Latest Acquisition — An Interarms Walther PPK in .380 ACP


Stainless Interarms Walther PPK in .380 ACP (9mm Kurz)

I had hoped to show you my new stainless Interarms Walther .32 ACP (7.65mm) PPK by now, but it’s currently being held by a sheriff department in another state pending a defensive shooting.  Until that investigation is completed and the deal closed between the seller and me, that particular blog will have to wait.  Shame, too, because there were only 5,000 samples of that particular weapon made in that exact caliber before Interarms shut down operations back in the late 1990s.  In other words, it’s a rare beauty.

However, as luck would have it, I found today a close cousin — another stainless Interarms Walther PPK, but this one chambered for the much more popular and vastly more prevalent .380 ACP round (9mm Kurz).  After disassembly, a thorough cleaning, lubrication, and reassembly, here’s what followed me home today:

Disassembled view — the two right-most magazines are actually for the .380 version of the PPK/S rather than the PPK

Stainless steel frame and slide — this particular material was only used in PPK and PPK/S pistols made in Smith & Wesson’s current version and the previous Interarms version manufactured by Ranger Manufacturing; No European Walthers were made in stainless steel.

Close-up of PPK frame and underneath view of the PPK slide; firing pin channel and safety block located on the left-hand side.

Original case with Owner’s Manual and Test Target

Following the conclusion of my series on our recent transatlantic cruise you may expect to see a series of reviews on several firearms — Beretta 84FS Cheetah, Beretta CX4 9mm Carbine with EOTech Holographic Sight, Colt M1991A1, FNH FNX-45, SIG P229 Enhanced Elite, SIG P220 Compact SAS Gen 2, and the SIG P220 Equinox.

But if you’re not into guns, don’t worry.  No more than one such review shall occur in any one week.  We’ll still have plenty of travels to enjoy as well as Fun Photo Friday.

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4 responses to “Latest Acquisition — An Interarms Walther PPK in .380 ACP

  1. Well, Doug you know that I am not a fan of fire arms. But, it is pretty. And, I do like the instruction manual! While I am thinking about it – I must check on the Interarms Factory down by the river. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was converted into condos.

    • In my view Walther’s PP-series are among the most elegant pistols ever created. They’re Art-Deco appearance and smoothly flowing lines are just classic, placing the design right alongside John Brown’s almost equally beautiful but more utilitarian-looking M1911.

      I believe Sam Cumming’s old waterfront warehouses at 204 and 206 S. Union St. in Alexandria are still there. The last true remnant of the old Interarms operation, however, moved out of that location and relocated to Hazel Green, Alabama, just a couple or so years ago. That would be Mike McClellan’s M&M Gunsmithing. Mr. McClellan bought out much of the Interarms parts inventory and has smithed old Interarms production and import firearms ever since the demise of Interarms.

      Those firearms that M&M repairs and for which they supply parts include the Interarms versions of the Walther PPK and PPK/S as well as the Interarms produced Dragoon revolver and the Rossis, Bernellis, Stars, etc., that Interarms used to import.

      Thanks for dropping by, Peg.

  2. I’m pretty sure I have seen a stainless steel Walther in the window of the one store in town that sells such things, but maybe that was a reimport. The black ones are far more common, however.

    • You may very well have, Cora. The stainless versions were only made by Ranger Manufacturing of Alabama for Interarms, and currently at Smith & Wesson’s Houlton, Maine, facility. Some of those have indeed been exported to Europe.

      While no stainless models were made in either Germany or France (Manurhin-made), there were some similar-looking nickel-plated ones and an alloy version called “Dural.” Those are pretty rare over here.