag. & .327 Fed. Mag.

Federal Premium expanded its popular HST line of defensive ammunition to include the .357 Mag. and .327 Mag. cartridges.

New For 2022: Henry Long Ranger Express

Henry built on its Long Ranger lever-action platform with its all-new Express model in 2022, providing a utilitarian take on the precision lever gun.

On The Range: Taurus G3X

Taurus USA blended features from its full-size and compact pistols to create the all-new G3X, a hybrid design that aims to do it all.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.