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Press release from Walther USA:

During an internal quality review, Carl Walther GmbH has identified a condition that may exist in certain PK380 pistols which may permit a round to be discharged if the trigger is pulled, despite engagement of the manual safety. Walther has found that engagement of the manual safety may not prevent firing of a chambered round when the trigger is pulled . . .

This recall applies to Walther PK380, .380 ACP pistols manufactured by Carl Walther GmbH from May through September 2012, which have a serial number range from PK101201 to PK112155.


Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol until we have an opportunity to inspect it to make certain that there is no condition which will allow the pistol to discharge with the safety engaged.

To facilitate the inspection and repair, if necessary, of your pistol, please contact Waltheramerica’s customer service department at 1-800-713-0356 to receive instructions and a call tag for the return of your pistol to Waltheramerica.

Additional information will be posted on  If you have any questions about this recall, please contact Waltheramerica at 1-800-713-0356.

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  1. Any company, no matter their past reputation, can produce a screw up. How they deal with the screw up seperates the wheat from the chaff.

  2. Any good shooter should know that a mechanical safety can fail and they should not trust it to stop a gun from going off.

  3. Notice that Walther didn’t say it would fire by itself. Therefore, it’s still as safe as a striker fired pistol with no manual or grip safety.

  4. Walther has made many nice guns. This isn’t one of them.

    My wife has this thing and loves how it shoots, but the design and build quality have already caused us several problems with only a limited amount of light use.

    Too bad, because she shoots it really well.

  5. Even those who carry 1911s “cocked and locked” don’t press the trigger with the safety engaged as if it’s not capable of firing…

  6. I dont care for safeties. They are really only a sales pitch, I mean who wouldn’t want to buy a “safe” gun.

    If I owned this pistol I would not send it in because I would have never actually used the safety.

    I would rather rack a round than disengage the safety.

    Obey the rules and nothing will happen.

  7. This may be a scam. Don’t send your gun to these folks. I did. It clearly did not have a “Z” stamped inside the slide where they said it should be, indicating the gun had already been repaired. Now they want the $70 before sending the gun back. I’ve already called the ATF and other Feds. I’ve had many products from this company but I’m never buying another.

  8. I just got a call saying my gun also had the x mark on it which I could not see at all myself. plus the site I went on to did not state anything about the x mark just send the gun in to be repaired. now I had to pay $70 to get the gun back maybe a scam I sure hope they get caught……

  9. My Walther pk380 will fire on safey. I just bought it January 2015. Took it back to store owner checked it out said it was fine. Now I realize it was fire when s for safety shows or when f for fire shows.

  10. We have a PK380 and during dismantlement we lost one of the bb’s on one of the safety levers. Where would we be able to obtain one?

  11. I have a PK380. I put the safety on, Installed a loaded mag, racked in a round and pulled the trigger with the safety on to see if it would fire a round. It didn’t. The hammer dropped, but stopped slightly away from the firing pin. I tested this because, if my wife’s thumb slipped manually lowering the hammer, I wanted to see if it would fire. It didn’t.


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