Walther PPK & PPK/s recall


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hhb
February 22, 2009, 03:31 AM
Haven't seen this posted yet, but S&W announced on 2/20/09, a recall of every PPK & PPK/s manufactured since March 2002 for a safety issue. Check the company website, and register on-line. It includes all those with the new extended beavertail.

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Eightball
February 22, 2009, 04:03 AM
Any more detail on this?

hhb
February 22, 2009, 08:35 AM
Problem with the hammer block that could cause the weapon to fire if the hammer is lowered with a live round in the chamber. S&W will send a prepaid shipping lable and instructions on how to return if you call the 800# or register on-line on the S&W website.

outerlimit
February 22, 2009, 10:33 AM
Oh gawd... they're even putting beavertails on PPK's now? :barf::barf::barf:

EHL
February 22, 2009, 07:38 PM
Oh gawd... they're even putting beavertails on PPK's now?
Actually, Cylinder and SLide and many other gunsmiths have been making those mods for years now. S&W decided to make them factory standard now. I like it as it prevents the infamous slide bite that Walthers are known for.

p.s. thanks for the heads up. I better check it out.

searcher451
February 22, 2009, 08:01 PM
From the S&W website:

IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE - February 20, 2009

PRODUCT:
Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD:
Smith & Wesson has identified a condition that may exist in certain PPK and PPK/S pistols which may permit a round to be discharged without the trigger being pulled. When the manual safety is disengaged, Smith & Wesson’s Product Engineering Group has determined that the possibility exists in certain firearms that lowering the hammer may cause a chambered round to fire.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT INVOLVED:
This recall applies to all Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols manufactured by Smith & Wesson from March 21, 2002, until February 3, 2009. The Serial Numbers of the pistol subject to this recall are as follows:

BAB 0010-BAB 9999
BAC 0000-BAC 9999
BAD 0000-BAD 9999
LTD 0000-LTD 0499
PPK 0001-PPK 1500
BAE 0000-BAE 9999
BAF 0000-BAF 9999
WLE 0001-WLE 0459
BAH 0000-BAH 9999
BAJ 0000-BAJ 9999
BAK 0000-BAK 9999
REP 0026-REP 0219
BAL 0000-BAL 5313
BAM 0000-BAM 1320

REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN:
STOP USING YOUR PISTOL AND RETURN IT TO SMITH & WESSON AT ONCE.

Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential for causing injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol immediately.

To facilitate the repair of your pistol, please contact Smith & Wesson's customer service department to receive instructions for the return of your pistol to Smith & Wesson.

When you return your pistol to Smith & Wesson, we will replace the existing hammer block feature with a new part at no cost to you. Your firearm will be returned as quickly and efficiently as possible.

CONSUMER CONTACT:
To receive a UPS pre-paid billable stamp and shipping instructions to arrange for the modification of your pistol click here or contact Smith & Wesson directly at 1-800-331-0852.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECALL, PLEASE CONTACT SMITH & WESSON AT 1-800-331-0852, or email to PPK_S@smith-wesson.com.

hhb
February 23, 2009, 09:45 AM
I just got off the phone with a S&W customer service rep, and the 3 letters in the serial number can be either a prefix or a suffix.

Geezer Glide
February 23, 2009, 01:11 PM
The PPK design is many, many years old and they have found a way to screw it up?

searcher451
February 23, 2009, 10:04 PM
From about Day One, in fact, Geezer. The S&W folks took what was a remarkably reliable and dependable platform and introduced a number of so-called enhancements, including the controversial extended beavertail. As it stands now, it's pretty much a crapshoot as to whether the S&W model PPK or PPK/S you buy will function or give you fits. Of cours,e maybe they'll wave a magic wand over the guns when they reach the repair shop, and all will be right with the world again. :confused:

If you want to carry a Walther -- and why not? It's a fine gun and an excellent design, the S&W version notwithstanding -- be sure to get a German model, a French model, or the U.S. Interarms version.

blkbrd666
February 23, 2009, 10:15 PM
It's pitiful what they have done to the PPK and PPK/S, but they DID establish and endpoint for collecting the Walther line of fine handguns.

J Lambs
February 24, 2009, 04:04 PM
I had placed my NIB PPK/S up for sale on a local forum. Now I have to take it off and send it in for recall repairs.

Claude Clay
February 24, 2009, 04:43 PM
the only reliable function of my German made ppk/s was the safety decocker. and now S&W messed that up. utterly amazing

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