The proliferation of “shall-issue” legislation for CCW permits, advancements in technology and constant reminders that we live in a dangerous world have all contributed to the increased number of licensed carry holders.
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The proliferation of “shall-issue” legislation for CCW permits, advancements in technology and constant reminders that we live in a dangerous world have all contributed to the increased number of licensed carry holders. Nevertheless, there are still few CCW pistols that have risen to the level of “classic” among firearm pundits. So the question is, What does it take to be recognized by handgun connoisseurs as one of the most desirable CCW pistols? To answer this, three celebrated models are given a closer look.
This is the most famous premium subcompact pistol. With origins dating back to the late 1920’s, the PPK is a blowback-operated semi-automatic design. Among the world’s first successful double-action semi-automatic pistols, it went on to become one of the most widely recognized and copied designs. While originally intended as a compact version of Walther’s PP (Police Pistol) for use by detectives, that was just the beginning of its popularity. The Walther PPK continues to appear everywhere, from motion pictures to historical events. It was the celebrated sidearm of the fictional James Bond and the real-world pistol Hitler used to commit suicide as Soviet Forces closed in on his bunker. Available in a variety of small calibers, the .380 chambering was its decreed format of choice among defensive pistoleros in the United States. Through the mid-1990s, the Walther PPK remained the one “cloak and dagger” pistol against which all others were measured. It is still highly prized today by CCW practitioners and handgun collectors.