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When the 9×19mm Parabellum was chosen as the standard service round by most of the German police forces, the experimental 9mm Ultra round fell into disuse.Only about 2,000 PP Super pistols were sold to German police forces in the 1970s, and lack of sales caused Walther to withdraw the PP Super from their catalogue in 1979.Since 2002, the PPK variant was solely manufactured by Smith & Wesson in Houlton, Maine, United States, under license from Walther.In the past, this particular model has been manufactured by Walther in its own factory in Germany, as well as under licenses by Manurhin in Alsace, France, and by Interarms in Alexandria, Virginia.Official factory photographs do not refer to the pistol's Hungarian origins.Instead, the traditional Walther legend ("Carl Walther Waffenfabrik Ulm/Do.") is stamped on the left side of the slide.

The series includes the Walther PP, PPK, PPK/S, and PPK/E models.

Because United States law allowed domestic production (as opposed to importation) of the PPK, manufacture began under license in the U. in 1983; this version was distributed by Interarms.

The version currently manufactured by Walther Arms in Fort Smith, Arkansas has been modified (by Smith & Wesson) by incorporating a longer grip tang (S&W calls it "extended beaver tail"), better protecting the shooter from slide bite, i.e., the rearward-traveling slide's pinching the web between the index finger and thumb of the firing hand, which could be a problem with the original design for people with larger hands or an improper grip, especially when using "hotter" cartridge loads. The PPK/S and the PPK are offered in the following calibers: .32 ACP (with capacities of 8 for PPK/S and 7 for PPK); or .380 ACP (PPK/S: 7; PPK: 6).

All other features of the postwar production PPK (brown plastic grips with Walther banner, high polished blue finish, lanyard loop, loaded chamber indicator, 7 1 magazine capacity and overall length) were the same on the PPK-L.

First marketed in 1972, this was an all-steel variant of the PP chambered for the 9×18mm Ultra cartridge.

Since 1971, the Walther TPH pocket pistol is a miniaturised PPK identical in handling and operation.

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