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My 2014 PPK/S .22lr model has a spring that has a short "leg" on one end that fits into a tiny hole under the barrel. The leg seems to properly orient the spring and also helps to retain it on the barrel.

I had not heard of this before, but I appreciate the design. It helps me, anyway.

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Interesting, my 2013 (BD) model lacks any such spring. I guess it was a later addition meant to address the issue with the recoil spring snagging and binding up the slide. Perhaps there was indeed a right and wrong way to put the recoil spring back on after all.
 

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My PPK/S is a 'new' 2013 Walther/Umarex model (my friend's also a 2013). There's no '..leg..' on the end of the recoil spring or mating-hole under the barrel or in the frame.

Did you purchase this PPK/S factory-new ??...or was it a resale from a previous owner ?? If a re-sale....could this modification have been done by a clever previous owner ??
 

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It was advertised as NIB. I assume it's factory new. It's date coded BE. I have heard others getting a new spring from Walther as a fix, but they never mentioned this type of spring.

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It was advertised as NIB. I assume it's factory new. It's date coded BE. I have heard others getting a new spring from Walther as a fix, but they never mentioned this type of spring.

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I know this is basically a 3 year old thread, but I just bought in Jan 2020, a BK ( 2019 ) Coded PPK/S 22lr, and the supplied ( NIB ) recoil spring has the 'newer' spring that you mentioned, with the hole below the barrel. So I would say the spring change was universal to 'fix a problem'. From what I have read here ( and elsewhere ) the previous versions of the same spring could/would create a slide jam if reinstalled 'backwards'. I can confirm that this new ( 2014 on ) recoil spring can also create a slide jam, since the manual didn't mention the spring orientation, and in my haste to do a quick range clean, I placed the spring on backwards, and - slide jam. Got it fixed, thanks to suggestions from this Forum ( thanks ), but a bit frustrating at first.
 

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What in the world are you guys talking about? 1917
1917, seems the recoil spring and barrel were modified sometime after 2013. Mine is a 2013 and there is no front or back to the spring. Unlike my PPK 380 where you know which way to put it on. It should slide on easily. If not - wrong way.

I have had instance when reassembling the spring will catch on the slide preventing the barrel from protruding from the slide and if enough force is used cause a jam.

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Unlike my PPK 380 where you know which way to put it on. It should slide on easily. If not - wrong way.
Are you sure about that (Easy way first on the spring)? I've always been told the tighter end should go on first, holding the spring in place while the portion that is expected to move/compress can do so more easily.
 

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Are you sure about that (Easy way first on the spring)? I've always been told the tighter end should go on first, holding the spring in place while the portion that is expected to move/compress can do so more easily.
You have been told correctly and that is exactly how it is on my 380. There is no doubt which end is which.

The spring that came with my NIB PPK/S .22 did (does) not seem to have smaller/bigger end, but if it does is such a small difference to be noticeable. I did order a replacement spring from Walther and the spring they sent does have a smaller/bigger end and like the 380 you know which end is correct.

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You have been told correctly and that is exactly how it is on my 380. There is no doubt which end is which.

The spring that came with my NIB PPK/S .22 did (does) not seem to have smaller/bigger end, but if it does is such a small difference to be noticeable. I did order a replacement spring from Walther and the spring they sent does have a smaller/bigger end and like the 380 you know which end is correct.

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Gotcha. The way you wrote it I interpreted it as you were speaking about the .380 easy end should go first. Sounded like a recipe for a jam :) But yeah my .22 is a later one that has the little leg to help orientation.
 
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