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I have tried very hard to like shooting the shiny new PPK/S I purchased a few weeks ago. But the fact of the matter is that the beavertail is slightly abrading and heavily bruising my hands without fail. I do not mind the gun scraping the skin off my hand, but the bruising gets very painful.

Is there anything I can do? New grips? Will Walther exchange the gun for another model? Titanium Gloves? Advil? :D

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Fitzwilliam: I find your post very interesting! I've cut my very large hand with the slide of my 1988 stainless PPK. I never really hurts and it's healed in a day or two. I never considered bruising from the new S&W extended grip tang. A hot little .380 round in the Walther's fixed barrel does create a bit of a kick (not .44 magnum kick, but kick none the less). I can see how it would bruise the hand. And, you're right, a bruise hurts. An abrasion stings. But a bruise keeps hurting more and more as you shoot and then it lingers.

This is another reason to put a checkmark in the "get an Interarms PPK" column!

-Steve
 

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PPK/S?

Is your shiny new PPK/S a Smith & Wesson version? If it is, it has a
larger beavertail which should reduce the pain, not make it worse!

If it isn't, sorry 'bout dat, cheeef! :(
 

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It is brand new from the factory. Yes, it is a S&W like this:



And yes, the extended beavertail is bruising the web of my hand like crazy. Others have agreed at the range, that it is an incredibly painful weapon to shoot for more than a few shots.
 

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On my blued PPK S&W I simply rounded and smoothed the edges of the tang and re-blued. Now I can shoot 200 rounds without any effect. I use it as a carry every day.
 

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Painful PPK/S

So, I forgot to mention that I have replaced the factory grips with
an aftermarket set of composite grips called: "Black Walnut."

After installation, I attacked the grips with a dremal grinding tool and
reshaped them so that they really feel great! I can shoot the gun as
much as I want and it does not hurt me.

Let me suggest that before you sell the little thing, try some different
grips. Wooden or composite grips that can be ground down, filed down,
or sanded down in certain key areas will make such a difference in how
the gun feels that you may not believe it!

I think Hogue makes rubber grips that fit the PPK/S.

Try a different set of grips! I am sure you'll like it! :D

Good luck!
 

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PPK\S

Hi FitzWilliam, I understand your issue as I've had a similar experience. With a high(up tight under the tang), stiff wrist grip, it's become significantly more comfortable. Well, the web of my shooting hand just gets a little red as opposed to opening the skin when I'm not using the high\tight grip. I can go through 150 rounds in an hour without any real discomfort. One thing I've found is that my 1972 German Walther doesn't bother my hand at all; it has the original style, smaller, tang. Guess it's just hand shape or something. Best of luck with it, hope it works out.
 

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I took my new S&W Stainless PPK/S to the range a few days ago, and after 150 rounds, the sharp edges on the extended grip tang had cut into my skin. I was thinking about using a dremel to round out the edges, but I don't know if it'll make the finish look drastically different. Does anyone know how the metal will look after it gets dremeled?
 

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PPK/S beavertail

Use a dremel tool with a rubberized grinding wheel and round off the edges
of the tang. Then polish. It looks fine.
 
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