This .380-caliber commercial version, imported since 1992 by K.B.I., Inc., sports a black-anodized frame. Offering a much sleeker appearance than the other PA-63-type guns, the PMK-380 is nonetheless similar in construction and operation to the Walther PP. Due to a backstrap that curves out further than the PP's, the Hungarian gun boasts a considerably larger grip that will fit, surprisingly, in most holsters made for the PP. Large-handed shooters will undoubtedly prefer the PMK-380's larger grip over the Walther's.
On the other hand, the PMK-380 is not nearly as refined or polished a gun as the Walther pistols. Its sights are undersized; it has a heavier trigger pull in both single and double action; the magazine release is much stiffer (causing the empty magazine to release only partially from the grip); and the recoil is sharper because of its lightweight alloy frame.
In test firing, the PMK-380 produced a 2.9-inch pattern from a 25-foot offhand group, using Samson 95-grain FMJ. The double-action first shot landed more than two inches from the single-action follow-up shots, all of which went into a tight pattern less than 3/4 of an inch across. Other groups measured nearly 4 inches across, which is poor showing at 25 feet, even when shooting offhand. In general, though, the PMK-380 is an acceptable handgun for those seeking a low-cost, double-action .380-caliber pistol.