If you will recall, the Makarov PM is all steel and somewhat heavier than the PA63, which has an alloy frame. I have one PA63, 3 Walther PPs, and a bunch of Makarov PMs.
The PA63 is the most uncomfortable to shoot out of the box, with its light frame and heavier 9x18M round. I have lightened the trigger spring and installed a 17# recoil spring in it, which makes it easier to handle. Also, I use a Hogue Handall grip on it. If one takes a firm grip, the recoil isn't too bad, but as I said, it does cause some abuse to the hand. As to accuracy, it is on a par with a Makarov PM.
I have Walther PPs in .32 ACP and in .380. In either caliber, they have snappy kick. The .380 has a kick about like the PA63, and I do not like to shoot it much either. As to accuracy and reliability, frankly I find the PA63 to be a better choice than the Walther PP .380. The reason I like the Walther in .32 is that I can empty a mag very quickly and I find its accuracy on a par with the PA63 and the Makarov.
In my opinion, the best choice is the Makarov PM. The slightly heavier weight is offset by the stability and shooting comfort that adds.
The PA63 comes in a close second for accuracy and has an advantage in weight, but it still is not very comfortable for an afternoon's shooting.
The Walther in .380 is cute, but expensive and has no real advantages over the other two.
Bottom line is that the Makarov PM is best overall for me.
If anyone is considering a Walther in .380, I would recommend a FEG (PA63 or other) instead. They are lot cheaper and, in my experience, perform better. Just be aware that the alloy frame will eventually crack and one should not use ammo with bullet weight over 95 gr.
BTW, the FEG factory has had a license from Walther to manufacture PPs for many years.
Last edited by Teakwood; 03-18-2007 at 11:47 AM.