Gripping a PPK

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Gripping a Walther ppk correctly
  Sponsored Links   WaltherForums   > Walther Firearms   > PP and TP Series   > FAQ: PP/TP   PPK too small for hand: How to combat slide bite User NameRemember Me?Password ForumRegisterActive Topics Page 1 of 5 1 23>Last »   LinkBackThread ToolsDisplay Modes  11-21-2010, 08:38 PM # 1 RMC51 Junior Member Join Date: Dec 2009Posts: 13 PPK too small for hand: How to combat slide bite I shot my PPK 380ss for the first time, it racked me across the hand. I'm about to take a12lber to it. any ideas on how to keep the slide from the top of my hand? RMC  11-21-2010, 09:51 PM # 2 mentalsigness Junior Member Join Date: Nov 2010Posts: 2 It's called slide bite. You're probably gripping the gun too high. Try lowering your grip slightly.  11-22-2010,12:02 AM # 3 Pilotsteve Senior Member Join Date: Jun2010Location: ThePeoplesRepublik of Massachus-Istan.Posts: 4,528 RMC, you've just experienced a love bite from your PPK. It's a common thing with this fantastic, wonderful handgun which certainly does notwarrant a 12 pounder being anywhere near it. It bit you because you were not holding it right.Try this. No, better yet, do this  and both your hand and   your PPK will thank you. Go ahead, go and get it. Yes, right now before you read this anyfurther. Go get it and hold it in your shooting hand. I'll wait...Got it there? OK, good. Hold it as if you're ready to fire. Now, stop right there and observe the position of your thumb. See that? That's not right -and you're going to get bit that way.Now, slide your thumb down ever so slightly until it overlaps your middle finger slightly.  Move your thumb down so the pad of your thumb lightlyrests on the top edge of your middle finger. It might feel a little strange at first but that's the way one must hold their PPK or you're going to get it.Here's some pictures to demonstrate:In this photo, you can see the natural way most people who haven't had much experience with PPKs hold their guns. It's a natural human grasp andfeels normal. But the PPK was designed to be small and the fact that the barrel also acts as the guide rod (a genius of design) dictates a low slide.The design keeps things small, simple, and more in line with the radius bone of the forearm, which promotes accuracy. However, it also allows for slide bite. The red arrow I put in the picture shows where the slide will get me if I hold my PPK this way. 8 Likes PPK too small for hand: How to combat slide bite - WaltherForums of 52014/10/22 11:35 AM  Here's a view of the same grip. You can clearly see where I'd get a nice double bite if I held her this way. That slide comes back viciously andmercilessly when it cycles a round, and human flesh will suffer if it's in the way:Now, if you hold your PPK the way I described above, with your thumb slightly overlapping your middle finger on the grip,  it can't get you. Tryholding your PPK like this: PPK too small for hand: How to combat slide bite - WaltherForums of 52014/10/22 11:35 AM  Same grip method, from the back. As you can see, there's no way it can get you.Your soft tender flesh is now out of the way of the unyielding steel and your PPK will now give you a lifetime of joy. I hope this helps.-Pilotsteve Last edited by Pilotsteve; 11-24-2012 at 11:29 PM.   11-22-2010, 01:43 AM # 4 Milspec Super Moderator Join Date: Nov 2007Location: Central OhioPosts: 4,879 I wear a shooting glove for range work. For self-defense I just take a solid grip...the BG can worry about PPK bite... Milspec  11-22-2010, 07:59 AM # 5 MikeH and runnr548 like this. PPK too small for hand: How to combat slide bite - WaltherForums of 52014/10/22 11:35 AM  prm Senior Member Join Date: Apr 2010Posts: 130 mentalsigness pretty well pegged it. I have never had the bite, but I don't grip high enough to receive it either. I have intentionallygripped the gun high enough that it would have, if fired, and it doesn't feel right to me. I can see where people with large fleshyhands might have a problem if not careful.I have read where larger grips help some ~ again I can't say that from experience. You should be able to look at your grip beforefiring and tell.The S&Ws seem to be a mixed bag from what owners have posted concerning reliability, but, S&W will work out any issues and a lotof owners are happy with them. I would not be opposed to owning one of the S&Ws and the extended beaver tail is supposed tocorrect this.Good luck with your gun. I would say give it some time and check your grip before firing until it becomes natural to you.  11-22-2010, 10:08 AM # 6 KsThumper Senior Member Join Date: Jan 2009Location: Wichita, KSPosts: 244 'Pilotsteve'Nice photo's and excellent explanation ! ! !__________________1936 .22 cal. Z-M PP1965 7.65 mm ex-Polizei PP1978 .22 cal. IA import Ulm PPK/S1998 9mm Kurz IA/Ranger PPK/S2010 PK380  11-22-2010, 11:02 AM # 7 UniversalExports Supporting Member Join Date: Sep 2009Location: El Paso, TexasPosts: 5,495 And the larger tang used on the S&W version does a great job of putting your hand out of harm's way. Can't help it, guys. Still lovemy S&W PPK/S in stainless.__________________Universal ExportsThe Globe is a ship that has everything—Including a serial killer with a large knifeand a penchant for the rich and beautiful.Visit me at my Blog and on Facebook   11-22-2010, 05:21 PM # 8 searcher451 Super Moderator Join Date: Jun 2007Location: West CoastPosts: 20,862 Doug is correct: The S&W model pretty much eliminates Walther bite. Sadly, for at least some, it also eliminated reliability ...__________________ Searcher 451 Μολν   λαβέ   11-22-2010, 05:34 PM # 9 RickJZ Senior Member Join Date: May 2006Location: OhioPosts: 1,617 Pilotsteve,Great job with the pics! Also, excellent job on the explanation.  11-22-2010, 05:44 PM # 10 Gene83 Supporting Member Join Date: Mar 2010Posts: 446Quote: Originally Posted by UniversalExports    And the larger tang used on the S&W version does a great job of putting your hand out of harm's way. Can't help it, guys.Still love my S&W PPK/S in stainless. I'm crazy about mine also. The more rounds I put through it, the better it gets. Sadly, that's apparently not the case with all of theguns that came out of Houlton though.  Page 1 of 5 1 23>Last » Lower Navigation TetSurvivor and DC.375 like this. TetSurvivor likes this. PPK too small for hand: How to combat slide bite - WaltherForums of 52014/10/22 11:35 AM
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