Walther PPS M2 Review

As 2017 approaches, I find myself re-thinking my pistol options for concealed carry. While working on this Walther PPS M2 review, I found myself considering that it 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.

TL;DR

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.

– improved ergonomics over the original
– zero problems after inital testing and 5 years of follow up
– easy shooter, good trigger and flat profile
– available through our affiliate links at Guns and Palmetto State Armory

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.

Walther PPS M2 review

Let me explain why in this Walther PPS M2 review…

General Information

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.

Walther PPS M2

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.

no accessory rail

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.

PPS M2 Specifications

Here are the Walther PPS M2 specifications:

Caliber9mm
Magazine Capacity6 rounds (7 & 8 rd available)
Barrel Length3.2″
Overall Length6.3″
Width1.0″
Weight (unloaded)19.4 oz
Actionstriker-fired
Frame Materialblack polymer
MSRP$499

PPS M2 LE

A factory variation on the PPS M2 is the LE edition. As the LE initials suggest, this is a version of the gun offered to law enforcement officers and government egencies. (Special note: You can pick up this edition through my affiliate link to Guns.com and Palmetto State Armory.)

Functionally, there is no difference. However, this gun ships with three magazines instead of two. Further, the LE gun is equipped with 3-dot phosphoric sights.

Phosphoric sights are not the same as tritium which glow due to the decay of a radioactive element. Instead, phosphoric sights absorb ambient light in bright conditions and glow in the dark.

Since the guns are otherwise identical, there is no need for a separate Walther PPS M2 LE review.

Range Time

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.

accuracy

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.

Ammunition Performance

Here is a close look at how the different ammo performed in the PPS M2. All measurements were made by me.

VelocityEnergy
American Eagle 124 gr FMJ1,010 fps281 ft-lbs
Blazer Brass 115 gr FMJ1,053 fps283 ft-lbs
Blazer Brass 124 gr FMJ1,052 fps305 ft-lbs
Federal HST 124 gr +P1,087 fps325 ft-lbs
Hornady American Gunner 124 gr XTP +P1,047 fps302 ft-lbs
Hornady Critical Defense 115 gr FTX1,058 fps286 ft-lbs
HPR Ammunition 115 gr JHP1,044 fps278 ft-lbs
Liberty Ammunition 50 gr JHP1,805 fps362 ft-lbs
SIG SAUER Elite Performance V-Crown 124 gr JHP1,009 fps280 ft-lbs
SIG SAUER Elite Performance V-Crown 147 gr JHP901 fps265 ft-lbs
Speer Gold Dot 124 gr JHP1,039 fps297 ft-lbs
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.
ammunition performance in Walther PPS M2

Problems: Walther PPS M2 Recall

More than a year after I originally wrote this review, my PPS M2 was still running strong. I had not run into any PPS M2 problems. That’s when I found out Walther announced a recall on these pistols.

According to Walther, there was a possibility the guns could fire “under certain conditions” if they were dropped. So, the company issued a voluntary recall of all M2 pistols that could have the problem.

Walther PPS M2 left side

I initiated a return online and promptly receivced a return shipping label. From the time I dropped the gun off with FedEx until I had it back in my hands was less than two weeks. That’s exceptionally fast service.

Prior to carrying the pistol, I got it back out on the range for an extended session. It continued to run 100% reliably. My PPS M2 simply doesn’t hand any problems.

Other companies such as Taurus and SIG SAUER have come under scrutiny regarding questions about the safety of their pistols when it comes to accidental discharges if dropped. I don’t know if there are any actual problems with the pistols, but I do know that both companies seemed (to me) to avoid addressing the issue head-on.

Kudos to Walther for finding the problem and handling it with a minimum of fuss.

Final Thoughts

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.

PPS M2 trigger

Since I originally wrote this review in 2016, more than 5 years have passed. In that time, I’ve had the chance to shoot this gun a lot more. I’m happy to say it continues to run without a hitch.

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.

Last Update: August 23, 2021

Disclosure

All reviewers should provide a detailed accounting of potential biases and influences to you. Unfortunately, few do.

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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16 replies on “Walther PPS M2 Review”

Waiting to compare this to the new Sig P365 and will probably buy one of them as my CC. I sold my Shield as I did not enjoy shooting it. I now have a FN9C. Not sure if I’m gonna CC it or not.

I’m carrying a PPS M2 for CCW, and it’s a great pistol, but I’m looking forward to the release of the P365. It looks to be a little smaller in size, with 10+1 capacity, by the use of a proprietary flared magazine on the Sig. Extra bullets are an advantage in any gunfight.

I’ve never owned a Walther until now, and I am so much more pleased with the PPS M2 than I thought I’d be! Its everything you, and many others, said it would be! I was stubbornly carrying a Springfield XDs .45 acp, and finally came to the reluctant realization (through alot of research and debate) that 9mm is the best carry caliber (not to mention I had a few issues with the XDs, but I’m not here to trash Springfield as they make quality firearms). In the vast ocean of 9mm carry options, I almost had the Glock 26 in my hands when the PPS M2 jumped out at me (led by its price tag). I was a little sceptical at first because of the low price, but thanks to all of you guys that have helped me with these reviews, I took a gamble. I’m super happy I did! I love my PPS M2, and I highly recommend it as a first choice to anyone looking for the perfect CCW!

Hi Chad,

Welcome to the cult…er…club! I wasn’t really intrigued by Walther for many years either. I never liked the PPK and some of the guns that they put out in collaboration with Smith & Wesson were less than ideal. But, I really like the newer products and find myself owning several now.

Thanks for reading and sharing your experience with the PPS M2.

-Richard

Been going between S&W Shield and glock 43 until I picked up pps m2 after putting 300 rounds thought it I have made it my cow of choice

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