The spring on my SWalther PPK/s is sooo heavy. Are lighter springs available? Are they a good idea? I know that limp wristing this gun will produce stove pipes. Will a lighter spring create the same effect? Thanks for your help.
I would think that a lighter recoil spring would lessen the chance of a stovepipe. If limp-wristing causes a stovepipe, then that means that your wrist is absorbing too much of the recoil energy and not enough is being sent to the slide to operate the weapon properly. A lighter recoil spring would have less resistance, so more energy would be transferred to the slide and it would cycle easier. I don't know if this would cause any harm to the weapon, but I doubt it would cause more stovepipes.
Yes, a lighter spring is available. A company called Trapper Gun makes a kit which includes a new recoil spring and 2 weights of hammer springs. Light and medium. It costs under $20.00. I haven't tried the kit, as I like the recoil and trigger pull on my PPK's, but I'd be interested in hearing how the kit works. If you try it, please post a report on quality and performance.
The only problem I could see is if someone with a strong wrist were to shoot it a lot (i.e.- if you sell it). This would transfer a lot more recoil from the slide to the frame (exact contact point unknown) and begin beating on that point.
Well, it has only stovepiped on me twice and both times, it was being held somewhat loosely. Those are the only two malfunctions I have ever had with the gun, so I really don't want to mess with perfection if it will screw anything up...