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Walther PPK vs. Bersa Thunder

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Coltonator, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    I think I would still go with the PPK.

    Not to impress chicks, because when I was going to bars the last thing I wanted anyone to know is that I was carrying, even though I had a badge to go with my Model 36 Chiefs Special. Besides I never knew any women who knew the difference between a PPK and a pepperoni pizza, and showing the gun would more likely have elicited screams of fear than sighs of admiration for German craftsmanship.

    Jim
  2. pinecone70

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    Do not get an American made PPK .380. They are junktastic...
  3. cluznar

    cluznar Former Guest

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    Carry a Bersa Thunder .380 with Corbon Pwrball ammo IWB and trust it completely.

    Do you want a good gun or a well-known name?
  4. Hammerslagger

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    The Argentina made Bersa (which has been sold in the USA under several model names) is a close copy of a Walther PP. bersa has bewen around since the 1950's. There are some design differences, but the Bersa is one of many well made basic PP copies that have been imported into the USA.

    Another close copy s the Hungurian military/police surplus PP in 9X18 mm Makarov. It is often referred to as the FEG PA-63. It is a two tone (aluminum receiver, blue steel slide) pistol. Many of these guns were imported by Kassner Bros. in PA in new (unissued) or almost new condition. They typically have sold for under $200.00 and are slightly more powerful than the .380 ACP.

    As to post WW II Walthers the following is copied from "Manurhin" at WIKI: "Walther PP - Walther's original factory was located in Zella-Mehlis in the state (Land) of Thuringia, in present-day eastern Germany which was occupied by the Soviet Union following World War II, Walther established a new factory in Ulm. However, 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 Manurhin who manufactured the PP series until 1986. In fact, all postwar European-made PP series pistols manufactured until 1986 were manufactured by Manurhin, even though the pistol slide may bear the markings of the Walther factory in Ulm.[2]" {What you do not know can sometimes hurt your prejudiced feelings when discovered.}

    USA made Walther pistols bearing the "Interarms" marking were made by a company called "Ranger" in Georgia, USA. They are noted for being of inconsistent and often lower quality than the French made Walthers.
  5. savage170

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    I've had both the Bersa still lives here the PPK had to find a new home
  6. chucksolo69

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    I have a Bersa Thunder .380 and it has been flawless from day one. I have a friend who has a Manurhin Walther PPK and he had to have it modified to shoot anything other than ball ammo. It also has one of the heaviest, grittiest, DA trigger pull there is. My Bersa's trigger pull is 10 times better. For the price I paid, $259.00 + DROS and tax, it can't be beat. I buy the ammo for it from my local range. They always have plenty of .380 ammo in stock (reloads) and my Bersa fires them with gusto. BTW, I also had an Astra Constable .380 and a Beretta Model 70s in .380. The Astra was excellent and way better than the PPK. The Beretta was single action and the slide loved to slice the second knuckle of your thumb. I traded the Astra away stupidly, I got rid of the Beretta for safety's sake!!
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  7. Munch

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    I've owned three bersa pistols over the years. One .22 and two. 380. I have found them to be incredibly reliable and very accurate. I personally love them and look forward to owning another. Sadly I have no experience with the walther. But with the flawless performance I had with all three bersa pistols, it would tough for me to justify the extra cash for the walther.
  8. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

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    I've never shot a Bersa, but my PPk is as reliable as they come and fits in the palm of my hand and my pants pocket as well. If the Bersa does all that at a better price I would give it a try.
  9. Orin

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    The Bersa's not available on that site & runs $320 +-. But I also appreciate your views cuz I'mm looking for a pockit gun. My .44 revolver's a good bag gun (man-purse to you testosterone junkies) but it takes time to unzip & shoot. (Hmmm... My wife may have said that a few times!)
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