Walther PPKS 22lr

Any one have experience with the PPK in 22. They’re pretty reasonably priced, and I’d love to have another .22 fun gun.

My only concern is I cannot find spare mags anywhere other than eBay. The gun only comes with one mag.
I have no problem loading a mag every time at the range, I just have a fear of mags becoming unavailable, and the gun becoming inoperable down the road due to lack of mag availability. That being said, the mags seem like quality mags from what I’ve seen.

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Never used PPK in 22, but being M&P22 user I would suggest to stay away from Walther’s 22 production.

M&P22 in full size was manufactured by Walther and it wasn’t a good quality product. M&P eventually dropped that project and started manufacturing compact version - M&P22C here in USA.
Even this one didn’t satisfied me as well, it never failed shooting.

Germans (not only Walther) are doing tons of 22LR pistols, but unfortunately there is 50/50 chance with their quality. There is no consistency, so you never know if you get lucky. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

If I remember, Taurus TX22 has been always the most reliable 22LR on the market.
Check Ruger SR22, I’ve heard positive reviews as well.

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I also have no direct experience. My PPK/S in .380 is great…after the factory fixed it from new. Also, the PPQ .22 isn’t very nice. I would rate it a 4/10 where the 92FS .22 is 10/10. Completely different levels of quality, feel, and function.

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What makes it hard is they did some manufacturing changes, so when I look at reviews online, I don’t know if it’s the more recent production or the production from a few years ago.

This would be a fun gun, but it would be very frustrating if it had ftfs every mag.

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If you want 100% reliable 22LR pistol, go with 1911-22 conversion kit on standard 1911 frame.
But…is it worth the money to have just fun toy?

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Not if it doesn’t function properly most of the time. This video was a big turn off

but there’s plenty of videos with the Glock malfunctioning too. I think 22s are just picky on some ammo.

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:man_shrugging:
What can I say…

Unfortunately he used Federal 22LR ammo which is not reliable, so the results couldn’t be reliable as well.

The fact is that whatever you choose within $200 - $400 range will never be what are you expecting.

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If you go with already confirmed to be reliable 1911-22 conversion you will never experience ftf problems. But this quality comes with higher price. The good news is that cheap ammo will compensate it quickly.

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I’ve got a PPK/S 22 (Ft. Smith version) that I’ve not had issues with since I got it about two or three years ago. Had one many years before that I sent back to Walther after the de-cocker broke and the replaced they entire slide. After that it worked fine but I was jonesing for a P22 so I traded.

Enjoyed the P22q for a couple years but missed the PPK/S cool factor so got this new one in stainless.

Have had no issues since but I only shoot CCI MiniMags. They definitely run better on quality ammo.

The magazines are indeed hard to find but I came across a few at a gun show awhile back at a very good price and now have five. (FWIW, I mostly use it to sharpen my point-shooting skills since the sights are virtually useless for these old eyes, so five mags/50 rounds of plenty per range session.)

PS: Just watched about half of the above video about half way through (until I got distracted) and remembered that my experience with both PPK/Ss, they DO need some break in time and they DO need oil. I recall lightly filing machine marks and a small burr from the frame rails, but will do that on other out-of-the-box pistols if needed.

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@Scoutbob I have a Kel-Tec P17 22lr, it comes with three 16 round mags, threaded barrel, fiber optic front site, pic front rail, ambidextrous mag release and safety. I have ran over 2000 rounds through it now with no problems, the wife loves it, wants me to get her one, or she said if I don’t mine is hers :joy:. The gun runs all kinds of ammo without a hiccup, but my favorite carry ammo is Winchester Silvertip Segmenting HP 37g ammo it’s great stuff. Take a look at a YouTube video on the ammo & gun it’s the best self defense ammo I’ve ever seen for a 22lr. Any way check it out it’s an all round good gun. :us: :us: :us:

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I’ve heard these are really good plus the price is awesome.

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Awesome! Thank you! I want a new plinker and the PPKS is a really cool little gun.

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@Scoutbob If you’re in the market for a 17-round compact 22LR pistol the P17 has a MSRP of $199 and there guaranteed for life. Take a look at the link below. Have a good one. :us: :us: :us:

P17 - KelTec!

Have you shot the PLR22 or CP33?

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Keep in mind, apparently not all PPK/Ss are created equal. Others have had horror stories about theirs, and like you’ve already mentioned, magazines are hard to find.

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I like that option a lot. The trouble is finding one in stock :sweat_smile:.

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I’m going to think on it for a bit. I think the PPKs 22lr would be a really fun gun if it works right, and I could get it for less than $400.

I’m also looking at a G44 and I guess now the Keltec P17😅 (Cant beat $200 for a gun that has a decent reputation).

Would really like to get an all metal gun, and I do not own a DA/SA so the PPK would be a fun new experience.

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@Scoutbob check with Exile Armory LLC. they have them at a good price quite often. There numbers are 256-613-8042, 256-294-2409, & 256-452-5979 there located in Weaver, AL. There also on YouTube. They just put a video out yesterday, they put a video out almost daily. Also give Kel-Tec a call they might be able to point you in the right direction for one.
Ps. Kel-Tec’s are made in the USA :us: :us: :us:

@Scoutbob Aggressive Concealment has Kydex IWB/OWB holsters for the Kel-Tec P17 link below.

Here’s a couple of YouTube videos on the
Kel-Tec P17 22lr, videos below.

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@Scoutbob
This just popped up today:

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Found a G44 for $359. That makes the gun slightly more palatable for me.

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