I don't know how these will pan out but they sure look good. Above is a picture of the new Walther PPK/S in .22 caliber. This pistol comes in a dark finish and a shiny ( stainless) finish. S&W will no longer be importing certain firearms from Walther. This will include the new PPK/S, P22 and other pistols. They have new operations in Ft Smith, Arkansas.
The pistol above is a combination of the old PPK/S design with some internal changes. The shape and size is PPK. The slide is cast zinc. There is a pinned in breech block. The frame/barrel fitment is per P22. The barrel is slightly shorter than the P22 version but with the removable barrel nut the pistol is ready for suppression. The slide serrations are sharp like you would see on a steel slide. The heft of the pistol is correct, the size is correct. The slide moves freely with no play in fitment to the frame. Internal fire control components are about....?????? 90% PPK. The safety and firing pin is different...more P22 style.
One thing I noticed was that the take down lever...the trigger guard....pulls down easily and smoothly with no catch that requires you to snap it loose. I'm not sure that if a shooter had on heavy winter gloves he might not accidentally disconnect the trigger guard while shooting. This would not allow the slide to hit the shooter in the face but would allow it to jump the rails and possibly fly down range. I'm not sure.....didn't take the slide off or get to inspect it that carefully. I sure felt nice.
MSRP is $399 on this pistol and if it weren't for the current feeding frenzy this pistol would likely sell for $360. I never buy a freshly minted new model of anything these days so I will wait to hear what owners and reviewers have to say.....unless.....Walther were to ship one to my FFL LGS for, er...me to test for them. M1911