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Walther PPK and PPK/S Product Recall Notice

Walther PPK and PPK/S product recall notice

Smith & Wesson announced a safety recall on certain Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols. The company requests that you stop using your Walther PPK or PPK/S manufactured by Smith & Wesson from March 21, 2002 to February 3, 2009 immediately. A safety issue exists in some of these pistols that may cause serious injury or fatality.

The issue was found that some Walther PPK and PPK/S semiautomatic handguns will fire a chambered round without the trigger being pulled. Smith & Wesson engineers found that after chambering a round and disengaging the safety, there is a possibility that lowering the hammer will fire the chambered round without pulling the trigger.

The Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols affected were made by Smith & Wesson from March 21, 2002 to February 3, 2009 with the following serial numbers: 0010BAB – 9999BAB 0000BAC – 9999BAC 0000BAD – 9999BAD 0000BAE – 9999BAE 0000BAF – 9999BAF 0000BAH – 9999BAH 0000BAJ – 9999BAJ 0000BAK – 9999BAK 0000BAL – 5313BAL 0000BAM – 1320BAM 0000LTD – 0499LTD 0001PPK – 1500PPK 0026REP – 0219REP 0001WLE – 0459WLE If you own a Walther PPK or PPK/S made during this time period and it has one of the serial numbers listed above, Smith & Wesson asks that you STOP USING YOUR PISTOL and return it to Smith & Wesson for a free replacement of the hammer block.

Firearms that have been fixed will have a punch dot at the back of the pistol’s frame. This mark indicates that the new hammer block has been installed and your Walther is safe to use and fire.

Please contact Smith & Wesson at 1-800-33-0852 or if you suspect your Walther PPK or PPK/S may have a defective hammer block.

Smith & Wesson issued this recall in February 2009. If you have any questions about the recall, please contact Smith & Wesson and not Cheaper Than Dirt! You can reach Smith & Wesson at 855-774-8527.

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Comments (10)

  1. In reference to the Walther PPK/S Recall issue. I bought the S&W build of this PPK/S used. I had owned an Interarms Walther in the late 80’s so I had history with this model. I bring home the firearm and immediately find out about the firing pin block recall. recall. I saw this on the S&W site so I contacted S&W via their autofill form and within 2 days, they sent me a FEDEX label and I shipped it back for the warranty work. 1 week later I receive an email that was unclear but the gist was, they couldn’t repair the firearm. I should contact Walther in Arkansas. 1 week after this, I receive my firearm back from S&W with a letter stating that they don’t carry parts or perform service on this model anymore. This I understand but the recall was in regards to the firing pin block needing replacing. They sent me back my firearm with the trigger transfer bar removed and in a baggie. So, does the trigger transfer bar have any connection to the firing pin block issue stated in the recall?

  2. bee O bee. CZ and Makarov are both great weapons. Have used both as self defense and in combat. Any firearm is prone to failure. As these two weapons, the CZ-52 and Makarov are bordering on antique status, mechanical failure becomes almost certain. Long since retired mine. Short time, I semi-retired from making a living with a gun. Right money would probably bring me out of semi-retirement. If i do, my sidearm will be the same as my concealed carry, a revolver. But, to your problem, World Gun Parts, or what ever it is called now, may have the parts you need. An internet search should find this company, or a similar that will have the parts you need.

  3. Never liked the S&W build of the gun – didn’t seem on par with the German made models – and they’re no where comparable to a similar looking Sig 232

  4. Sorry to hear this. S&W, and Walther have always been top rated manufacturers. Truth be told, any self loader can have problems. Had a Makarov once upon a time. Every time I used the decocker, it would fire.
    Quit using decocker, lowered the hammer manually. Like I’ve told people in the past; ‘Bone tire, half drunk, or half asleep, I’ve never dropped a hammer when letting it down manually’. Of course, problems with auto loaders firing ‘accidentily’ can be avoided by carrying a ‘wheel gun’.

    1. Alas, it’s not the gun, it’s the user – I’ve known two cops who managed to shoot themselves with 38 revolvers “accidentally” – I’ve used multiple semi autos over 20+ years (1911, 92FS, PX Storm, Sig 232, etc) and never had an “accidental” discharge

    2. Archangel, had a catastrophic failure, once on a .9mm. Sear broke, weapon went ‘full-auto’, with a 15 round magazine. All I could do was hold it ‘down-range’ until it emptied itself. This never happens with a revolver.
      True, I love my self-loaders, have carried them often as self defense and as a combat sidearm. Still, given a choice, will carry my ‘wheel gun’.

    3. Roy, I bought a CZ-52 chambered in 7.62×25 a few months ago from a guy in Texas. I bought a couple of brand new magazines for it and while manually cycling a few rounds through to see if the new ones fed properly, the chamber had a round in it and the hammer was cocked. I had the safety on and was just looking at it and holding it in the palm of my right hand with my thumb on the hammer. I touched the safety lever with my left thumb and bumped the safety slightly upward towards the ‘on’ position and the hammer fell and if it weren’t for having my right thumb on the hammer, it would have fired. When I got the round out of the chamber, the primer had a slight dimple in it indicating light contact with the firing pin. I contacted a CZ-52 and Makarov master smith in Lafayette Indiana named Claude Harrington and described the problem and he said that the pistols used some investment cast parts that were not very hard and that my problem ‘was very, very common’. It’s now at Harrington Products for him to try to repair as no new parts are available at any cost from anywhere.

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