The Walther PPK/S 22LR is a very close replication of its 380 Auto predecessor. Walther closely maintains the size and weight of the original PPK while introducing a few changes on the original design. For all but the most devout PPK enthusiast, the PPK/S 22LR would appear to be an exactly copy of the 380 Auto PPK.
of the ejection port disqualified the pistol from an excellent rating. The frame and slide material is listed by Walther as Zinc Diecast. This is a departure from the 380 PPK which has a steel frame and slide. The black plastic grips fit well and provide a good gripping surface without being overly aggressive on your hands.
Walther uses a drift adjustable rear sight and a pinned plastic front sight atop the glare reducing wave cut top rail. The front and rear sights are entirely black, but do provide a clear sight picture. Taller and shorter front sights are included with the PPK/S so the shooter can fine tune the point of impact by swapping out the front sight for the taller or shorter sight. The sights worked very well for me, but I will probably slide the rear sight a smidgen to the right to compensate for my tendency to shoot left with this specific PPK/S. The medium height front sight seems to be working well for me so no change is necessary.
The slide mounted safety lever is easily manipulated with the thumb of a right-handed shooter. The safety also acts as a decocking lever. Activating the safety lowers the hammer if it's cocked. Cocked and locked carry is not an option with this pistol. The magazine release is located high on the frame, but was easy operated after training myself to reach up higher than normal to activate it. The PPK/S design uses an internal slide lock that is activated by the magazine follower. Removing the magazine allows the operator to close the slide. Closing the slide with the safety activated also returns the hammer to the lowered position.
On the range, the PPK/S 22LR was a joy to shoot. I experienced zero malfunctions with feeding, firing, and extraction across several hundred rounds of slow and fast fire. I tried limited quantities of many different bullet weights and velocities, but ended up using Remington 36 grain HP Golden Bullet bulk pack ammunition for most of my range time because this PPK/S ran so well with that specific load. Recoil and muzzle rise were very tame which facilitated fast and accurate shooting with just a minimum time investment in practicing with the handgun.
The video below summarizes my range experiences.
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I found the PPK/S to be a really fun gun to shoot. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it on the range. Sure I would like it better if the double action trigger pull wasn't 17.5 pounds and the frame and slide were aluminum or steel, but I'm willing to roll the dice with Walther and their Legendary Limited Lifetime Warranty. If it breaks, Walther has my back.
One more thing to consider before I wrap up the review. Tipping the scales at 24.4 ounces fully loaded, the PPK/S 22LR makes a handy travel companion. While significantly larger, I would consider the PPK/S as an alternative to the Beretta Bobcat or similar sized semi-autos chambered for 22LR.