S&W Safety Recall: Walther PPK and PPK/s pistols

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

There seems to be a problem with the PPK hammer block in newly manufactured PPK pistols. The press release:

Smith & Wesson has identified a condition that may exist in certain PPK and PPK/S pistols which may permit a round to be discharged without the trigger being pulled. When the manual safety is disengaged, Smith & Wesson’s Product Engineering Group has determined that the possibility exists in certain firearms that lowering the hammer may cause a chambered round to fire.

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:

BAB 0010-BAB 9999
BAC 0000-BAC 9999
BAD 0000-BAD 9999
LTD 0000-LTD 0499
PPK 0001-PPK 1500
BAE 0000-BAE 9999
BAF 0000-BAF 9999
WLE 0001-WLE 0459
BAH 0000-BAH 9999
BAJ 0000-BAJ 9999
BAK 0000-BAK 9999
REP 0026-REP 0219
BAL 0000-BAL 5313
BAM 0000-BAM 1320


Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential for causing injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol immediately.

To facilitate the repair of your pistol, please contact Smith & Wesson’s customer service department to receive instructions for the return of your pistol to Smith & Wesson.

When you return your pistol to Smith & Wesson, we will replace the existing hammer block feature with a new part at no cost to you. Your firearm will be returned as quickly and efficiently as possible.

To receive a UPS pre-paid billable stamp and shipping instructions to arrange for the modification of your pistol click here or contact Smith & Wesson directly at 1-800-331-0852.


More information at S&W

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Vivian Mc Daniel Vivian Mc Daniel on Dec 19, 2012

    I bought my PK 380 in October 0f 2010. I have the problem that the newest recall is all about. My gun fires with the safety on. I sent the gun to S & W. They provided the prepaid Fedex box. When I got it back, they said there is nothing wrong with the gun and no repairs were made on it. WOW really, just because my gun was made in 2010 does not mean it does not have a problem.
    Who can help me????? S & W just blew me off?????

  • Manny Manny on Jan 06, 2013

    A lot of the comments say that their guns are returned dirty and scratched. Evidently, this is not the work of a reputable company. If this is S&W's work I will not buy a product from these guys. If you cannot work professionally on your own products, your reputation will go down the drain. A firearm is a sophisticated piece of equipment. How can you allow butchers to work on it? Try putting together a QC department instead of using your customers who will be the most ruthless critics of your workmanship. It is my understanding that S&W is a first class company but a lot of the above comments suggest otherwise. Will someone at S&W post a reply to convince me that I am in good hands when I purchase one of their products?

    • JRod JRod on Jan 06, 2013

      @Manny I sent mine back early in. It came back clean and unscratched. The only mark was the punch mark they make to establish the work has been done. And that's insurance for you if it happens.