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Old 02-12-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Near the muzzle, the slide of my German PPK is shaped differently than a Smith and Wesson PPK (I don't have an Interarms at hand for comparison, but am also interested re: it's shape).

Why the change?

Is this purely appearance, or does it also have an effect on performance?
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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The WW2& post war & S&W are all different & I don't believe has any effect on the gun.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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The Interarms and the post-war French/German slide profiles are the same as the S&W.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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Near the muzzle, the slide of my German PPK is shaped differently than a Smith and Wesson PPK (I don't have an Interarms at hand for comparison, but am also interested re: it's shape).

Why the change?

Is this purely appearance, or does it also have an effect on performance?
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Probably economy. S&W slides lack the machining that gives postwar German, Manurhin, and Interarms slides their nicely rounded shape. Instead S&W's slide has two sharp little fangs. Hopefully they'll change the design to match the German and Interarms versions.
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Here's a photo of the S&W PPK/S slide from an earlier discussion:
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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There is not a whole lot of difference between the muzzles of the Interarms and the S&W.
Here's all three (frankly I don't like the "squared" cut on the '38 PPK):


Here's a close-up of the German (a PPK):


Here's the Interarms (a PPK):


And lastly the S&W (a PPK/S):


I really doubt that there is any cost savings in the design change of the amount of the bevel. As most of this is probably CNC machined I would say there is no time/money saved at all.
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There is not a whole lot of difference between the muzzles of the Interarms and the S&W.
Here's all three (frankly I don't like the "squared" cut on the '38 PPK):


Here's a close-up of the German (a PPK):


Here's the Interarms (a PPK):


And lastly the S&W (a PPK/S):


I really doubt that there is any cost savings in the design change of the amount of the bevel. As most of this is probably CNC machined I would say there is no time/money saved at all.
My "economy" comment refers to S&W's production redesign of the entire gun...not the "amount of bevel" at the muzzle.

In my opinion the Interarms and S&W slide muzzles are about as much alike as a tennis ball and a chainsaw.

I guess we're just going to disagree on this one...
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