As 2017 approaches, I find myself re-thinking my pistol options for concealed carry. It looks like the Walther PPS M2 might be my go to gun for the new year.
I’ve had a chance to spend a lot of time with one in the past few months, and the more I shoot it, the more I am convinced that it is the best compact, single-stack 9mm handgun on the market. The gun is accurate, reliable and a soft shooter.
I previously reviewed the original PPS and liked it, but not enough to replace any of my current gun choices. Ditto for my wife. In this size category, she kept her Shield and I kept my Glock 43. However, my wife dropped her Shield in favor of the PPS M2, and I am considering doing the same.
Let me explain why…
The PPS M2 is the recently updated single-stack, compact 9mm pistol from Walther. The gun is designed for concealed carry and is also suitable as a back up gun for uniformed law enforcement officers.
Obviously, there are differences between the original PPS and the M2 version. The major one that many people, including myself, are interested in is the new magazine release. The original gun had an ambidextrous lever that you would push down to release the magazine. This one has a more common push button style release.
As I noted in my original PPS review, I did not like the lever-style release. For me, it did not work. It seems that it did not work well for a lot of other people either, as Walther redesigned the gun and changed the release.
Another significant change in the design was the deletion of the accessory rail. Normally, I would say that deleting features from a gun is a negative, but for this pistol, I think it is a wash. Frankly, I don’t think I would ever use a light designed for an accessory rail on a gun this size. Something smaller like one of the Crimson Trace Lightguard lights, yes. But, not a Picatinny mount light.
Walther’s design change also brought the overall grip shape and texture in line with the company’s larger pistols like the PPX. Your opinion may be different, but I like the look of the new guns a lot.
I liked shooting the original gun, and the PPS M2 was even better than the first. Accuracy was superb and reliability was flawless. I shot more than 10 different loads through this gun during my initial testing (see the performance table below,) and have since put many more rounds through the pistol.
The gun has shown no abnormal wear or any signs of problem whatsoever. This gun simply performed as well as any pistol I’ve shot, and I could find no faults in it.
For a small gun, the sights are exceptionally easy to find and align. Recoil is mild with even +P ammunition.
|American Eagle 124 gr FMJ|
|Blazer Brass 115 gr FMJ|
|Blazer Brass 124 gr FMJ|
|Federal HST 124 gr +P|
|Hornady American Gunner 124 gr XTP +P|
|Hornady Critical Defense 115 gr FTX|
|HPR Ammunition 115 gr JHP|
|Liberty Ammunition 50 gr JHP|
|SIG SAUER Elite Performance V-Crown 124 gr JHP|
|SIG SAUER Elite Performance V-Crown 147 gr JHP|
|Speer Gold Dot 124 gr JHP|
Performance measured with a Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph at an approximate distance of 15' from the muzzle of the pistol. All measurements are an average of five shots.
In a way, I wish I had something negative to say about the gun. Fortunately for Walther, I do not. The gun simply performed better than its closest competition from Glock, Smith & Wesson, Kahr and others.
As I mentioned earlier, my wife doesn’t carry her Shield anymore as the Walther PPS M2 has won her heart on the range. I’m also considering following her down the Walther road.
I have no hesitation in recommending the PPS M2 as a defensive firearm. Brownells, a company that I have done business with for many years, has these guns in stock if you would like to purchase one for your defensive needs.
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I received this gun as a loaner from Walther for the specific intent of conducting a review of it. I first wrote a review of this gun for Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement magazine. This review is an original work, though the conclusions are the same.
No monies or other considerations were offered, promised or given by Walther for me to conduct this review or to provide a “positive” review. Walther did not ask for any links or anything else.
I do not hold any financial interest in Walther Arms or any other manufacturer in the shooting or outdoors industry.
At the conclusion of the test period, I was so impressed by the gun, I elected to purchase the pistol instead of return it.
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The Walther PPS M2 is an update to the original PPS pistol. It is a single-stack, 9mm handgun similar to the Glock 43 and Smith & Wesson Shield. It is very reliable, accurate and easy to shoot. For the money, I think it is one of the best concealed carry pistols you could choose in 2017. You can buy the Walther PPS M2 from Brownells here.