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I have found a critical flaw in the Walther PPS Manual that may be the root cause of many of the backstrap problems that users are experiencing.

I have always had a difficult time reinstalling the backstrap on the PPS. However, the line in the Manual that reads: "The backstrap installs easily, be
careful not to apply excessive force" was disturbing me. Was I missing something, or is their definition of "excessive force" different than mine???

I turns out that I Was missing something. After much tinkering, I discovered that the backstrap slides into place simply and locks securely If you lock the Slide Open first.

If you look at page 22 of the manual, the last two steps of the FIELD STRIPPING ASSEMBLY section; You are instructed to move the slide Forward to the Closed position, followed immediately by instructions for reinstalling the backstrap. This is INCORRECT. You must lock the slide Open before reinstalling the backstrap.

This may be a large contributor to many of the backstrap issues out there. If you try to install the backstrap with the slide forward, excessive force is required. Tabs can break. It may not lock Securely. Etc...

Hopefully this is useful to some. I have seen much discussion about the backstraps, but no one ever mentions the Slide position during reassembly.
 

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My instruction manual says to line up the dots on the frame and backstrap. This has always worked so far. I will try the method you discribe. Anything that makes it easier and prevents damage is worth it.
 

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Not aware of "many backstrap problems that users are experiencing". In fact this is very rare on the forums. Most of the discussions have been about 'what if'. Anyway, thanks for the tip on an easier way. I put on a Hogue grip sleeve so I never remove the backstrap. I disassemble like a Glock.
 

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Not aware of "many backstrap problems that users are experiencing". In fact this is very rare on the forums. Most of the discussions have been about 'what if'. Anyway, thanks for the tip on an easier way. I put on a Hogue grip sleeve so I never remove the backstrap. I disassemble like a Glock.
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I'm surprised that this is even an issue.

People NEVER read their owners manuals. Bad on them.
 

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I've been using Google to search many forums. Not just here at WaltherForums. I've read a few threads about backstraps coming loose during firing, preventing a follow up shot. Certainly not something I'd want to happen during an emergency.
 

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You don't have to remove the backstrap if the pistol is already decocked. A lot of people use the glock procedure make sure the chamber is clear then dry fire to decock the striker. Removing the back strap decocks it without any chance of an accidental discharge. It is safer to remove the backstrap.
 

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Speaking of what if's, the manual speaks of unloading the pistol before removing the backstrap. If the chamber is loaded, and you remove the backstrap to decock the firearm, will it discharge? I'm afraid to test, and I don't think it would be safe for anyone to test, but perhaps someone from Walther can enlighten us.
 

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I removed the backstrap at my range yesterday with a round in the chamber (to face a self imposed challenge after reading the previous post). I can confirm that removing the backstrap will NOT fire the round that is loaded, and only decocks the PPS.:)
 

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Has anyone else been using or looked into this slide back method?

I just bought my PPS and would prefer not to dry fire if possible for maintenance. I would really like/appreciate some insight into the mechanics of how the back strap and trigger parts interact with the slide before doing it (to be safe)... if anyone has a grasp of it. -Thanks, Dale


Thanks also to the original poster.
 

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I removed the backstrap at my range yesterday with a round in the chamber (to face a self imposed challenge after reading the previous post). I can confirm that removing the backstrap will NOT fire the round that is loaded, and only decocks the PPS.:)
That's the spirit :)
 

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I have found a critical flaw in the Walther PPS Manual that may be the root cause of many of the backstrap problems that users are experiencing.

I have always had a difficult time reinstalling the backstrap on the PPS. However, the line in the Manual that reads: "The backstrap installs easily, be
careful not to apply excessive force" was disturbing me. Was I missing something, or is their definition of "excessive force" different than mine???

I turns out that I Was missing something. After much tinkering, I discovered that the backstrap slides into place simply and locks securely If you lock the Slide Open first.

If you look at page 22 of the manual, the last two steps of the FIELD STRIPPING ASSEMBLY section; You are instructed to move the slide Forward to the Closed position, followed immediately by instructions for reinstalling the backstrap. This is INCORRECT. You must lock the slide Open before reinstalling the backstrap.

This may be a large contributor to many of the backstrap issues out there. If you try to install the backstrap with the slide forward, excessive force is required. Tabs can break. It may not lock Securely. Etc...

Hopefully this is useful to some. I have seen much discussion about the backstraps, but no one ever mentions the Slide position during reassembly.
I have never taken my back strap off until today to show a buddy how you can change it out. I almost thought I was going to have to take my gun in to have someone fix it. Your lock the slide open first worked like a charm. the plastic nipple that has to align with the hole and the matching up the dots thing doesn't seem to work either. But when you lock the slide open and align everything and wiggle it popped right in and slid into place. Thanks Dude : )
 

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I have never taken my back strap off until today to show a buddy how you can change it out. I almost thought I was going to have to take my gun in to have someone fix it. Your lock the slide open first worked like a charm. the plastic nipple that has to align with the hole and the matching up the dots thing doesn't seem to work either. But when you lock the slide open and align everything and wiggle it popped right in and slid into place. Thanks Dude : )
Welcome aboard. Glad the site helped with your PPS.
 
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