When she broke out the 629, no less than 8 people stopped shooting to watch her. KABOOM!
But that wasn't the purpose of the range trip. She wanted to rent a smaller gun, and chose:
It looks a bit like the Bersa Thunder (the Bersa is a clone). It shoots the same round, but it's not NEARLY as snappy in the recoil department. That Bersa is a monster. The Walther is pleasant.
(I wonder if I need to try a Bersa again to see if I experience the same heavy recoil I remember .380?)
Anyway, the all metal Walther is clearly put together well. I like the fit and finish. Though I'm not a huge fan of the plasticky grip, that wasn't a problem. It's a DA/SA with a decocker, so if Trollop got one she'd have to get used to the difference. Presumably, in the unlikely event she went the CCW route with it, she'd chamber a round and put it on safety. When needed she'd flip off the safety, get a DA shot with the first, and SA thereafter.
The magazine release is on the frame, so that's good, thought it's a little high up and not where you expect it to be if you've fired a lot of American designed pistols. But it's an advantage over mag release on my Colt Pocket Hammerless that is at the end of the grip. The sights on the Walther are much better than the rudimentary bumps on the old Colt, too.
The only big peeve I had with it was the mag spring is VERY strong on it, making loading a chore. My mag loader is too big to be of any use in this situation. Unless resolved, it would make extensive practice a problem. After 2 boxes of ammo, my loading thumb would be torn up pushing those rounds in.
But it's a fun little pistol.
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