ppk and FTFeed
A friend and I each bought a new stainless PPK/S last summer from the same store/same time. Very close serial numbers.
Both of them seem to be VERY picky about 380 ammo or they will FTFeed (and even FTFire based on the FTFeed). Almost all of the time, I can just push the slide forward to fully chamber when the FTFeed happens.
I have one brand that works 95% of the time and other around 85% of the time. (Both Euro cheapo brands.) I really wanted American eagle to work well as it is a cleaner brand. I have tried maybe 10 different brands of ammo.
I have around 2K+ rounds through it (don't know the exact count, it could be 3K) and I am a little disappointed it is so picky. I only have factory mags and about 10 of them. Mags are all numbered and it doesn't appear to matter which mag it is when something bad happens. I make sure it is well oiled before I go to the range, but I don't reapply at the range. However, I can get FTFeed in the first couple of mags even.
I was thinking maybe trying different recoil springs to help, but I saw in another post NOT to do that.
What do you guys think? Can it be made better or is this just how it is?
You may want to consider polishing up the feed ramps first. From what others have written about FTFs on the PPK that seems the most common ailment. I had mine only a month before the recall and only got it to the range once before sending it in. I had a couple of FTFeed's and had written that on the return letter. When I got it back they had polished the ramps. Mine has run like a champ since. Not one FTF or FTE. I've also stuck to just S&B's for ammunition. As a side note: I just love that little pistol. I can get all in the black as fast as I can pull the trigger on the 10 yard range.
yep, was having the same problem. Took the Dremel to it with some polishing compound till there was a nice shine and no dings or burr's.
I feed Winchester, Tula, and Wolf with no issue now.
Its also a good thing to have a bit of oil or light grease on the rails.
That a good stiff hand to get a good feed. You may want to upgrade to some nice wood grips for a better hold.
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Did you oil it? Last one I saw with this problem, the owner was told by some gun store monkey that it did not need oil. Two drops of CLP on the rails cured the issue instantly.
I found the problem. Your PPK was made by S&W.
Same issue with mine. Sent it back 3x and they finally made it feed.