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S&W - Walther PPK/S recall

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JimJD, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. JimJD

    JimJD Well-Known Member

    I didn't see this around so I am posting, sorry if it has been already.

    Just saw my father today and he showed me a letter in today's mail.
    Smith and Wesson has "issued a recall of certain Walther PPK/S pistols".
    Here's a OCR copy of the front of said letter...

    February 20, 2009
    You have been identified as a purchaser of a Walther PPK/s pistol. This notice contains important safety information and we ask that you carefully review and follow the instructions in this notice.
    On February 20, 2009, Smith & Wesson announced a recall of certain Walther PPK/s pistols. A copy of the important safety recall notice is enclosed.
    At Smith & Wesson, we are constantly evaluating the safety, reliability, and performance of our products. As part of this process, we have identified a condition that may exist in certain PPK and PPK/S pistols which might permit a round to be discharged without the trigger being pulled. When the manual safety is disengaged, we have determined that, in certain pistols, the possibility exists that lowering the hammer may cause a chambered round to fire. We initiated this recall campaign in the interests of safety, since any unintended discharge of the pistol has the potential to cause injury.
    PLEASE STOP USING YOUR WALTHER PPK/S PISTOL. We are asking that you return it to us immediately so that all necessary repairs can be completed.
    To accomplish this task, please proceed as follows:
    Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential for causing injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol immediately.
    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. Visit www.ups.com or call {800) 654-3848 for the UPS store and box locations nearest you.
    Smith & Wesson is committed to producing the safest and highest quality firearms available and this recall is part of that effort.

    S&W listed shipping instructions on the back of the letter and included shipping labels.

    I want to predicate that the following statement is not a bash on S&W.

    I have first hand experience with his particular pistol, and it had to be sent back shortly after it was purchased. It had multiple problems/issues (mostly with the safety), and now this. It's a shame, we really like PPK series and S&W firearms.
    What really bothers me is that the letter is dated Feb. 20th, 2009. He gets the notice on Apr. 20th, 2009?! This pistol is not a safe or range queen, it's a daily CCW tool.

    Two months lag time in getting the word out? Really? Thanks S&W. Thanks a lot.
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    There is a short blurb in American Rifleman this month also, Pg 26. That copy had to be placed about 2 months ago.
    Better late than never actually making it a recall like Glock and their "suggested changes"..
  3. Upstate Gun Man

    Upstate Gun Man Well-Known Member

    S&W WALTHER PPK recall

    Any specifics on purchase dates or serial numbers etc?
  4. JimJD

    JimJD Well-Known Member

    According to the May 2009 issue of American Rifleman:

    "Smith and Wesson is recalling all Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols manufactured from March 21st, 2002, until Feburary 3rd, 2009."

    "The serial numbers of recalled pistols are listed on the company's website, http://www.smith-wesson.com."

    S&W can be contacted at (800)-331-0852.
  5. walker944

    walker944 Well-Known Member

    Sent mine in about 6 wks ago. Just called S&W customer service. Looks like they finally got parts from their supplier and they are going to start doing the recall work on Monday (May 4). They said it would be another 3-4 weeks before I got my gun back. What an annoyance!! :cuss:
  6. JimJD

    JimJD Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up walker944.
    I'm sorry to hear that it will take that long to get your pistol back. When my father had to send his in a couple of years ago (has it been that long?), I believe it took about six weeks. I'm going to get in contact with him, hopefully he heard back from them.
    But I'm really not surprised, especially with how things are going right now in the industry. Perhaps S&W is focused on certain products and getting them out there before the landscape changes.
    Add the number of pistols that have been recalled over a seven year production period... I'm guessing S&W's fun meter at the factory is in overdrive.
  7. flyingdeserteagle

    flyingdeserteagle Active Member

    Sorry if this sounds ignorant, but do the Smith&Walthers' safety levers act as a decocker?
  8. TCOV

    TCOV Well-Known Member

    Yes, the safety acts as a decocker. There seems to be a problem with some of them. I have not heard how often this malfunction occurs. I sent mine in a week ago.
  9. Zerstoerer

    Zerstoerer Well-Known Member

    Has anyone received their PPK back yet?
    Seems to take forever...

    They mailed me another shipping label after I had already sent it in.
    At least S&W responded to my email to acknowledge reception of the gun.
  10. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    A couple of folks on the Walther Forums have reported receiving their guns back as of this week, the first reports heard there on the topic. The process is taking far longer than S&W thought, apparently: upwards of from 12 to 16 weeks. Available parts seem to have been an issue initially. The best advice seems to be this: Be patient.
  11. Rodentman

    Rodentman Well-Known Member

    I sent mine in March 28. Nothing yet. Heck, when I get it back it will be like getting a new gun for free!

    I am lucky that I have plenty of other handguns to keep me busy in the meantime!
  12. Rodentman

    Rodentman Well-Known Member

    I received mine back today. Guess the Rodentwoman didn't know it was a firearm since she signed for it.

    The did the mod, polished the feedramp and replaced the cracked grips. I'll take it to the range Friday.

    Now I gotta clean it. Appears to have been fired, but definitely not clean as when I sent it in.

    But it's here!
  13. hhb

    hhb Well-Known Member


    I missed the delivery last night. Big Brown will be back after 5PM today. 76 days from the day I shipped it until the attempted delivery last night.
  14. MartyG

    MartyG Active Member

    Mine came tonight. Sent via 2-day UPS, but it arrived in one day. Same story as the rest of the guys. I feel a two-stage "step" in the safety now, I'm guessing first stage sets the safety, second stage drops the hammer.
  15. Rodentman

    Rodentman Well-Known Member

    I took it to the range today. Ran a box thru with no troubles at all. I didn't want to shoot more than a box since .380 is still hard to find and I am down to a few boxes. I don't reload that caliber.

    I am pleased with the work done.
  16. NewColonial

    NewColonial Member

    According to S&W, only the PPK/S are being worked on. S&W doesn't even have the parts to repair the PPK yet.
  17. MartyG

    MartyG Active Member

    Yes, can you believe it?!!! The PPK guys on another board are REALLY PO'd. After waiting a month after being told not to use it, for the shipping label to arrive, then another two months for the safety department to give the green light, then a couple of weeks of actual processing, only then to be told that only the PPK/S's were being fixed! Stories I've seen on the boards, as heard by calls to S/W seems to center around a needed spring. Some say it's in, some say it's being engineered, and some say they're waiting on parts. Every call to Customer Service is a different story. Some pistols have been there since January, i.e. in for another fix, then held up once the recall became reality. What a late time to discover this "spring" issue!
  18. J Lambs

    J Lambs Well-Known Member

    Just got mine back this week. Looks the same. The invoice says that they also polished the feed ramp. At least Ruger gave me some free stuff for my troubles with the LCP.
  19. NewColonial

    NewColonial Member

    J Lambs, what did you get back? PPK or PPK/S?
  20. J Lambs

    J Lambs Well-Known Member

    PPK/s. I emailed them last friday and they replied on Wednesday that it had shipped on Monday. Not sure if my inquiry expedited the process or not.

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