RECALL: Walther PK380

Certain Walther PK380 pistols manufactured between May and September 2012 could allow rounds to be discharged when the trigger is pulled despite the safety being engaged.

During an internal quality review, Carl Walther GmbH has identified a condition that may exist in certain PK380 pistols which may permit a round to be discharged if the trigger is pulled, despite engagement of the manual safety. Walther has found that engagement of the manual safety may not prevent firing of a chambered round when the trigger is pulled.

This recall applies to Walther PK380, .380 ACP pistols manufactured by Carl Walther GmbH from May through September 2012, which have a serial number range from PK101201 to PK112155.


Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol until we have an opportunity to inspect it to make certain that there is no condition which will allow the pistol to discharge with the safety engaged.

To facilitate the inspection and repair, if necessary, of your pistol, please contact Waltheramerica’s customer service department at 1-800-713-0356 to receive instructions and a call tag for the return of your pistol to Waltheramerica.

Additional information will be posted on If you have any questions about this recall, please contact Waltheramerica at 1-800-713-0356.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Kav

    Better recall Glocks too, they must be NDs in the making with their safeties all broken…

  • Nicks87

    Proof once again that depending on a safty to keep you “safe” is just nonsense.

    I will keep my Glocks just the way they are thank you.

    • Frank Jimmies

      I own three Glocks, and love them, and I’m astounded by your ignorance in this matter. Glocks, as you should know, have three safeties. You rely on them indirectly just as much.

      This is about the pistol not functioning as it should, not the style of safety it has installed.

      • Nicks87

        I was talking about manual safties as was mentioned in the article but let me guess you are probably one of those people who complains when someone does a youtube video and doesnt show the camera that the weapon is safe and clear. You probably own a 1911 too and think you’re Clint Eastwood when you shoot it.

  • Cuban Pete

    I purchased a PK380 about 2 years ago. It averaged roughly 1-2 FTF per magazine!! Even after the break-in period it still FTF’d. Back it went to Walther USA permanently and Walther is now in my “Do Not Purchase List”.

    p.s. To be fair, the folks at Walther USA were very polite, understanding, and quickly refunded me my $$$.

  • West

    Damn, my mom bought one of these over the summer.
    I just sent a link to her.
    Thanks for posting this.

  • gunslinger

    i was looking to get one of these. glad i’m waiting.

    • kaykie

      I just checked the serial number on my PK380 and it’s not anywhere close to the numbers they gave. I’m relieved because my PK380 is wonderful to shoot, not heavy and I can even rack it without much effort and I’m not a strong person. My husband is really good to teach me all that I my 38 is a whole different matter. Hard to even shoot it. I’ll take my PK380 over any because I can rack it. Yahoo!!!

  • Alan

    There’s a very real difference between a firearm without a manual safety and a firearm with a defective manual safety: the user can be trained to safely operate a Glock, but a defective manual safety does not inform the user that the weapon is armed and is inherently dangerous as a result.

    Manual safeties have been around for many years. They should never be so defective as to warrant a recall.

  • Mike Knox

    Anyone notice it stopped at ‘has the potential to cause injury’, not including death? Certainly undermines the .380 doesn’t it?

    • Atro Pellar

      Mike – I noticed and expected that. No corporate lawyer worth his salt would allow Walther to take it any further. We all know what accidental discharge could do. As for the lethality of the .380, well placed round on target is the key not one accidental round. Good observation.

  • Bill

    I cant even get them to send a return label so I can ship it back for repairs I never even shot this brand new pistol yet. I have called now 3 times to get this taken care of. Its been 3 to 4 weeks. How long does it take to get a return label for a weapon whos safety does not work right. I purchased and didn’t even know about recall and had asked the sales person at Eds guns in NC, he said he was not aware of it and would not return my money after I found out a week later. Find it hard to believe someone in the gun business did not know this.

  • Keith

    This may be a scam. Don’t send your gun to these folks. I did. It clearly did not have a “Z” stamped inside the slide where they said it should be, indicating the gun had already been repaired. Now they want the $70 before sending the gun back. I’ve already called the ATF and other Feds. I’ve had many products from this company but I’m never buying another.

  • rey

    This is why I prefer to carry a Clock, no worries here.