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Old April 15, 2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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PPK recoil spring change

walther ppk 380, interarms version.
factory recoil spring is 20# I belileve...
thinking of putting in a 17# wolff spring...
anybody got issues with the 17# spring, ammo recommendations
for it?

(typically, a post on one question seem to draw a lot of
kabooki dancing with a lot of "I like my kahr".."my sig".."my lcp", etc...
actually, all I am asking about is a spring for a ppk, thanks)...
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Old April 15, 2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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Is it not functioning with the factory recoil spring? Or are you perhaps talking about the mainspring, in hopes of lightening the trigger pull?
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Old April 15, 2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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20# sounds pretty high for a .32acp/.380 pistol. The 16# sounds closer to factory IMHO.
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Old April 15, 2011, 07:10 PM   #4
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These small guns like the PP series can be very spring "picky".
Unlike larger guns like the 1911, these small guns operate much closer to the line and often give problems with heavier or lighter springs other than the one they were engineered for.
Larger guns are more tolerant of spring weights, but small guns are often unforgiving.

In this case, you may run into problems with failures to feed or battering or cracking of the slide or especially the frame.
If you try a lighter spring, keep a very close eye on things, because cracks can happen fast and with no warning.

Ammunition recommendations are pretty useless since all guns are individuals. What works great in my gun may choke yours and vise versa.
All you can do is experiment with a variety to find a brand or type that works in your specific gun.
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Old April 15, 2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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Old April 16, 2011, 12:29 AM   #6
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Factory is 20 lb Keep factory This pistol been around a long time I believe they they knew what they were doing when the designed the pistol.
My Interarms PPK/S has been trouble free a lot of years. I use factory 20 lb spring.
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Old April 16, 2011, 07:25 AM   #7
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ok, sticking with the factory 20# spring...

don't fix it if it ain't broke is a good plan.
and, by the way, thanks everybody for staying on point.
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Old April 18, 2011, 10:35 AM   #8
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Kahr PM9 is better.

My wife has an Interarms PPk. I bought it used a couple months ago. It had a couple failure to feed instances on her first shooting session. I bought a new 20# recoil spring for it, but it still has the same problem.

I believe limp wristing may be involved. When I shoot it, it has performed well. I grip the pistol pretty tightly, my wife doesn't always. Also, I can see the pistol snap more when she shoots it. When I shoot it, it hardly snaps at all.

Is there anything I can do, to the pistol (besides trading it for another), to help it perform more reliably for my wife?
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Old April 18, 2011, 02:23 PM   #9
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Is there anything I can do, to the pistol (besides trading it for another), to help it perform more reliably for my wife?
Naw...Just tell her to "man-up".... or there is the .32 version......
To OP, I use the std. #20 with no problems, knock-on-wood....
BTW, I smiled at your comment about chiming in with other makes-models...Those are the "shills" that permeate the forums...My favorite one concerning the PPK is when in unison they shout: "It's too heavy compared to....."
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