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Default DIfference between the S&W PPK and the Interarms PPK

What exactly is the difference between the two? I know about the extended beavertail and the smooth trigger-but what differences are there in the S&W rendition?
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The Interarms pistols were high quality pistols and the S&W versions were not, not being smart at all. I've never has a problem with the imported guns and heard very few good things on the S&W versions. I know that's not the specifics you were looking for, sorry.
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Well now you are hearing some very good things on the S&W version from me. I own a PPK/S .380, and it has been problem free.

I am happy to contribute to the restoration of your faith in S&W products.
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I have 2 of the S&W versions, PPK .380 and PPK .32

Haven't had any problems with either one.
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I'm glad you guys have had good success. I know 3 people who didn't and S&W had to do at least one recall on the guns. I pretty sure it was 2 recalls. One for guns that could fire without the trigger being pulled and one for reliability/feeding issues. These are known fact, found very easily by Googling them.

My statement was not an indictment of S&W, merely a comment on the quality issues they've had on these guns in the past.
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I would also point there are post strings on this forum discussing it as well
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I would also point there are post strings on this forum discussing it as well
S&W production as stated below was horrible.

This recall applies to all Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols manufactured by Smith & Wesson from March 21, 2002, until February 3, 2009. The Serial Numbers of the pistol subject to this recall are as follows:

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

Mine were produced in 2010 and 2011, could be I am just lucky.
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Mine were produced in 2010 and 2011, could be I am just lucky.

Maybe they've solved the issues on latter production, S&W is a good company. Sounds like you followed the old adage about not buying a new production gun, you were smart.

The list you provided ought to help others, if nothing else, I guess the the lesson is, be sure what vintage you buy.
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Mine were produced in 2010 and 2011, could be I am just lucky.

Maybe they've solved the issues on latter production, S&W is a good company. Sounds like you followed the old adage about not buying a new production gun, you were smart.

The list you provided ought to help others, if nothing else, I guess the the lesson is, be sure what vintage you buy.
I did a lot of research and got to shoot a friends, so knock on wood I made out.
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My S&W version PPK/S had a lot of sharp edges on the frame that I had to lightly round off. Mechanically, it ran perfect. I eventually sold it to a co-worker that wanted it more than I did. Two months after I sold it to him they had a recall on them and he had to send it in for the repair.
I eventually missed it and picked up an Interarms PPK/S. I think it's finished nicer. I had to smooth off the sharp edges on the back underside of the slide as the first time I shot it, it left two slices in the web of my hand between the thumb and first finger due to the shorter beavertail. Other than that, it's ran perfectly and is a cloverleaf shooter at defense distance (7-10 yds). Buying it used, I have no idea if a previous owner had any work done to it to correct any issues. I've put a lighter mainspring in it to improve the DA trigger pull and have been very happy with it.
If I had the two in front of me and had to choose one, I'd probably go with the Interarms version as it seems to be finished nicer. My S&W was an early one and I haven't handled one of theirs in the last 4 or 5 years so I don't know if they've cleaned up all their sharp edges or not.
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That answer is simple I have a West German 1977 Walther PPKS.It is a quality gun that shoots whatever you feed it and has never had a single malfunction.S+W PPKS is GARBAGE.I watched one of my friends shooting his nearly new out of the box and the FRAME CRACKED.Another cut his hand neededing stiches because the sharp edge of the slide got his hand.the Interarms Walther has smoothed contours and a longer beavertail,You get what you pay for

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That answer is simple I have a West German 1977 Walther PPKS.It is a quality gun that shoots whatever you feed it and has never had a single malfunction.S+W PPKS is GARBAGE.I watched one of my friends shooting his nearly new out of the box and the FRAME CRACKED.Another cut his hand neededing stiches because the sharp edge of the slide got his hand.the Interarms Walther has smoothed contours and a longer beavertail,You get what you pay for
Actually the Smith has the longer beavertail. The Interarms were the ones famous for the Walther slide bite. No, the question was posted because I was wondering if there was a change in the internals that caused the recall.
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That answer is simple I have a West German 1977 Walther PPKS.It is a quality gun that shoots whatever you feed it and has never had a single malfunction.S+W PPKS is GARBAGE.I watched one of my friends shooting his nearly new out of the box and the FRAME CRACKED.Another cut his hand neededing stiches because the sharp edge of the slide got his hand.the Interarms Walther has smoothed contours and a longer beavertail,You get what you pay for
Sorry, but your opinion on the gun doesn't make it "garbage"...as for stitches your friend obviously mishandled the gun. And the Interarms beavertail is shorter...not longer. You can find plenty of internet crapolla on the Interarms PPK if you care to.

Thanks anyways for the quality review.
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