Whether you’re a diehard James Bond fan or a simple gun enthusiast who has a healthy respect for the industry’s finest weapons, Walther’s recognizable name will always solicit a feeling of nostalgia. Now, after falling off the radar for a handful of years due to manufacturing defects, the brand’s iconic PPK and PPK/s are back — and they’re better than ever.
Both the Walther PPK and PPK/s are a testament to the pursuit of true concealed carry. Following an almost 30-year reign as the king of undercover (and in Bond’s case, espionage-focused) work, the compact .380 ACP variant was put into jeopardy by the Gun Control Act of 1968. That event that would spur Walther to adapt and overcome by combining the frame of the original PP pistol with the barrel and slide of its PPK in an effort to circumvent the restrictions placed on small handguns by the United States government. These days, however, a number of refinements have been made to the original PPK/s platform, including the addition of an extended grip for added ammo capacity and improved ergonomics throughout. If you’re looking to pick up a model of your own, head to the firearm manufacturer’s website for more info.