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Walther PPK, PPKs

The Walther PPK is a well known variant of Walther PP series that was introduced in 1930. The PPK designation stands for “Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell” which roughly translates to “Police Pistol Detective Model). The PPK was a smaller version of the Walther PP with a shorter grip, shorter frame and barrel, but that came with a reduced magazine capacity compared to the larger PP model. The smaller dimensions made the PPK better suited for plainclothes or undercover work.

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Scroll down to see all the gun holster models we offer for the Walther PPk and PPKS.

The basic PPK has been produced in 3 different calibers:

  • .22 (with a 9 round capacity)
  • .32 ACP (with a 7 round capacity)
  • .380 (with a 6 round capacity)

Currently, the PPK/S is only offered in .380 and .22.

The PPK also has a place in history as Adolf Hitler supposedly took his own life with a Walther PPK chambered in 32 ACP. But, in modern times, the PPK is best known as being the preferred sidearm of the fictional British super agent 007, James Bond. Originally, Ian Fleming, the author/creator of the James Bond character and books, had Bond being issued a .25 caliber Beretta in his early novels, but he switched Bond over to the Walther PPK in 1962. The PPK is the most well known and most popular model within the Walther PP variants.

The Walther PPK/S model is another Walther PP variant that is directly tied to the Walther PPK. The PPK/S model was introduced in 1968, and was a direct result of the United States Gun Control Act of 1968 (also commonly known as GCA68). The GCA68 laid out a point system that any pistol or revolver had to meet in order to be eligible for importation into the United States, which was the largest firearms market in the world. The basic PPK missed the minimum import point standard by a single point, and that single point was tied to the lower weight of the PPK. In order to address the issue, Walther mated the frame of the slightly heavier Walther PP to the barrel and slide of the smaller PPK. The resulting Walther PPK/S model weighted a few ounces more than the PPK, and met a higher point total to meet the GCA68 import standard.

Here’s where the PPK/S differs from the basic PPK:

(1)    The PPK/S model weights 1.8 ounces more than the PPK

(2)    The PP based grip on the PPK/S is slightly longer so the PPK/S holds one additional round in each caliber as compared to the PPK.

Like the PPK, the PPK/S has been produced in the same 3 calibers: .22 LR, .32 ACP, and .380. Like the PPK, the PPK/S is currently only offered in .380 and .22 LR. The .380 version has proven to be the top seller over time.

Here are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding holsters for the Walther PPK and PPK/S:

#1 – I’ve heard that a Walther PPK will fit in a holster made for the Bersa Thunder .380 as they are the same size? Is this correct?

While the Bersa Thunder .380 is certainly loosely based on the Walther PPK design, they are not the same pistol, and don’t have the same dimensions. They are similar in size, but have very different dimensions. As such, the Walter PPK won’t fit in a holster made for the Thunder .380.

#2 – I was under the impression that the Walther PPK and the PPK/S were two different models, but you list them on the same line in your dropdown menu? Why is that?

Although the Walther PPK and the PPK/S are technically two different models, they are basically the same size. The PPK/S has a slightly longer grip and weighs more, but is the same width, barrel, and slide length as the PPK. Because of that, the PPK and the PPK/S fit into the same holster fit. Most holster makers list the PPK and the PPK/S on the same line as they fit the same holster.

#3 – I have a Walther PP and was wondering if it would fit into a holster made for the PPK?

Unfortunately, the PP is built on a larger frame so it won’t fit into a holster made for the smaller PPK or PPPK/s. If you are looking for a holster for the Walther PP, try here: Walther PP holsters.

#4 – I have an odd Walther PPK variant called a PPK-L. Do you offer any holsters to fit it?

The PPK-L is a lightweight variant of the PPK that was only produced from 1955 to 1966 (as near as we can tell). Instead of the steel found on the PPK, the PPK-L was manufactured from aluminum Alloy making it much lighter than the standard PPK. Although we don’t offer a holster made specifically for the PPK-L version, it has the same dimensions as a regular PPK and fits in a holster made for the PPK just fine.

Any holster listed below is available in a version to fit the Walther PPK and/or PPK/S.