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I recently bought a S&W PPK/S at auction on GunBroker for a great price. I have wanted a PPK for a long time and when I saw the opening bid and no reserve, I simply had to bid. I was surprised to get it at a price I wanted.

Because this was such a "quick and dirty" evolution, I was not able to do the normal research I would have done. Once I received the gun I saw that the serial number put it in the top series of S&W PPKs and PPK/Ss recalled because of a potentially faulty firing pin blocking bar. I have contacted S&W and they are sending me a shipping label and packaging instructions to send it to them for repair.

So, after that long winded introduction, my intent with this post is to get as much information about the S&W built PPKs and PPK/Ss I can. There seems to be a dearth of threads on the S&W models here. I'm especially interested in whether the recoil spring has to be so heavy. My hand strength is not what it used to be and the spring on this piece is a real bear.

Thanks in advance for any info I get.

Just for kicks, here are pictures of my prize:


 

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You won't see a lot of love or respect for the S&W iteration here on this forum, I myself have one and love it.
It's blow back design so yes the recoil spring has to be that strong.
Make sure the recall work is done before attempting to carry it, at all!
Now you need to touch up the SS yourself and make it look new again.
Mine looked about like yours when I bought it and I freshened up the finish soon there after, same gun different grips.
 

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Thanks for the information. As I said in my post, haven't seen much on the S&W. Being new to the PPK/S world, why is it? Is the S&W version not, essentially a PPK/S?

Anyway, this one fulfils, at least initially, my dream of owning one. And, yes, I do not plan to carry (or even fire) it until the recall repair is applied.

What did you use to "freshen up the SS," jeweler's rouge?

Thanks again.
 

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I used a scotch bright pad and make sure to go in straight lines in only one direction or it will look all scratched up if you go back and forth.
 
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