Good topic. In my own collection, I’m on my third PPK (my first in .380) which I adore as much as it’s predecessors (both in .32/7.65) along with a Browning HP and an ASP.
Should a modern 007 upgrade? Logically, yes. The PPK has stood the test of time and is fully reliable IMO. All the reported jams have (for the most part) been due to ammo as opposed to the weapon itself. I’ve read most of the citations.
The new Walther models are quite nice. Bond is created of the old school though and many of the so titled “work horse” pistols of both the military and government sectors are still just that.
I like the newer Beretta and Sig Sauer models, but both the Browning HP and Beretta 70s are still the staples of the SAS and MOSSAD.
So, brand names and history aside, let’s create, as any intelligence agency might wish, a checklist.
- 9mm or above. 9mm is the most readily available ammunition worldwide.
- Minimum eight round capacity, but ten to twelve is an ideal given a staggered clip to maintain a slim frame for concealment.
- Compact, but with a minimum 3.5 inch barrel for a certain degree of accuracy at 25 feet. Most fire combat engagements with pistols take place at between 5 and 15 feet.
- Double action, but then again, after the first shot, every semi automatic pistol works the same but sometimes you don’t always have time to cock the hammer and when carrying, even with a chambered round and the safety on, you may need that extra second.
- Barrel feed ramp - Slightly steeped to allow for rounded, flat or hollow point rounds.
- Wide ejection port to avoid jams when using questionable ammunition.
- Minimum 1/8th inch threading for suppressor/muzzle break (silencer/flash suppressor)
- Master spring tension. Solid but giving as sub-sonic rounds may be required for “quiet work”.
Some of this can be speculated upon, but without the factor of silencers, there’s some fine choices.