There is some concern that some early firearms left the factory with either the wrong recoil spring or a spring installed so it does not fit in the recess machined for it in the front of the slide. On almost all cases they were returned to the factory and fixed. Don't know if that is your case but I think I've read about a handful of cases on the net.
You have taken other Walthers apart, so you know they (S&W) will probably will not be doing anything other than what you are doing, perhaps with more conviction. Can't imagine you can bend the short barrel or harm the firearm while trying. Take off the grips and remove the hammer spring to make it easier. I would try it one more time with another person's help and if that doesn't work, I'd call the factory. You could remove the trigger guard to make it easier, but it is a ppain to reinstall. If you do get it apart you will likely have to replace the spring. I have a Wolff on mine and it works fine.
Good luck. Too bad you have this problem, but it seems fixable and I think once you are over this you won't look back.
Had the same problem with a new PPK/S last month. Even the gunsmith couldn't field strip it. Ended up sending it back to S and W, and they sent me a replacement gun. For what it's worth, the serial number of the defective gun was 1516BAF.
Same for me-Brand new gun-tried to strip and clean the day I bought so I could go shooting the next day with Dad who has a PPK/S. I shot 75 rounds (sight was so far off I wasn't having fun) and still couldn't get it off. I let Dad try-who had same gun and he complained mine was broke. His stripped with ease. I used to think the gun was cool, but now I think it's cheap!!!
Let me know your thoughts.
If I don't hear otherwise, I'm sending very stern letter to S&W about poor quality.
Hi all. I'm new to the forum but thought I'd share. I've wanted a PPK ever since "James Bond" used one way back when. Just got into the handgun sport when I retired. First, I got a CCW pistol, a Kahr MK40 (.40S&W) then came the PPK. After searching the web and my soul I decided on a previously owned Ulm manufactured pre-ban. I must confess (Dragon Skin vest now in place) that I never cared for S&W guns. So I purchased such a gun, manufactured in Ulm dated 1968. It wasn't "mint" or "uncirculated" but was in excellent condition. Paid a stiff price for it but have never looked back. Shot spot on, no FTF, FTL using Winchester USA 380Auto 95 gr. FMJ-FN Q4206.
At the range it has attracted some attention.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but after reading your post, it sounds like S&W struck again with their lousy quality control. If S&W can't fix it to your satisfaction...demand your money back. Pursue a good used Interarms model, or if your funds permit, try and locate a German produced pistol. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Contact S&W .... they should make it right... if not let them know ....
Call the Customer Suport line for Waltheramerica.... get a shipping label and send the gun back to them on their dime or take it to your local smith and have him contact S&W(Waltheramerica)
From what I have read on the net, so far everybody that had a S&W PPK or PPK/S with problems S&W did make it right for them.... again they did make it right.... so just place that one phonecall and see what they have to say ......