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Old 09-19-2007, 11:29 PM   #1
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Question Any gunsmiths specialize in PPK/S?

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Anyone know of a gunsmith that specializes in PPK or PPK/S?

My PPK/S-1 has turned into a "jam-a-matic." I've about had it with the little
mouse gun. As bad as it was when I first got it, now after 1300 rounds, it is
worse.

Who do you recommend that might be able to fix it?

Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:29 AM   #2
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Contact Smith & Wesson. My experience with their service has been excellent.
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You didn't say exactly the nature of your Walther's problem, but if none of the springs have been replaced after that many rounds your problem may lie there.

The recoil spring - the one round the barrel, can "die" and that can cause all manner of malfunctions.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:28 AM   #4
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Lightbulb Here's two.

Cylinder and Slide.

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/


Earl's Repair Service.

http://www.waltherusa.net/
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:51 PM   #5
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PPKS-1

I guess I shhould have mentioned the problems.

I am getting two different types of jams, depending on which recoil spring is
in the gun. When using the original factory spring, I get failures to feed,
where the slide stops a bit less than 1/2 inch out of battery. All that is
require to clear this jam is to tap the rear of the slide and force it to close.

The other jam happens when I have the Wolfe 24 pound recoil spring in place.
In this case, the gun jams with the cartridge lying up against the feed ramp.
The nose of the bullet is just into the chamber and the base of the cartridge
appears to be still in the magazine.

It happens with all 4 magazines. I have the two original plus two new Mecgar
mags.

Thanks for the suggestions. I doubt S&W will help because I use reloads,
although it happens with factory Fiocchi ammuniton as well.

The gun must fire my reloads well, because I believe a person must carry
what one practices with, and I can't afford to practice with $1.00 a round
ammunition.

Talk to y'all later!
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OM44: I hate to say it, but I think you have pinpointed your problem without sending it to S&W. I don't think there's anything wrong with the pistol. I think it is the ammo you are using. If you aren't aware of it, the Walther pocket pistols are pretty "ammo sensitive". They were originally designed to function with factory FMJ ammo. That's why so many guys use that type of ammo to practice with, as well as to carry. I would suggest you install the original springs, lightly lube the internal mechanism, put a small amount of RIG +P or white lithium grease on the slide rails, and buy some factory loaded Winchester white box generic ammo. That ammo seems to be the most reliable stuff for the PPK and PPK/S. If, after doing all that, it still malfunctions, then send it in to S&W.

While I agree that one should ideally practice with what one carries, most folks practice and break in their guns with factory FMJ. After it has fired at least one box of 50 FMJ factory loads without a malfunction, then you can start experimenting with different hollowpoint or frangible loads.

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You may try some extra power springs for the mags when you use your wolf #24 before doing anything else
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Ditto what they say, the Wolff spring is too powerful for you magazine springs. When you have the factory spring in I suspect your problem may be the extractor, and I am guessing you have an Interarms PPK/s or a S&W, my Interarms PPK had this problem. The extractor is not allowing the rim of the bullet to slip under it, which means it needs to be removed, cleaned and polished where it engages the rim of the case. Then again, I am only guessing without being able to physically see your ppk/s.

Cylinder and Slide will do a fabulous job, but there will be a long wait, I would think any local smith could remove the extractor and polish it. If it is a new gun and a warrenty issue, call S&W, but try factory ammo first, maybe your reloads are not hot enough?
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I would start by buying all new springs.

Standard wieght recoil, hammer, magazine and extractor springs. It's a careful balancing act to get everything working together, if one spring its out -malufunctions will occur. Its not always possible to tell which spring it is either, because after so many rounds it may be one or more.

After replacing springs, lube it up as Dep suggests and let 'em fly with some factory FMC. If you are reloading, load to factory FMC levels and watch things like your cartridges OAL.

That should get it back to "normal".
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One more thing I forgot...and I'm pretty sure you already know this...but you should NOT be using "all lead" bullets in the pocket Walthers. The pocket autos need a nice smooth slippery surface to feed ammo properly. Lead bullets have way too much drag and are guaranteed to jam up. I know they're cheaper, but they are a no-no in this type of pistol.

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