PPK/S Hammer issues
This is a discussion on PPK/S Hammer issues within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just lately, my normally very reliable old Interarms PPK/S has been failing to lock the hammer back for subsequent shots on maybe every 8th or ...
December 31st, 2010 09:20 PM
PPK/S Hammer issues
Just lately, my normally very reliable old Interarms PPK/S has been failing to lock the hammer back for subsequent shots on maybe every 8th or 10th round or so. So; I shoot the first shot DA and then every shot after should be SA, except that sometimes it doesn't stay locked back...what could it be? I tried both the stock 20# and reduced power 17# recoil spring; both new ones from Wolff.
Last edited by druryj; January 1st, 2011 at 02:11 PM.
December 31st, 2010 09:48 PM
Not too sure about that although I'd try the original springs and/or contact a certified Smith'. You may also want to seek advise on the 'Walther' forums. There are some issues with the PPK that surface now and then. Conversely, there was a factory recall of the PPK earlier in the year so you may want to contact Smith/Walther too. Yes, I know your gun is older but the issue may still have a similar latent defect. Anyway, its worth a shot (sorry, couldn't resist).
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March 24th, 2013 07:41 AM
Fixed! Dug around all over the net and Walther Forum for similar issues. I just completely tore it down and replaced the hammer block, extractor plunger, and all the springs with a Wolffe Service pack; using the 17 lb recoil spring instead of the stock 20 lb spring, and shooting Speer Lawman, Blazer Brass, and Fiocchi 95 grain .380; ran 150 rounds through it yesterday with not a single issue. Man, this little gun just flat out shoots. It is incredibly accurate and it was a blast to run the rounds through it trouble free. Glad to have figured it out. Lots of people fault this gun; it is a very old design from way back in like the early 1930's but it's solid, accurate...and beautiful. Me likey!
March 24th, 2013 08:04 AM
So, what was the maintenance history before, on how many rounds? Did it turn out the PPK/S blew its springs after a few hundred, or had this been an old warhorse with no known maintenance since manufacture?
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April 2nd, 2013 11:27 AM
Bought in 1995; nothing replaced outside recoil springs every few thousand rounds; just routine cleaning after shooting. What I think was happening was that the extractor spring, maybe the plunger too, had worn enough to NOT effectively engage the detent in the manual saftey..and/or the hammer block or its spring was also worn.
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