[SHOT 2016] Hands-On With Walther PPS-M2

At the 2016 SHOT Show, Walther had a sprawling booth, furnished with backlit tables displaying their extensive lineup of German-made handguns. The star of the show for Walther was the new PPS M2, a restyling/ergonomic improvement of the original single stack Walther 9mm, the PPS. In fact, the PPS M2 was supposed to be Walther’s big SHOT Show announcement, but its announcement was leaked a month early by accident through a news outlet. Even so, Walther was happy to show off their new single stack, advertising its front and rear slide serrations, smooth trigger, pushbutton magazine release, and improved ergonomics.

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I compared three of Walther’s subcompact single stack offerings side-by-side: The original PPS, the PPS M2, and the unique gas-retarded blowback CCP. In my opinion, the PPS M2 is a definite upgrade versus the PPS, with generally better handling, a better magazine release, and a much better appearance.


Due to the sprung anti-theft cables, taking this picture was a challenge. Thanks to the Walther reps who helped me with it.


Interestingly, the machined-steel PPS M2 will reportedly sell with an MSRP of $469, the same as its MIM stablemate, the CCP. Walther’s literature oddly did not have any official price for the PPS M2, listing only the original PPS at a lower MSRP.

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  • TheMaskedMan

    That MSRP is significantly lower than the original PPS. If it has the same trigger system as the PPQ, count me in.

    • Harrison Jones

      It won’t. But the original PPS shoots way better than anyone would think after handling it in the gun shop. I can shoot my dad’s PPS almost as well as my PPQ at 15 yards and the PPS’s sights aren’t as good as the Fiber Optics I have on the PPQ. The PPS is a tack driver.

  • The M2 just might replace my Shield

    • Nicks87

      Eww, don’t do it, you will regret it. The shield is waaayyy better. Better ergos , more reliable, more compact. I think Walther’s quality in recent years has taken a nose dive.

      • Twilight sparkle

        At this point walther and smith and Wesson are pretty much the same company… so I’m not sure why you think there’s a huge discrepancy in quality.

        • Some Guy

          you what?

          S&W used to import Walther guns. They’ve since stopped.

          As for Walther’s quality, the stuff not made by umarex has always and probably will always be of very high quality.

          That being said the button release makes me sad.

          • mig1nc

            Indeed, I’d say anything made by Walther proper in Ulm and not Umarex in Arnsberg is in general superior quality to S&W goods. I’ve owned an M&P Pro Series, P99, and PPQ.

        • ft

          Actually S&W and Walther broke up.
          My Walther PPS has nothing stamped on it saying S&W.It says “made in Germany” and was told by my gun smith that it was a good one to have over the S&W version.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I knew walther was eventually going to start doing everything them-self I just didn’t know they had started. I loathed the deal with smith and Wesson because I wanted a ppk and I heard nothing but bad things from smith and Wesson, I ended up getting a bersa Thunder instead…

      • David Adams

        The pps and g43 were the only single stack 9s to go 1,000 rounds without a failure in recent review. Also, the shield is the most popular single stack 9 being traded back in.

    • David Adams

      All reviews I can find have the pps m2 beating out even the performance shield.

  • Brocus

    neat that they did away with the accessory rail /s

  • I’m at SHOT right now and checked out the PPS, G43, and Shield in the space of about 15 mins. The PPS had the best ergos and trigger of the bunch. It feels wonderful in the hand, nice and thin, but not too small.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Oh, hello there lipstick..

  • Johnson184

    Anyone else prefer the original PPS over this new M2?

    • Jeremy Star

      Me. I love my .40 PPS. I’ve had it longer than any of my other handguns, and will probably never part with it. I like the Euro magazine release, and I think those new grips are butt ugly.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    I’m not a fan of carrying single stack 9mms inside the waistband since they have small round capacities. The only single stack 9mms that I like are the truly small ones that can fit in your pocket (like the SIG P938). However, if I did have to pick a single stack 9mm for IWB carry, this Walther PPS M2 would probably be my top choice. I shot all of the single stack 9mms when I was brainwashed by the gun community into going with the single stack 9mm trend, and the Walther PPS was my favorite to shoot. My only minor complaints with the PPS were the somewhat blocky grips and the magazine release, which they’ve now fixed.

  • ft

    I have my PPS fine tuned so I can hit what I want almost every time. It was extremely accurate right out of the box and its only better with an improved trigger. I live in Ma. where the stupid AG has apparently determined that about a 200 LB trigger pull is the safe thing to do with guns in Ma. Added a CT Laser to aid my old eyes and better front sight, and I can be on target very quickly and make head shots at 45 feet with no problem with or without the laser although the laser is a bit quicker for me. I’ll stick with the one I have cause it works super for me. Walther makes a very good and reliable product.