I know that the US made Walther PPK/S is made by Smith and Wesson but I just found out that they made from Ruger castings. Anyone else know or hear this? I got this directly from the importer of Walther firearms.
In the USA there are only three or four manufacturers of raw investment castings who supply the entire domestic firearms industry. Ruger (Pinetree) is one of the largest, and as far as I know, Ruger and Rossi in Brazil are the only firearms makers in the Western Hemisphere who produce their own castings. Everybody else buys them from somebody.
I'd edit my above post but I don't know how on this board.
In reading more carefully the op is not actually suggesting Ruger sends finished frames to Smith for PPKs. They are sending a casting (in block form?) for Smith to chisel out the PPK frames. Is this correct?
This is much more believable than Ruger sending PPK frames.
Still was not aware of any Ruger connection however.
Ruger also makes the frames for all the single actions from Freedom Arms, something that FA doesn't advertise but is true. The investment cast frames are more than just "castings" they are very precise and require almost no machining. When you take a Ruger apart and look at the frames and slides of their revolvers or autos you will see almost no machining in them. That's one of the reasons Ruger is the industry leader in fine castings. Check out Pine Tree Castings on the Internet, you'll be suprised at all the different items they make for others.