LEAKED: Walther’s New PPS M2 9mm Subcompact Pistol

A Walther press release was leaked last night a new model of subcompact handgun, designated PPS M2. The gun is a restyling of the single-stack 9mm Walther PPS subcompact, with new ergonomics inspired by the successful Walther PPQ line of service handguns. The images, and accompanying press release, are replicated below:

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(FORT SMITH, Ark.) – New to the Walther line of personal protection pistols is the PPS M2, an innovative new 9mm pistol that sets the bar for ergonomics and comfort for concealed carry. The new PPS M2 is engineered for the concealed carry shooter looking for a slim 9mm that provides superior concealability while maintaining comfort and accuracy. The new PPS M2 is built to carry, measuring in at 1 inch wide, low profile and smooth features. This coupled with a new push button style magazine release for easy operation, highlights some of the changes from the Classic PPS to the new M2.

The new PPS M2 is equipped with a smooth, light 6.1 lb trigger pull, which improves control and accuracy. The PPS M2 can be the perfect fit for every shooter with Carl Walther signature ergonomics, that have become a staple in 21st Century Walther Arms. The PPS M2 is also available in an LE edition with phosphoric sights.

Adam Blalock, Walther Arms CEO stated, “I have been really excited about the PPS M2 since the beginning of its development. The PPS Classic has been my everyday carry gun for years. It’s a great gun and the idea of improving on the original was challenging … but our team has done it. The engineering enhancements and modifications that create the new M2 truly elevate this pistol into a class of its own.”

Adding the PPS M2 to the Walther handgun line is a prime example of Walther’s dedication to continued innovation and customer focus in the fast growing personal protection industry. The PPS M2 will be available in retail stores in early 2016. It will also be available to test at Industry Day at the Range at SHOT Show and viewing on the showroom floor during the show in Las Vegas, NV January 18th – 22nd. For more information on the PPS M2, visit www.waltherarms.com/builttocarry.

It looks like this announcement was not slated to be released yet, as the source pulled its article regarding the gun sometime last night. The gun features a styling with more soft angles and curves than its predecessor, but features the same ability to use a magazine with grip extender for more comfortable shooting.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Dale

    But will the magazines be interchangeable with the original PPS?

    Let’s not make that mistake again Walther…

    • AznMike

      Doubt it, original PPS is a paddle release and this is button release.

    • Evan

      Almost certainly not, much like PPQ mags. How the magazine release work, is there’s a physical notch cut in the magazine for the spring-loaded release to fit into and hold. The “HK-style”(even though Walther did it first) paddle release and a button release simply do not line up, even on a smaller pistol like this.

  • willy

    Wlock 43

  • I wonder if the new James bond will switch to a pps

    • TDog

      I’ve always wondered why Walther doesn’t make a PPK in 9mm.

      Anyone out there with more engineering knowledge than I possess: why hasn’t that happened yet?

      • Some Guy

        straight blowback 9×19 guns tend to look like hi-points for a reason.

        • TDog

          Please… anything but that!

      • Bersa did make the thunder in 9mm but it didnt really have the same shape as the .380bersa thunder and the walther ppk. I do realize the bersa thunder and ppk arent really that similar mechanically though.

      • BearSlayer338

        Maybe cause it would look a lot like a H&K VP70 and Walther doesn’t want to get sued. In actuality there was a gun that was basically a 9mm PPK,it is called a Detonics Pocket 9,I had wanted one for years because it looked like a 9mm PPK,the trouble is the slide is very wide for a single stack weapon and the double action trigger pull is horrendous,probably the heaviest double action trigger made,it was much worse than any Nagant Revolver trigger(a lot of people think that had the heaviest),It actually hurt my finger to pull the trigger in DA more than six times,needless to say I regret that purchase.

        They probably don’t make 9mm PPK’s because they wouldn’t be able to keep it as small as their competitions and because the DA pull would be terrible and the slide would be hard to rack(very heavy spring),which makes cleaning a pain in the @ss with a Blowback pistol. I had a lot of trouble when I took the slide off my Detonics Pocket 9,I didn’t think I would be able to get it back on,I contemplated hiring a gunsmith just to put the slide back on,but I did eventually get it back on.

        After that ordeal I made a promise to myself to never buy any Blowback operated pistol in anything larger than 9mm Makarov(9×18) or .380 acp.

      • Tom

        To go into more details, the PPK is a blowback design ie. it has an unlocked breech in order to “delay” the action opening it relies on the resistance of the mainspring and weight of the slide. Its perfectly possible to make blowback 9mm Luger but the mainspring would need to be very stiff indeed and the slide very heavy (or some combination of the two like a highpoint). By the time you get there you have a design which is big enougth to feature a locked breech so why bother.

        A 9mm Luger version of the Walther PP was made but never really took off as it reportedly recoil was very stout and the thing was the size of a locked breech design.

        So you could do it but really would not want to.

      • Evan

        The fixed barrel, straight blowback design can’t handle that hot of round. It’ll batter the gun to pieces. That’s why the Russians created 9×17 Makarov, when they switched away from the TT33 and 7.62 Tokarev.

        Sort of related, Walther hasn’t, or hadn’t, produced the PP series themselves for decades. After WWII, the Allies forbade gun production in Germany. So they licensed Manhurin in France, who made them until 1986. Then Interarms, in the US, until the founder died and his daughter sold off the company.Then manufacturing passed to S&W in 2002, (Walther’s US distributer as well), until 2014, whereas Walther Arms is building a line at their Ft. Smith factory.

      • iksnilol

        Straight blowback + 9×19 = heavy slide/bolt AKA you end up with something big and bulky like a Hi-Point.

        • TDog

          Damn you, physics! Damn you, I say!!!! 😉

          • iksnilol

            I think I said that word for word every time I got hit bad by gravity.


    • Kelly Jackson

      Doubt it, He carried the Walther version of the SW99 in Casino Royale and was back to the PPK by Quantum Of Solace.

      People don’t like when Bond gets away from the classics.

      • the SW99 was a service full sized handgun though so it was kind of weird when Bond is supposed to be a spy. I do agree that the ppq is part of the 007 aesthetic though.

        • Anonymoose

          The P99 is somewhere between a Glock 17 and a 19. Pierce Brosnan’s Bond didn’t wear tuxedos as much as Sean Connery’s or Roger Moore’s, and with the right holster it’s not hard to effectively conceal a full-size handgun under a normal business suit.

    • Tom

      Opps replied to the wrong comment.

  • Mike N.

    My PPS has been a good gun, to me it was a G43 before Glock decided to make the G43. I really like the paddle style mag-release. Too bad they’re going to the “American style” mag releases on all their guns.

  • Anonymoose

    Does this mean they’re giving up on the CCP?

    • Nashvone

      I wish they would have before I bought one.

      • imachinegunstuff

        Same here

      • BearSlayer338

        Not reliable?

        • Nashvone

          It wasn’t. FTF, FTE and the real confidence builder of the magazines falling out during shooting. I sent it back and they swapped out every spring in the thing. I’m still not confident enough to carry it everyday, which is why I bought it to begin with.

    • Kefefs

      I don’t think Walther themselves ever cared about the CCP. It’s an Umarex designed and manufactured pistol just sold under the Walther banner for name recognition. Walther already had the PPS long before the CCP, and it was better in every way. Not sure what Umarex was thinking.

      • Squirreltakular

        Wait. Umarex, like, the pellet gun manufacturer?

        • Kefefs

          Yeah. They bought Walther years ago, but thankfully haven’t messed with their production at all. All they’ve done is release crap like the P22 and CCP under the “Walther” name.

          You can tell who makes what from the proof marks. Real Walther products are proofed in Ulm and have the antlers mark, Umarex products are proofed in Koln and have three crowns.

          • Evan

            Right, Kefefs. Walther’s moonshot that broke the bank was the P88, their entry to the XM9 trials. As you probably know, they lost. They limped along, but the P88, while an outstanding gun, was very expensive especially compared to other similar models on the market. They were taken over by Umarex in 1993, and thankfully they’ve left Walther essentially alone; and even improved some things, such as creating Walther Arms (their US division) and breaking from S&W.

  • john huscio

    Goddamnit, I just bought a PPS…….

  • imachinegunstuff

    The PPS is so under appreciated it beat the Shield, whatever Springfield calls their Croatian single stack, and Glock to the market. It’s a shame they ditched the paddle release

    • Walther never gets any love. They revolutionized pistol ergonomics with the P99, which was (pretty sure) the first pistol to have adjustable backstraps, as well as a very innovative DA/SA striker design.

      Meanwhile the PPQ was the first SAO striker pistol, and still has the best non-1911 trigger on the market. Promptly overshadowed by the VP9.

  • Lance

    Glock 42 rip off…. YAWN

    • De Facto

      Considering how late Glock perfection was to the single stack subcompact 9mm party, I don’t think we can call it a Glock rip off.

    • DW

      Let’s see… wrong caliber, wrong trigger, earlier on the market, etc… yeah, totally a Lance post.

    • Kefefs

      The PPS was out waaay before the G42 or G43.

      • Twilight sparkle

        I wouldn’t say way before, there was a gen 3 glock 42 around for a long time, it just wasn’t easily accessible to the general public

        • Evan

          It wasn’t accessible to the general public *at all*. Glock wouldn’t even talk to you about it if you weren’t LEO.

          • Twilight sparkle

            A few leaked into the general public from law enforcement, and I’m pretty sure that was an ATF decision, not glock.

          • Evan

            I meant more if you asked a Glock rep, or went on the Glock site, you couldn’t even get info on it if you weren’t a LEO/on the LEO site. At the time, they didn’t meet importation guidelines (922r, GCA68), so they simply sold only to Gov/LEO/Mil. Now, they’re made here, avoiding all the importation issues.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I was able to find info on them back then without being Leo? I think they just didn’t include that much info on any of their pistols back then. I remember it was the only glock I ever wanted… now it’s the only glock I have. I may make an exception for a 19 though.

  • Psylant

    I was enjoying this article until I got distracted by the “TOP 5 ASS GUNS” on the right. Formatting!!

    • Don Ward

      With Alex getting all dat ass right below.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      I clicked the link, but didn’t get the ‘Firearms smuggled into Prison’ video I was expecting.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Nice. I own a Walther PPQ M2, I love it, shoots great, and feels great in my hand. I’ve been on the fence about getting a CCP, if I decide to do it, this will definitely be the gun I buy to carry on me.

    • Nashvone

      I love my PPQ. My CCP? Not so much.

      • Smokey_the_Bear

        When I typed CCP, I was literally talking about a Concealed Carry Permit, not the Walther CCP. lol

        That said, I’m curious, why don’t you like the Walther CCP? It looks VERY similar to this gun.

        • Matt L.

          Don’t want to sound like a snob, but the reason I doubt you’ll like the CCP is because it’s… gross.

          The CCP is light, thin, has a great grip and a well-designed safety; the slide is also exceptionally easy to rack. But every moving part is gritty and plasticky and unrefined. The trigger, especially. It’s not a heavy pull but it is, again, gross. Field-stripping is a real PITA, too. This is a gun for people who *aren’t* “gun people”, who will carry the pistol lots and shoot it relatively little.

          If you’re the kind of guy who’s reading and commenting on the firearm blog dot com, you’re too far gone already. The PPS (which is pretty dang awesome all around) will probably be more your speed.

          • W.P Zeller

            There’s more needing to be said about the CCP Walther, too: it isn’t a very good gun.
            The very large dealer we instruct at tells us to avoid mentioning the gun in our classes because they’d rather not sell them- a high proportion had to go back for work.
            That, added to the general crumminess cited above, caused the countermen to steer buyers away.
            The PPQ, on the other hand, is a good-quality gun. Our website guy, a left-hander at that, easily made USPSA “A” class in Production Division with his, and will hit “Master” soon.
            Must be good to shoot.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          The CCP is literally trash. Worst gun Walther has ever put out. Questionable reliability, gritty trigger, feels cheap like a hipoint… I sold one of my PPQs and will sell the other because it’s clear Walther Germany has no interest in really becoming a major player. Their marketing was entirely about how easy it is to rack – you know, “for women!” :/

          It’s that bad.

          The PPS was also not for me, bad trigger compared to shield, snappy even for the size, and it’s a finger pincher on mag changes (maybe because of the grip shapes, I don’t know).

          This gun while LOOKS like a PPQ, is just a dolled up PPS, and you can only fool me once – the truth is, while an OK gun there are better options that will receive infinitely more 1st and 3rd party support.

          • iksnilol

            Not following your logic: You’ve got several PPQs that you like, but you’ll sell them because the CCP is crap?

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Sort of.

            Walther as a company is CLEARLY not serious about support for their own gun. Parts, specs/drawings to aftermarket, or even fixing the issues. Instead of being a serious company with a good product…

            They come out with the CCP and at SHOT don’t acknowledge the PPQ at all, instead focus on how the CCP is easy for women to rack – but it’s a trash gun. It’s a joke. Frankly the PPQ is 90% P99 and whoever made that at Walther seems to be long gone. You can see it that that new P99 clone that’s out is getting such good reviews buts it’s a 1:1 copy. Walther present can’t compete with Walther past.

            So… Yea, seeing that and now that they have a PPS which was good before the shield and definitely has much stronger competition with the 43 – just restyled to LOOK like a PPQ…. Nope.

            I’m sort of unfortunately done with Walther. They just don’t even aspire to be anything but a boutique mfg. so I went back to glock for now and whoever wins the MHS I’ll have as my non-glock.

          • iksnilol

            Aah, I see your point now. Makes sense.

            Hmm, for non-Glock goodness have you looked at CZ? They’ve actually gotten into the whole plastic fantastic game as well.

          • Kronos007

            You should differentiate between the Walther pistols made by Umarex in Arnsberg (P22, PK380, CCP) and the Walther pistols made by Walther in Ulm (P99, PPQ, PPS).

            Walther pistols from Ulm are still superb firearms!

          • Beestingza

            That’s a fascinating take on Walther and the CCP. It does almost seem like a desperate move by a company to regain market share with a gimmicky focus-group targeted demographic item. I feel for them though. Consumers don’t seem to be getting that much smarter either.

            I am of the mind that a lot of companies with engineering talent pools are finding it difficult to compete because as the old masters of the 20th century are retiring, and the young(er) guys just don’t have the chops they did, and it shows in the new products. I’ve seen this pattern across many different manufacturing and design industries.

          • maodeedee

            Since we’re trashing the gun, let me get in on this. Why in the world would they put forward slide serrations on such a small pistol?
            That’s encouraging people to put their hands in front of a LOADED GUN!!!!!

          • RichiRamjag

            PPS isn’t snappy at all imo. One of the smoothest shots in regards to recoil that I’ve seen on a gun of this size. Trigger pull is excellent as well. I am a ruger guy, but damn if the PPS isn’t the best (compact)gun that I’ve shot.

        • Nashvone

          While it looks VERY similar, operationally it isn’t. I had a lot of problems with it and sent it back. Walther changed every spring in it and I haven’t had a problem with it since then. That being said, I still haven’t developed confidence in it as a concealed carry pistol, which is what I would want to have if I ever need it.

  • f.t.

    I have a PPS 9mm with a CT Green Laser and it is so accurate its not funny. It was accurate right out of the box but after reducing the trigger pull from the Ma. Compliant Trigger that feels like about a 100 lbs and a good front sight I can see better than the white dot, its dead on. I can put more hits exactly where I want them much quicker, with or without the laser. I can see the CT green laser even in bright sun light.
    My wife has a S&W M&P Shield 9mm with a CT red laser. Its not quite as good as the PPS but its close, and maybe a little lighter. Both are good smaller pistols that can be concealed fairly easily, unless you in a bathing suit. Finding the right holster to accomadate a laser is another story but they’re out there if you look hard.

  • Daddy

    Damnit!!! Stop moving away from the paddled mag release… Would have loved this, but I won’t buy now.

  • IXLR8

    Take my money now.
    I have current PPS for carry and love it. A PPQ for plinking and love it even more. They just feel more substantial than the competition.

  • What a huge improvement in the looks department. The PPS was a very fine pistol, but one of the most hideous looking pistols I’ve come across. Which was especially weird coming from Walther, who are otherwise very elegant in their lines.

  • Kelly Jackson

    The PPX looks like a plastic Hi Point, there I said it.

    • Evan

      It does in pictures, but once you see it in person, it looks a lot better. Not an attractive gun but I was really surprised when I held one in the store. The trigger is surprisingly good. Machining, fit and finish were all high quality. Not as good as a PPQ trigger, but very nice, especially before you consider the price point. I got one and took it to my indoor range and hit the bullseye first shot 15 yards out.

  • LV-426

    Well it would have been cool if they “leaked” how how much it weighed and what the magazine capacity is going to be. Also if the older pps mags are compatible. Or did I miss it?

  • Same old song

    it will be ambidextrous? as a lefty, the subcompact market is pretty sad.

  • M.Mitchell Marmel

    Glock called. They want their 43 back.

    • Elgreco

      The pps came out in 07. So no, you are 100% incorrect.

      • M.Mitchell Marmel

        And the Glock 17 came out in ’82. Your point?

    • RichiRamjag

      original PPS been out for ages mate. Nothing new

  • JD

    A Walther Glock.

    • Elgreco

      Too bad the PPS came out 9 years ago. Try again.

  • maodeedee

    If It’s the same size as a Glock 42 I want one. If it’s the same size as the Glock 43 I don’t. And I don’t want a Glock 43 either. I want one the size and weight of a Kel-tec pf9 but with an extractor that works all the time and with every kind of ammo.. I want the smallest 9mm possible and I don’t care if it has a little more recoil than a 380 in the same size gun.

  • Core

    I like the older model better. The button mag release is harder to engage than the older ambidextrous levers. I also like the mini rail on the older model and it’s thinner than the new model. This looks like the new compact Sig p320x, a great gun but I like the original models, they look more like a traditional Walther.

  • Sean

    How many different subcompacts does Walther need?

  • Brian Mumford

    Although it’s very subtle, it looks like the redesigned the tang ever so slightly. I sold my PPS because if I shot 100-150 rounds through it my hand hurt because of the shape of the tang. I literally couldn’t shoot it two weeks later (although I shot all my other guns just fine). I hope it maintains the striker status indicator which is what sets this gun apart from the rest. It’s like having a hammer you can keep your thumb on just in case something gets caught in the trigger guard while holstering it.

  • rob zhang

    My favorite polymer gun in my PPQ M2 9mm and my favorite revolver is my S&W 500

  • Michael F Higgins

    not an improvement