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These were only chambered in 7.65mm Browning (.32 ACP) and .22 LR because of the increase in felt recoil from the lighter weight of the gun.
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.
In the past, the PPK version has been manufactured by Walther in its own factory in Germany, as well as under licenses by Manurhin in Alsace, France, Interarms in Alexandria, Virginia, US and by Smith & Wesson in Houlton, Maine, US.
Since 2013, PPK and PPK/S models have been built in Fort Smith, Arkansas, at the factory of US-based subsidiary Walther Arms, Inc.
While it's often thought to be "kurz" (German: short) referring to the police pistol with shorter barrel and frame, the manufacturer's selection of the name "Kriminal" appears in early original advertising brochures from Walther and the 1937 GECO German catalog.
South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee was shot and killed by Kim Jae-gyu, using the Walther PPK.
Walther's original factory was located in Zella-Mehlis in the "Land" (state) of Thuringia.
As that part of Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union following World War II, Walther fled to West Germany, where they established a new factory in Ulm.
Walther addressed this situation by combining the PP's frame with the PPK's barrel and slide to create a pistol that weighed slightly more than the PPK.
A new, two-piece wrap-around grip panel construction was used to conceal the exposed back strap.
The smaller size made it more concealable than the original PP and hence better suited to plainclothes or undercover work. "PPK" is an abbreviation for Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell (police pistol - detective model).
The PP and the PPK were among the world's first successful double action semi-automatic pistols.
They are still manufactured by Walther and have been widely copied.
In the 1960s, Walther produced the PPK-L, which was a light-weight variant of the PPK.