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The PPK is a compact version of the Walther PP. The history of the post-war PPK is similar to that of the PP. Licensed to Manurhin during the post-war ban, it was made in France until 1964. Dimensional restrictions introduced by the US Gun Control Act of 1968 required imported pistols to have a minimum height of 4 inches, halting the importation of the 3.9 inch PPK. Walther introduced the PPK/S variant that was 4.1 inches high, allowing importation to continue. Ultimately, the problem resolved by licensing production of the PPK to a US company, avoiding the size problem altogether. PPK/S production stopped in Germany when production began in the US.
Designed by John Browning and introduced by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, this cartridge has achieved world-wide acceptance and has even been adopted as the standard pistol cartridge by several governments. One reason for the round's success is that it is the largest practical cartridge that can be easily adapted to small automatic pocket pistols. Ballistics fall far short of even the 9mm Luger, but still prove adequate for most self-defense situations. The round has established quite a niche position in this role, often being chosen over more traditional small calibers such as the .25 and .32 Autos.
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