Originally Posted by JustinM
I hear it's a pretty dirty round to shoot. Is that true?
In my experience (FWIW) the dirtiness is more a function of the type of gun than the round. My wife has a PPK/S, and it shoots very dirty. But I believe that's because it's a blowback action and not because of the .380 round.
I have shot a friend's PK380, and it was a good gun. I didn't pay attention to whether it was a blowback action pistol or not, and since I didn't have to clean it (
) I don't know how dirty it got. It was a bit small in my hand, but of course you aren't going to shoot it with my hand.
If you like Walthers and are still looking around, you might also look at the Walther PPS.
ETA: If you do like the PK380, you might also think about picking up a P22. It's very similar to the PK380 and it makes for cheap practice that will carry over to your defense gun. Look around and get opinions on those, too, because they vary widely.