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Old Today, 10:23 AM   #1
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Ft. Smith vs S&W

This has probably been asked and answered before, but I can't find it. What is the difference between the PPS/S pistols made by S&W and those being produced at Fort Smith?
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Ft. Smith has reputedly adopted the Smith feedramp (for hollowpoints), and of course the beavertail schnozz.
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I think of the Smith pistols as a combination of the Zella-Mehlis PPK slide and the S&W frame.
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I checked with Altamont company who makes after market grips for the PPK and PPK/S. They told me that the old S&W PPK/S grips will not fit the new Ft. Smith frame. They are working on grips for the new PPK/S and will notify me when they become available.
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I think of the Smith pistols as a combination of the Zella-Mehlis PPK slide and the S&W frame.

"S&W frame" given feed ramp and extended tang.
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As far as aesthetics are concerned, the Fort Smith PPK(/S) is better-looking than my late production S&W PPK/S due to the slide being rounded off more nicely.

I'm not sure about reliability/function since I've never shot nor handled a Fort Smith model, but then again, according to many folks here, my S&W PPK/S is the exception to the rule when it comes to reliability because it has been 100% reliable since the day I bought it, so depending on who you ask the Fort Smith model might be better by default.

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I think of the Smith pistols as a combination of the Zella-Mehlis PPK slide and the S&W frame.
The ZM PPK's slide actually has a unique cut to it which doesn't taper off at the muzzle like all other PPK(/S) models which came after it.
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My .32 ACP S&W PPK is 100% reliable with any ammo I feed it. That was not always the case for me with ZM and Ulm pistols.
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