..."@" !?! (ain't 'U-Toob,' here...) ...heh,heh. I like a gun which has been living within my pocket...full of lint...dust...pocket junk...dirty-as-though-its-been-in-hell itself! So-oo... If attacked: The gun shall fire when I pull the trigger; Even if I'm struggling and the damn thing is covered and soaked with the debris and blood one gets massed with in a fuggin' street-fight... ... or bull-shit the assailant until he/she leaves me- so I don't have to deal with any d.a.s' legalistic nonsense. One keeps a competition piece spotless.It's always good to keep 'em snuff... However, combat...is dirty. Once the weapon is zeroed and the cartridge is set... that piece begins a life of living in a holster, pocket or fanny-pac- No matter how dirty or dropped-in-mud... That pistol must work- or... y'ih gonna die... or get fucked-up, bad. I've always believed two cold facts about pistols: 1) twas taught by my ol' Army weapons training sergeant... "Don't trust in your firearm 100%: Because your firearm was: Made by the 'Hand O' Man!' and everything made by the 'Hand O' Man,' fucks-up!" "So remember to keep your bayonet sharp, within reach... And your knuckles ready." 2) If a any gun doesn't work to the standard of a Colt 1911 0r 1917 .45 Auto... that gun sucks. For me these are two to live [and] survive by. Because survival is the end game Gotta do with what I have and wish for nothing...and not sit on my ass whining about it. I couldn't do what I wanted w/ a Colt .45: Too heavy. Went for the PPk- 'cause it had what I needed... The problem was that at the time...'Time' was not on my side... So I went with the publicity and bought the PPk...dammit! Why, why-yy didn't I buy that Ruger SP101? ..."cause it'd stick out 'looking like a gun' in my pocket at work!" Fuggin' "James Bond" influence... Well I know better now... However, I'm not all that wealthy at present... Never was, really. Which is why I fix things myself. Much as my Granddad and my father had to during the depression... ...'man's gotta do what he's gotta do. ...'specially now. We're back to where we-- As a nation-- were in 1936!! "Progressives?" My American Celtic ass!! Sure... my mistakes were expensive- to a 'wheel' small degree, though... However that is my problem... not anyone else's. Mine. My property: The existing evidence of my failure, lesson and progression, theoretically and applied, within the fine art of one school in the college of the metallurgical sciences... Yes, I AM certifiably crazy... Why argue over the "Truth"? The truth is always crazy. Again, one must do with what one possesses. I cannot, and even back then, could not pay a gunsmith or afford a lathe, milling machine-- the cutters, bits or form tools. to correct the PPks' shortcomings... Hell I cant even afford a &^@#! cheap-o "Made in China" arc welder: Tithes & Family first... I am not "inept." or "mindless." Just crazy. Think: an "Evil Roy Slade" "Wright Brother." He wanted to fly... As for I? -I'm just trying to get by the best I can. Which is rather, even all the more difficult, presently... The Walther PPk(which I own) and the PPk/S that are U.S. produced-- whether by the former maker, Interarms or the present, Smith & Wesson-- are a chance taken: The French produced PPk-- is a different handgun over the U.S. product! The U.S. pistol is a combination of specs from two different designs of handgun: The PP & PPk; Their(Walthers') easy way around Clintons' asinine law pertaining to calibre/weights of imported handguns. Pure "Nazi." So-oo, they are two different pistols: European; which have few problems and American; which works poorly-- because of socialist[why isn't the US Marshal and Marines arresting them?]party and post WW2-Nazi(Soros) regulations!!