LOOKIN' AT THE PPK/S 22LR
I opened this “FireStorm FS22LR” thread 10/30/10. It’s had minimal play. I believe my last posting was 11/18/10 – been a while. But let’s go ahead today and liven it up a little bit.
About three weeks ago, when I pulled the Aug 2013 issue (I have never fully understood magazine publication dating) of Guns and Ammo magazine out of the mailbox and routinely thumbed through the pages, what to my wondering eyes should appear (and it certainly wasn't a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer) but a picture of a Walther PPK/S 22LR (in livin’ color) in an article titled, “PP Spells Pistol” by Patrick Sweeney..
Well, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I immediately began to ponder how my PPK-clone FireStorm FS22LR would compare with it.
Here’s the specification comparison using Sweeney’s article for the PPK/S data:
There are some slight dimensional differences but I don’t think any of those differences would be significant.
Sweeney’s article, “PP Spells Pistol”, discussed three Walther pistols, so not a lot of space was allocated to the PPK/S. Therefore, just to be sure of what I am reporting, I did a little research on the PPK/S. You can look at what Walther has to say at: http://www.waltherarms.com/products/handguns/ppks-22/.
A couple of comments might be needed:
: All Sweeney ever says is “fixed”. I checked the Walther reference above and all they said was “Fixed steel sights, aftermarket sights are available.” – no white dots, no nothin’. The FireStorm has a pegged (I think that’s a correct description) white-dotted front sight. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and is white-dotted too.
: Sweeney shows the MSRP for the PPK/S at $389. Again, going back to the Walther reference, all they say is, “Suggested MSRP ranges from $399 to $429”. So for purposes of this report let’s use “under $400” for the PPK/S MSRP. I ran into a problem trying to pinpoint an MSRP for the FireStorm. I checked a couple of sources, which didn’t help much, finding quotes from $250 - $263. So I think it safe to say that there is a good $100+ price differential between the PPK/S and the FireStorm.
The performance data Sweeney reports is based on six different brands of ammo, shot in four five-shot groups at 25 yards using a MTM-K Zone shooting rest. That figures out to 120 rounds. You can believe that this parsimonious plinker will not be expending that number of rounds.
By now, everyone knows I do not have a machine rest, so I’ll just drape my forearms over the range bag, with the pistol dangling over the off-side, and have at it. I get lucky from time to time.
In the cited article Sweeney described the PPK/S as “…a really classy rimfire, delivering excellent accuracy.” So what kind of performance data did he report? Sweeney showed, for the 6 brands of .22LR, 25-yard groups ranging from 3.0 – 3.5 inches. We end up, therefore, with a mean average group at 25 yards for the PPK/S of 3.25 inches (a la machine rest). So then that 3.25 inches becomes the baseline within which we’d sure like to see the FireStorm perform.
Guys (and you gals, too), I know some of this stuff is repetitious but I’d appreciate your bearing with me. There’s an off chance that there might just be somebody out there who’s just tuned in and hasn’t got these blurbs of mine memorized as you do.
I’m going to allow myself an age-based handicap. Sweeney shot these groups at 25 yards. I’m going to shoot this at 50 feet and extrapolate out to 25 yards. As I keep trying to explain, that extra 25 feet is a long walk (and sorta dim to the eyes).
I guess it’s time now to go out to the range, set this up, and see what happens. Let’s see if my luck holds.
The FireStorm is safely on the money – 5 rounds, 50 feet, off the range bag. The green circle is 2-inches, outer diameter. It just provides a rough proof ring to see if we’ve more or less met the desired grouping - 2”@50’ = 3”@75’, 25 yds.
Specifically, the group is 1 25/32 inches (1.78”) center-to-center. That will extend out that extra 25 feet to 2.67 inches at 25 yards (sans machine rest) well within that PPK/S 3.25 inch baseline, and doing it at a good $100+ less in investment, albeit not having brand-name bragging rights.
Gotta give the FireStorm its due.
What’s all this add up to? Not a heck of a lot other than a good deal of fun and games for me - setting it up and shooting it.
And, as I’ve written time after time, I invite your input. Don’t worry - good, bad or indifferent, you will not hurt my feelings.
PS: You’ve noticed, I’m sure, the aggravating blue, underlined, links in the above narrative. I didn’t put them there (other than the link to Walther)! That bit of chicanery is somehow locked in here.
It needs to get removed!