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i'm usually active on Walther Forums discussing my PPKs, one Interarms and one S&W PPK/S and was wondering if anyone here has an S&W PPK or PPK/S.

I'm debating buying a second PPK/S (blued) to go with my stainless one. (.380).

My first S&W PPK was, well not the best out of the box. Multiple FTFs at the first range trip. Got worried it was a turd and sold it to a friend who thought it was just me limp wristing, or doing something wrong.

He had the same issues, and eventually the gun was returned for a refund. I picked up a used Interarms PPK/S about a month later and it's been fine.

For whatever reason, I ordered a second S&W PPK/S from my FFL and this one is just fine. Maybe one FTF out of 400 rounds. Love it!

Just wondering if anyone else has a S&W made PPK with a good experience. Seems like the blued ones are out of stock everywhere at the moment, so I have some time.



 

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I haven't had a PPK since the early to mid 90's. I was really disappointed in it's accuracy and over all performance. I expected better from Walther. The P88 worked like a charm though.
 

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I had terrible issues with two different Interarms PPK/S in stainless.

I carried a S&W PPK for a few years with absolutely no issues other than the tang being a little sharp, which I corrected.

Now, I carry a revolver.
 

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I've had more experience with the Interarms version, but I too have owned a couple of S&W's before California decided that it was a bad gun. The two examples actually worked very well out of the box. So much so that I would be hard pressed to choose a top gun between Smith or Interarms. Smithy.
 

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I've got seven Nazi proofed PPKs. I sort of collect them. The original Walthers are great None of the artificial stuff though. Bought an Interarms back in the early 90s. after shooting a couple hundred rounds out of it I sold it before it fell apart or biodegraded
 

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I traded mine off for two Manurhns 22 lr and 380,the triggers on both these french models are a lot better than the SWs,Just dont see these guns for sale anymore though.
 

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Bought my S&W PPK/S in July of 2002 and it has never had any FTF or any other ammo related problems, it seems to be happy with most any type ammo. When it was two years old the safety started jamming and LGS sent it back to S&W and they repaired it free of charge. It was one of my CC weapons until i got my LC9, it has always performed well and i still enjoy taking it to the range, it is accurate and pleasant to shoot.
 

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I bought a S&W/Walther PPK as my first carry gun. What a piece of junk. By the time I hit 200 rounds it was jamming every round. I cleaned it up and traded it in for a SP-101. After all the trouble I've had with this and other semiautomatics since I returned to the States, I will not own another one. I was trained on revolvers and that's what I'll stay with.
 

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You didn't even bother to call S&W to see what they could do to get it running right?

I'd call S&W and Ruger two of the best companies for customer service..
 

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I do think that when S&W first acquired Walther domestic production that they were not ready to roll exactly. Interarms had several years/decades to iron out the bugs for such an intricate firearm. Ever seen the insides of a PPK or PPK/S, let alone the tiny TPH? They are like fine built watches. So much so that when Interarms had gotten all the bugs out, there was still a collection of purists that insisted on the original German made gun. An yes, Interarms had their own share of bugs when the first took over too. And remember since Interarms was the domestic producer, when they were told they could no longer make the PPK, PPK/S, and TPH: They did not ship all of their tooling and machinery over to S&W to take over where they left off. Smith had to start from scratch and their production is testimony to that. The Smith I had was a later production piece and it worked flawlessly. Earlier models I wouldn't be so sure about? I have seven (what could be considered carry pieces) revolvers from Smith, Ruger, and NAA and was looking to finish off my pistol safe with an auto. I first looked for exactly a Smith PPK/S, but living in California I was stopped in my tracks when none of these guns appeared on California's Safety Roster. I still feel that they are fine guns now and would love to own one, Smith or not. Smithy.
 

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I'm still amazed CA and MA gun laws (restrictions) haven't been challenged in court. I can't see why they OK a Colt Gold Cup, but not a PPK w/ a hammer drop safety.

I've heard ruger actually makes the PPK frames..think I'm going to buy another one.
 

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I'm still amazed CA and MA gun laws (restrictions) haven't been challenged in court. I can't see why they OK a Colt Gold Cup, but not a PPK w/ a hammer drop safety.

I've heard ruger actually makes the PPK frames..think I'm going to buy another one.
Not only that, but if you start from a gun that's already approved and hush monies paid, If the manufacturer's then decide to put some laser grips on that very same gun, it now becomes illegal in CA until new guns are sent in for destruction (testing) and new fees paid to CA to get the laser gripped version approved. The biggest problem I have with the PPK/S not being legal in the state is that the gun already has all of the required elements of CA to pass. Loaded chamber indicator, etc. It's just that Smith did not send CA a half dozen pistols to be destroyed and the additional fees to get it on the list. This is something I wish that the Fed's could override if we had a favorable administration. Smithy.
 
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