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No guns are more in demand these days than pistols for concealed carry. Check out our most popular posts and you’ll see reviews of single stack striker-fired guns prominently represented. The latest entry for your consideration: Walther’s PPS M2. It’s out now in 9mm (their site mentions .40 S&W, too) with a 3.2″ barrel, a slim 1″ carry-friendly width and 6+1 (flush) or 7+1 (extended) capacity. If it follows form with most of their pistols, you can expect a worthy trigger, too. We’ll have one this week so expect a review in short order. Here’s Walther’s press release . . .

(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

Walther is the premier provider of personal protection and recreational firearms of various calibers ranging from .22 to .45. With a vast devotion for continued innovation and customer focus in a fast growing industry, Walther Arms engineers products that are Built for Life.

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  1. Bought a PPS (Classic) 9mm when I moved out of California where it wasn’t legal. Pretty excited about its size, particularly with the short magazine. It wasn’t reliable. Sold it. Never again.

    • Really? Not reliable? Maybe I’ve missed some reports, but you’re actually the very first I’ve ever heard to say that. Guns & Ammo picked like 10 compact 9mms and ran them past 1,000 rounds, and only the PPS, G43, and some Taurus were able to reach the end of their test with no failures. Anecdotally, everyone I’ve known to shoot it praises this quality over its slim profile and accuracy.

    • IMHO they are 2 very different guns and I don’t think Walther is looking to “replace” the CCP with the PPS M2.
      CCP has the delayed blowback system (making the slide move easily) and a thumb safety. Both of those features appeal to people for personal reasons.

      I kinda wish the new PPS m2 did have a safety (as my wife is wanting a carry gun with a safety).
      She may get the CCP for THAT reason (and the easy rack slide)

      I however just may be getting this new PPS!

  2. Interesting. That would explain the sudden $100 drop in prices a few months ago. Clearing out inventory for the M2. Also interesting, but not surprising, they dropped the euro-style paddle mag release. It took awhile for me to warm up to it, but now it’s second nature.

    Never had an issue with mine, and I dig the little pin that lets me know if the trigger is moving. Makes holstering more comfortable.

    • There is not much that is the same between the original and the pps m2 aside from the name and the sights. The grip was completely redesigned from the ground up and the slide is more simplified. Fantastic trigger just like the original though.

  3. I looooove my PPQ M2, best centerfire pistol… or rimfire I suppose… that I’ve shot.

    Bit big to carry unless its OWB though, at least on a 150lb trim dude.

  4. I do love my PPS Classic, mine has been a great carry gun with an excellent trigger.

    This almost seems like a stripped down PPS vs the classic. I wonder if the price will reflect that too. It looks like they deleted the option to change the grip with different back straps (along with the safety built in with the backstrap) and the front accessory rail.

    I am not upset by what appears to be the loss of the grip safety which de-cocked the gun when you removed the back-strap, as I never used that feature (the thought of constantly stressing a plastic on metal connection was the weak part of the PPS classic design), but I did like being able to tailor the grip to my hand. I am also surprised that Walther removed the accessory rail on the gun, it seems like the guns in direct competition with the PPS M2 have that option (Springfield XDs, and S&W M&P Shield). The rail might be something that hardly anyone used, but it is always nice to have the option to add a light or laser.

    • Loss of the back strap safety is a plus. . . don’t think I never saw a more useless feature, although I think the fears of it failing are exaggerated. I also never understood why a gun designed for concealed carry would need an accessory rail – to me, it was just another useless feature, but I suppose options are always nice. I do like the paddle safety though and mine PPS in .40 has been reliable and accurate; it’s one of my favorites in its intended role.

  5. The downside for most of us lefties is the move away from the paddle release. Which may have been needed to achieve the undercut trigger guard. So I get that, and the fact that they are adjusting to the market, 10:1 sales of M2 PPQs versus PPQ Classics in the U.S. However, it seems that they have completely abandoned ambidextrous controls. On the PPQ M2 why bother with a slide stop that is ambi, and then only offer a reversible magazine release?

    If you look closely at the PPS M2 details it doesn’t even mention ambidextrous controls at all, whereas the PPQ M2 page lists it on both the slide stop and magazine release. Hopefully just a documentation oversight, however if the button magazine release isn’t even reversible I suspect that as limited of a market we lefties are, we will make the jump away from Walther for our future purchases.

  6. They are still making the Classic, so lefties can still get an ambi version. Smoother trigger does sound interesting.

    • My experience with the PPS (now Classic) is that the trigger bit my finger horribly. About 20 rounds in my finger looked like Rudolph’s nose. Of course that isn’t saying that this new M2 version won’t do the same thing to me, however it would be nice to upgrade the Classic to the new nice looking form and better trigger, even if it means leaving the less undercut trigger guard. I’d rather see the Classic replaced with the M2 with paddle release. They are quick to point out all the improvements coming along with the M2, all improvements over the Classic.

      Hopefully we can influence the direction of the PPS.

      • THANK YOU..i have had the same issue with the trigger on the pps I called on this issue to a local gun smith, He thought I was totally crazy..i love this piece but really thinking abought selling it.. just purchased shield 9mm love it..
        would really like to hear on more feed back on this the trigger.

  7. Nice looking gun, looks a lot like a Glock 43. Same capacity, and it looks like it operates the same, too. James Bond ought to upgrade to this.

  8. ugly ass glock wanna be. i f’n HATE the glock take down method. i refuse to buy any gun that employs that method.

  9. The spokesman from walther said their were challenges in development? Stippling the grip and changing the mag release position is a challenge? I stippled my glock with a wood burner, turned out half decent and functional. I like the paddle mag release, only problem on the pps is it really limits your laser options.


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