I never cared much for the PPK series. The last one I fired was a nice early 80’s model. Beyond the slide bite (which gave me a party favor in the form of a small scar) I thought the felt recoil was not good for an all metal .380. It’s thicker than my P238 with no more magazine capacity, more likely to bite your hand, and has more felt recoil. Granted it’s just a .380 so recoil can’t be too bad, but when I put it down I was underwhelmed and disappointed. It was a good gun for the time, but then again so was the Corvair.
Walther's original factory was located in Zella-Mehlis in the " Land " (state) of Thuringia . As that part of Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union following World War II, Walther fled to West Germany , where they established a new factory in Ulm . For several years following the war, the Allied powers forbade any manufacture of weapons in Germany. As a result, in 1952, Walther licensed production of the PP series pistols to a French company, Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin , also known as Manurhin . The French company continued to manufacture the PP series until 1986.
In 1937 designs for the 9mm Luger were being developed to replace the expensive to produce Luger designs. Walther produced hammerless and external hammer designs which featured their SA/DA trigger, decocker lever, and a loaded chamber indicator on the models that eventually became the P38 when it was adopted by the German army. The P38 when developed, was considered one of the best natural pointing handguns in existence. Walther's open top recoil action permitted the handgun to continue to fire even if an obstruction in the barrel had caused a bulge in the barrel (typically caused by squib loads).