New PPS owner, with a question

New PPS owner, with a question

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    New PPS owner, with a question

    Well after getting tired of waiting on an M&P Shield, I traded in my beloved XD subcompact and picked up a Walther PPS for my new EDC gun. As much as I liked the XD, it was just too heavy against my very thin frame. The PPS is lighter and much thinner. I'm already satisfied and can't wait to take it to the range. As with every new gun I've purchased, I gave it a thorough initial cleaning and I noticed something I was hoping some of you guys might be able to help me with. I noticed that the recoil assy has a plastic guide rod. No big deal. But what didn't sit well with me was that the rod has a slight bow to it. This the only gun I've ever owned with a plastic guide rod, so I'm inclined to assume that this normal. I'm aware Glocks have plastic guide rods as well so maybe a Glock owner could chime in here as well.

    Is the bowing normal?


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    Not sure if the bowing is normal - but better for it to bend than to break. All it has to do is keep the recoil spring from being able to bind up. I have "many" Glocks and they all have a plastic rod - it can be bowed with finger pressure. I wouldn't worry about it.

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    My PPS had a bowing guide rod when new. I personally didnt like the idea of the plastic part so I bought a BT guiderod. I will also note I've never heard of a problem with the factory PPS guiderod. If interested:
    http://btguiderods.com/category/walther/pps/

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    Great pistol and nothing to worry about. Enjoy it.

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    Shouldn't be an issue. You'll love shooting it; as long as you hold up on your end, you'll be surprised how accurate it can be at different ranges for it's size.
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    Ours has had no problems at all, round count at about 500.
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    My PPS is the same. Don't think it's a real concern personally.

    You may want to ask this again at www.waltherforums.com. The site as more specific info for walthers and is fairly active.
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    Fine gun, the PPS. My experience is similar to the others. Enjoy your PPS; you made a good decision.
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    Agree with the other posters and congrats on purchasing a quality handgun.
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    So the upward bow of the spring assembly when seated correctly is normal then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by llmstratocaster View Post
    So the upward bow of the spring assembly when seated correctly is normal then?
    Don't know about Walther, but all my pistols that don't have captive springs look the same. They all have a slight bowing of the spring. After all, like aus71383 said; "All it has to do is keep the recoil spring from being able to bind up."
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    Mine is like that and has been since day one. Remember it is two pieces.

    I've got well over 1,500 rounds downrange with it at this point, no issues whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DontTreadOnI View Post
    Mine is like that and has been since day one. Remember it is two pieces.

    I've got well over 1,500 rounds downrange with it at this point, no issues whatsoever.
    Yeah I know it's 2-piece. My XD guide rod was 2-piece as well, but it was steel and straight as an arrow. I think that's what threw me off when I first laid eyes on the PPS rod.
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    Same here but it works fine. It does look odd.

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