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Personal Protection Systems Scorpion

Rock Island Auction has just started their new auction. They shared this interesting little handgun. This is the Scorpion pistol by Personal Protection Systems. It’s a rarely seen redesign of the Smith& Wesson Model 39 in 9mm. The most notable thing is the guttersnipe sights made famous by the ASP.


Personal Protection Systems was Aron S. Lipman’s baby. It was a specialty tactical outfitter, first selling gucci lines of ammunition (Glaser, pre-Federal HydraShok, Manstopper, etc.), holsters, knives, and other gear. PPS eventually introduced its own line of premium ammunition featuring copper-hollowpoints, and then a subscription-line of training videos on VHS tape. PPS disappeared after the BATF pinched Lipman on some sort of NFA violation.

The Scorpion was a special run of Lin Alexiou/Trapper Gun’s Mini-Scorpion conversion, which typically used the standard factory sights. Another PPS/Trapper special edition was called the Terminator, a slicked up Charter Arms Bulldog. (Not to be confused with the Jovino/Astra Terminator.)

1986 PPS ad
1987 PPS ad
1988 PPS ad

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  1. Personal Protection Systems was more of a specialty tactical shop, selling gucci lines of ammunition (Glaser, pre-Federal HydraShok, Manstopper, etc.), holsters, knives, and other gear. PPS was Aaron S. Lipman’s baby. He eventually introduced his own line of premium ammunition featuring copper-hollowpoints, and then a subscription-line of training videos on VHS tape. PPS disappeared after the BATF pinched Lipman on some sort of NFA violation.

    The Scorpion was a special run of Lin Alexiou/Trapper Gun’s Mini-Scorpion conversion, which typically used the standard factory sights. Another PPS/Trapper special edition was called the Terminator, a slicked up Charter Arms Bulldog. (Not to be confused with the Jovino/Astra Terminator.)

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