Smith & Wesson announced yesterday that it’s recalling all Walther PPK and PPK/S guns manufactured between March 2002 and early this month.
The $605 weapon has a defect which may allow the gun to fire without anyone pulling the trigger. In a memo to customers posted on its Web site, the Springfield firm advised owners of the gun to “STOP USING YOUR PISTOL AND RETURN IT TO SMITH & WESSON AT ONCE.” Smith & Wesson engineers discovered the problem during routine tests, and the firm “has not reported” any consumer injuries.
However, an Illinois police officer sued the gunmaker last fall over wounds sustained in 2006 when his PPK/S allegedly went off on its own. Smith & Wesson has denied any responsibility for the accident.
The firm plans to fix all PPK and PPK/S guns for free, including covering shipping costs to and from Smith & Wesson’s factories. The company estimates the recall will cost a total of $900,000 to $1.3 million. The Walther PPK is famous the world over as Agent 007’s pistol, appearing in most of the 22 James Bond movies released since 1962.

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