This thread has managed to retain a little traction for quite some time!Hi, I am new to the forum. Searched the forum but did not find a thread addressing this specific issue. Please see enclosed photo. Gun has gone twice to the gunsmith, first time verdict was magazine. Second time it was a cracked extractor. Needless to say, it did it again. ...
Actually, it's normal in the PP-series in .380 for the chambering of the first round to drag the next round forward. Happens with all my .380 PPK/S pistols, both S&W and Interarms.It is totally unforgiving if you have anything but a death grip on in. Just noticed last time at the range that after the first shot, the next round in the magazine seems to be too much forward which I suspect is causing the miss feed.
Sounds like your pistol is the exact same thing as mine, except that yours is blued and much earlier - mine is #A022348, stainless 9mm kurz made sometime in the mid 1980's. It's a sewing machine now but I've had problems with reliability when I first got it too, because:I have a very near mint Interarms PPKs .380 in blue...I have not shot it in about 5 years. Both times were a frustrating disaster.
You will almost certainly find success when you find the right type of ammunition for your PPK. Like yours, mine will not accept any type of flat-nosed (truncated cone) type of bullet design - it's a definite jam-O-matic if I even try. Find some Independance, Fiocchi or Sellier and Bellot ammunition (if you can) and your PPK will probably become much more reliable. Don't waste your time with any of the Russian junk, either - Wolf or any of the other steel-cased stuff won't work in mine. Some of the Russian stuff (TulAmmo) have very hard primers as well - so hard the firing pin barely dents them and they fail to go off. Even some HP or personal-defense type of cartridges can cause a jam in my PPK but thankfully I've found that Hornady Critical Defense work with 100% reliability. These pistols are notoriously ammo fussy because they're built with great precision with little room for design variances but once you find a suitable match, your PPK will run as good as mine.Previously I shot Winchester Flat fronts. This time I am shooting full metal jacket ball ammo.
I am very surprized to read of this from an Interarms pistol and am almost certain it didn't leave the factory in that condition. Interarms test-fired and inspected these pistols coming from Ranger before releasing them to the world. Whatever the case, your modification will very likely help guide the bullet nose into the chamber and hopefully alleviate some of the problems you've faced. However, I still believe it'll be choice of ammunition that'll ultimately prevail here. And finally:What I have done recently is polish out a very, very poorly machined feed ramp. I used 600 grit sand paper, 2000 grit, Mother's 'Billet'... took over an hour. The feed ramp had some nasty factory grooves. Really crap work.
PetePK, you don't need to lubricate your springs or especially the barrel (except for a light preservative sheen). That's just going to make a mess and difficult to clean up afterward. The trick to easily racking the stiff (any yes, they are stout) slide of a PPK is to not rack the slide of the PPK.The slide felt SO very heavy and tight. So recently I stripped it down, lubed the spring and barrel and the slide grooves.
Awesome! I can't wait for your range report... and get some pictures of that PPK posted soon, PetePK! We all love to see pictures of these beautiful pistols; it's easy to do. Here's mine:So, we'll see what happens. I will make sure not to limp wrist it... Will report back.