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I have the same problem. I have the receipt for the PPK/S 380 when I bought it new for 1/11/86 and the test target says 8/26 shot at 15meters. So I guess it has to be at leasts 1985 or just a bit earlier. It was new when I bought it.
It is an Interarms Alexandria Virginia on the right side and Walther made in U.S.A on the left. The piece in the injection port has what looks like a VA stamped on it. Ser. Number is S032037.

Can anyone give me any info on this pistol and if this is a good bad or indifferent PPK/S?

thanks for the help
The S/N on mine is S0618xx and it was purchased new in 07/1989. Unfortunately, the original Walther case and the target are stored away where it's a PITA to get to right now so I can't confirm any "born on" date (I keep it in a padded, flannel lined gun bag). I do know that the place I bought it from told me they had just gotten it in shortly before I looked at it, so I imagine it was made sometime earlier that year. What you described as the stampings/engravings on the pistol are the same as mine.

The only real mechanical problem I've ever had with the gun was that the original recoil spring broke about two coils from the end that rests against the frame. I had some FMJ ammo feed problems shortly after I replaced the spring but they seem to have disappeared with no issues for over 250 rounds of FMJ now. Never had a problem with JHP.
 

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Yeah I haven't fired it for about 20 years. I bought some Glaziers (sp) at that time and have had it loaded since then. I decided to take it out and bought some FMJ ammo about a week ago. I had one stove pipe with the Glaziers(two mags fired). The FMJ's went fine about 35 fired.
I would like to get some FMJ ammo for it. As a matter of fact I would like to reload for it. Does anyone have exp reloading for this pistol or know where I can go to get info for reloading?

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...I would like to get some FMJ ammo for it. As a matter of fact I would like to reload for it. Does anyone have exp reloading for this pistol or know where I can go to get info for reloading?

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Not sure how experienced you are at reloading (I have "0" for pistol, have done some shotgun) but I recently watched this ~1/2 hour Youtube vid about it and thought it might be germane to your question.

This gent, Hickock45, has a whole load of vids on a bunch of gun/shooting related topics. some are nicely informative, some are plain tongue-in-cheek silly.

This one is in the former category:

http://www.youtube.com/user/hickok45#p/u/31/irC3NuIKDm4

This in the latter (very short):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qzZ-ht7tP0

Enjoy (or not...)
 

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I have no exp with loading center fire at all. I've done quite a bit of shot shell. Anyway, I am a hunter but that poor crow. LOL Anyway just picked up all the stuff I need to reload the Walther .380 this afternoon. A bit lighter in the pocket I may say but I plan to load some .38 and 357 also so maybe in a while it will pay off. I've looked at a bunch of reloading videos but am downloading the 30 minute one you sent. Should be interesting but don't know what they can talk about for 30minuts. Well I guess I will see. Thanks for the links.
 

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I wish a mod would clean up this sticky...90% of the 5 pages of posts here are off topic hijacks. This would be a good resource if it was a little more navigable.
 

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I suppose that we could always start with that last post, umbrella. :)

One of our members has been compiling a master list of the Interarms serial numbers, though it's been some time since he's reported in. Truth be told, we've been waiting on that updated material to better define the good material that's included in here. I'd urge a bit of patience.
 

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how about you guys do a PDF or something and attach it to the sticky as a file ???
I am sure we could work something out
or post who the person in charge of the masterfile is and have people email or PM alongside with posting here
 

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I suppose that we could always start with that last post, umbrella. :)

One of our members has been compiling a master list of the Interarms serial numbers, though it's been some time since he's reported in. Truth be told, we've been waiting on that updated material to better define the good material that's included in here. I'd urge a bit of patience.
Perhaps I should have started a new thread. :p

In my defense, it remains that on page 1 we have 8/10 posts including serial numbers and dates whereas by page 4 and 5 the percentage is down to 1/10.

A PDF does seem like a good solution if you can find someone who wants to keep it updated.
 

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Is this recall for Smith and Wesson Walthers only? Are the Interarms Walthers safe? Seems to me this is so but not exactly sure.

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Only the S&W-made firearms at at issue. The Interarms pistols exactly copied the German- and French-made PPKs. S&W deviated from the design in a couple of areas, including the extended beavertail and the hammer block mechanism.
 

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PPK/S Serial Number

Found your site over at "The High Road" while trying to date my Interarms stainless ppk/s.
Looks like you have a good start on this info. i believe I have a first year of the S prefix serial numbers. The target in the box is dated 8/9/83. My swag is that 1983 is the first year of the S prefix Stainless Interarms PPK/S. My NUMBER is S000944. Hope this helps
 

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Thanks for that, Phil, and welcome aboard. We trust that you'll enjoy your time here. The Interarms stainless PPKs are fan-favorites here; many members still use them as primary carry pieces, given their overall reliability and accuracy.
 

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PPK/S 380 Stainless
Test target '94 SN S1119xx

Bought new and still looks that way. Approx 500 rounds down the tube, love that little gun. :)
 

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From some Interarms price lists of that period it would appear that the blue PPK/s pistols were not actually available on the market until the last few months of 1979.

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PPKs Serial Number

Happy 4th!
I am new to the forum and just purchased a PPK/S.
I've looked around the forum but can't find the info on the serial number of my sidearm. It's 177159 and 73 is on the ejection port.
It has a highly polished blued finish with a Made in West Germany on the safety side and Interarms Virginia on the ejection port side. Additonal markings include Model PPK/S 9mmKurz
Any assistance on the history/birthdate and location of manufacturer would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 

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Welcome to the Forum ERmedic
your PPK/s was made by Walther in 1973

the guns that people "document" here are Interarms made in the USA PPK/S's ..... they don't have date of manufacturing on them as the German ones
 

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Welcome to the Forum ERmedic
your PPK/s was made by Walther in 1973

the guns that people "document" here are Interarms made in the USA PPK/S's ..... they don't have date of manufacturing on them as the German ones
Thanks for the info. Just so I understand, with the Interarms stamp on one side and the West German stamp on the other with the 73 on the port. It was made in WG in 1973 or Virginia?
 

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The Interarms stamp for your pistol indicates that it was imported into the USA by the Virginia firm; it was made across the pond. Interarms later was awarded the contract to build pistols here; these firearms were made by Gasden Manufacturing and are stamped "Under License of" with the Walther legend/banner on the left side of the slide and the Interarms stamp on the right-hand side.

Hope that helps a bit.

Welcome to the forum, by the way.
 

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I'm probably wrong on this, but weren't the U.S. Interarms versions made in Gadsden, Alabama, by Ranger Manufacturing? I never heard a Gasden (or Gadsden?) Manufacturing in relation to the PPK and PPK/S before this.
 

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No, you are correct, UE. Nice spot. Mark me down as car-lagged after a long drive last night from Yellowstone. Ranger Manufacturing from Gadsden, Ala., is correct. I've been told that the folks at Interarms were quite picky with the guns that they accepted and tested, then sent a large number back to Alabama to be fixed/made right before they were finally offered for sale. That might explain why so many folks who own the Interarms pistols are quite happy with them, years later.
 
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