Originally Posted by ca survivor
not trying to sound like a smart a.... but when you get it back oil the slide rails and frame good, good luck they are nice little pistols.
They are WONDERFUL little pistols! Spot-on accurate for me in the intended range, stunning design, if you can remove the gaudy Smith logo etched on the slide... my only issue with MY SmithWalthers is that I had one pistol that would not feed correctly. Thought it was a break-in issue...300 rounds or so later, still had the issue. Sent it to Smith. They had it a couple weeks, sent it back, dirty, with a note saying no malfunction found. Had the same issue. Traded it back in to my LGS for another one, and when I put 40 rounds through that, a pin started working out of the trigger housing area. So THAT got traded, on the spot for a Smith revolver.... Smith still makes good revolvers.
Three months later, I get the PPK bug again, the LGS had another batch in, and this one has worked perfectly.
Long way of saying that with dedication, perseverance and a good LGS to help, you can have a wonderful time with PPK/Ss...Smith just doesn't make it particularly easy at times.
And yeah...I had Smith a clean weapon and they return a dirty one..THAT irked me. A note sayng that X number of rounds were fired without a malfunction noted would have been fine - I would have taken their word for it..but to return it DIRTY as "proof" rounds were fired, will...I didn't get any warm-fuzzies. I didn't had them a dirty weapon, I was peeved when I got a dirty weapon returned.
Maybe things are all better now and life is good. I hope so.
Probably the other thing that irked me is I didn't get a call or email from the Smith tech to discuss the type of failure I was having. I got the sense the tech took the PPK/S, popped a couple of mags through it, didn't have an issue and boxed it up and shipped it back, with no discussion of what type of ammo was used, how the tech was firing or anything else.
NOW...to emphasize.... the LGS I worked with went above and beyond and I DID get a good working PPK/S and I am a happy camper now. Just not a huge fan of the way Smith handled my personal issue. YMMV. Doesn't mean I won't buy Smith at some point, but they are not at the time of my lust list now either.