[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.

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]