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While decocking my PPQ 22LR using the offical way described in the manual (i.e., dry firing), this important piece broke off that sits right in front the hammer. I'm sure that functional part has a name...



My PPQ 22LR is 54 weeks old and looking at the Walther warranty for this pistol, they only cover workmanship issues for up to a year. :( I've got a customer support ticket into Walthers so we'll see if they give me a bit of grace. This isn't my first problem with this pistol. Right in the beginning I had a roll pin squeak out on the slide. Walthers eventually sent me a new slide. This has been a nice pistol that I've shot several thousand rounds through but it certainly hasn't been the most reliable or well built one.

I hope my PPQ 9mm or PPS M2 don't end up with issues like this in the long run.
 

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My PPQ 22LR is 54 weeks old and looking at the Walther warranty for this pistol, they only cover workmanship issues for up to a year. :( I've got a customer support ticket into Walthers so we'll see if they give me a bit of grace. This isn't my first problem with this pistol. Right in the beginning I had a roll pin squeak out on the slide. Walthers eventually sent me a new slide. This has been a nice pistol that I've shot several thousand rounds through but it certainly hasn't been the most reliable or well built one.
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Actually for the PPQ 22, the warranty as described in the manual is not quite so legendary:

"10. WARRANTY

WALTHER ARMS warrants that the enclosed firearm was originally manufactured free of defects in material, workmanship and mechanical function.

LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY

This firearm is warranted to the original owner for one (1) year from date of purchase against defects in material and workmanship and is not transferable."

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While decocking my PPQ 22LR using the offical way described in the manual (i.e., dry firing), this important piece broke off that sits right in front the hammer. I'm sure that functional part has a name...



My PPQ 22LR is 54 weeks old and looking at the Walther warranty for this pistol, they only cover workmanship issues for up to a year. :( I've got a customer support ticket into Walthers so we'll see if they give me a bit of grace. This isn't my first problem with this pistol. Right in the beginning I had a roll pin squeak out on the slide. Walthers eventually sent me a new slide. This has been a nice pistol that I've shot several thousand rounds through but it certainly hasn't been the most reliable or well built one.

I hope my PPQ 9mm or PPS M2 don't end up with issues like this in the long run.
I've read you should never dry fire a rim fired 22 pistol.
 

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I've read you should never dry fire a rim fired 22 pistol.
It depends on the gun. I don't see any mention of it in the PPQ M2 .22 manual but the manual for my Ruger Mk.IV states that it "...can be dry fired but a snap cap is strongly recommended for anything more than occasional dry fire practice".

I like to use drywall anchors in my .22's. They're inexpensive and last a long time.
 

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Looking at the older original post, it looks like the owner "decocked" the pistol by pulling the trigger with the slide removed, which would allow the hammer to fly forward and strike the portion of the frame that broke. I think we have seen this before.

If you need to "decock" the pistol with the slide removed, you need to hold the hammer as you pull the trigger and ease it down.

Pretty much the same with any firearm - you never let the hammer just fly forward.

It's just a good idea to have something in the chamber of a .22 if you are dry-firing to avoid the firing pin striking the edge of the chamber, possibly peening it or damaging the firing pin.
 

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Actually, in this case the part broke while shooting. Certainly may have done what you suspect though of pulled the trigger with the slide off in the past which would have weakened the part.

It's pretty crappy strength metal and not the best of Walther's designs. However, Walther customer service took it back and fixed it for free. Can't beat that.



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