Walther came oh so close to marketing one of the best .380 pistols on the market – the slide is easy to rack – great ( for a small pistol ) ergonomics grip wise – the rear sight cut out is wide compared to the front sight which makes it easy for old eyeballs to see – paddle magazine release / ambidextrous right out of the box – soft shooter – factory rail – factory laser available – night sights available – 8 round single stack magazine that’s really easy on the thumbs to load – all of that and they managed to miss it by just that much . . .
Size wise the PK380 is almost identical to the P232 . . .
The PK380 sure wouldn’t fare well in a beauty contest with the Sig . . .
Virtually the same foot print . . .
The PK380 is a nice little pistol if you don’t mind a polymer frame . . .
Really only two dings on the PK380 – one minor and one “What in the Hell kind of drugs are you people on??” – and won’t share them!
1st Ding – A take down tool is required – why not a solid head with a slot on the pin??
Counter clockwise about 1/2 a turn – back slightly on the slide – pull down on the tabs – push the slide off the front – not rocket surgery . . .
About like every other one out there – pull the guide rod up and out – remove the barrel and start cleaning . . .
Wait . . . What? Where did all that spring come from?
And there is the deal breaker – even with practice it is fidgety as Hell to put it back together. If you want to test drive it with me to see if maybe you would purchase one – referencing little old ladies – after we’re done it’s bath time – if a given firearm is your particular flavor and you are going to trot your happy ass out and buy one – if my fingers are in the pie you will have disassembled – cleaned it – and reassembled it twice – you do get your money’s worth out of the deal.
Three people total have managed to put it back together – one using no tools – two using tools – all three guys – have not had a gal put the recoil spring / guide rod back in the pistol yet – Damn Walther really screwed the pooch on this one . . .
Just about a complete wish list of features you could dream up for an older person to have in a pistol – and an incredibly easy to rack slide – arthritis tends to creep up on older people leading to diminished hand strength and the ability to manipulate small parts. BUT if Mrs. Abernathy can’t clean the damn thing – “Bruce – I can’t do this” – either it’s going to not be maintained on a regular basis – or not even shot on a regular basis . . . I got to the point where I wouldn’t even utilize it for training – if someone liked it and then couldn’t maintain it – it was a choice of not maintaining it or paying someone to clean it – not fair to someone who really liked it and then realizing there is no way to take care of it on their own . . .
I was talking to a friend about this series of posts and said I probably wasn’t even going to include the PK380 in it – so hard to reassemble as it is I didn’t really want to ding it without offering a solution – He said go to Galloway Precision and get a captured spring/guide rod assembly and be done with the issue – so I did and I am . . . Never even had a clue that someone had built this . . .
Now even my Blushing Bride can take the PK380 apart and reassemble it – and she DOES NOT clean guns – that is my job and I am happy doing that for her – that’s what she told me and I believe her – LMAO!
With the new recoil spring / guide rod assembly I have to say I really like the PK380 and recommend it if you are comfortable with what .380ACP brings to the table . . .
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!