Well, the Walther PK-380 is finally out. So, like any good .380 collector, I had to get my hands on one and try it out!The Basics:
The PK-380 (PK stands for Pistol Kompakt) is a DA/SA hammer fired polymer framed pistol chambered in .380 ACP with standard 8 round mag capacity. It has an ambidextrous mag release on the trigger guard and is "lockable" on the frame (even so, Walther includes a gun lock in the package as well) It comes with one mag and box. The "First Edition" series differs in that is so marked on the slide and comes with two mags and a Walther cordura holster for the pistol.The Good:
This pistol is affordable and depending on the model, seems to be selling for $360 to $450.
This pistol is more like the P-99 ergonomically than the P-22 -- the grip is slightly larger and more comfortable than the P-22. It fits well
in the hand.
The sights on the pistol are bright and quick to acquire.
Trigger is much better
than the P-22. It breaks nicely and inexperienced shooters will find it very agreeable.
Recoil is almost non-existent on this gun. An over-statement I realize, but it reminded me of a 1903 Colt .32 -- and I can't think of another .380 ACP that handles this well. I know that many recoil sensitive and beginner shooters will appreciate this pistol.
The trigger and recoil contribute to make this a very accurate and fast shooting firearm. I can see this pistol finding a home in many a stable especially when the supply for .380 ACP catches up with demand and ammo availability increases while the price decreases.The Bad:
As far as build quality goes, it is more like the P-22 than the P-99 -- but that is how they keep the price down. It is certainly better made than the P-22, but you can tell they skimped where they could.
There is no external slide release. (One of the places they skimped on.) Not a critical piece, but certainly expected these days. One thing this does do is make the pistol fully ambidextrous with the slide mounted safety on both sides.
Like the P-22, there is no external frame mounted de-cocker, but can safely de-cocked by releasing the hammer while the safety is engaged.
There is a lot of open space for the front sight post to roam between the rear sight posts.The Ugly:
Take down requires the use of a special tool included with pistol package. This just bothers me and is inexcusable for a modern designed pistol. This feature, along with the overall build quality, make this a carry pistol only -- it doesn't cut the mustard for duty, but than again it was not designed for that purpose.Overall:Great shooter
. Very enjoyable to shoot at the range. At just under 20 .oz , it is lighter and far easier to manage than it's PP Series predecessor. Certainly carry-able and I would feel confident doing so.