The Walther PPS M2 9mm Gets Some New Siblings—SHOT Show 2017

The Walter PPS M2 line has been expanded to include two new models, including the Crimson Trace Laserguard-equipped model shown here.

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I was able to get a close look at some new additions to the Walther family introduced at SHOT Show this year. I should disclose up front that I have been regularly carrying the Walther PPS M2, which I purchased almost a year ago. Prior to that, I carried a PPS Classic in 9mm that I purchased about five years ago.

I discovered that the popular PPS M2 pistol has some new family members for the line. Amongst these pistols was one completely new member of the family, and another that I had heard about but not been introduced to. The newest member of the family is a PPS M2 with a Crimson Trace LASERGUARD® red laser attached from the factory. The Laserguard mounts to the trigger guard with a clam shell snap fit and a few small screws. The laser has a demure, almost miniature, recessed on/off switch on the underside of what is now the trigger guard. While turned on, the laser can be activated by simply taking a normal firing grip, which depresses the activation switch on the front side of the pistol grip.

The laser is fully adjustable via two tiny hidden screws: one on the bottom of the Laserguard, and the other on its side. By factory default, it is sighted in for 50 feet. The dot is about ½” in diameter at 50 feet. The single lithium battery will last for 4 hours of continuous use. If you register your laser with Walther, Crimson Trace will provide you with free batteries for life! (“This program allows (1) set of batteries per calendar year per product registered.”)

The new Walter PPS M2 LE comes with phosphoric three-dot sights.

Glowing Reports

The next gun that came out of the box was the PPS M2 LE. The new PPS M2 comes chambered in 9mm. The PPS M2 9mm LE Edition comes equipped with phosphoric sights and three magazines (whereas the standard PPS M2 and the PPS M2 with Laserguard come with two—a 6-rounder and a 7-rounder).

The LE variant also comes with three magazines rather than the two standard with a PPS M2 in eight-, seven- and six-round capacities.

Side note on night sight tech: Phosphorescence is an effect by which chemicals re-emit light that they absorb. Phosphoric sights can be recharged by being exposed to light. They store light for several minutes, or even hours. The one drawback is that you cannot be completely sure how bright a phosphoric sight will be, or how long it will emit light before its next recharge. These are not tritium sights, which glow using gaseous tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, to create visible light. Tritium emits electrons through beta decay, and fluorescent light is created when they interact with a phosphor material. Tritium sights glow without having to be recharged by a light source. The most notable downside to Tritium sights is that they grow weaker every day as the decay happens. They will become dim over a period of years and need to be replaced. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages.

The three magazines are 6-round, 7-round and 8-round. Interestingly, something as seemingly simple as a different magazine completely changes the character of the gun. The 6-round is almost flush, and allows the gun to feel like a subcompact that you can put in a pocket holster. Insert the 8-round magazine, and as if by magic, it feels like a competition gun made for range work. The 7-round magazine is a good balance between these bookends.

Family Tree

Walther introduced the PPS in 2007. The PPS Classic, really represented the first introduction of a single-stack compact 9mm. pistol to the marketplace. It featured a short-recoil locking breach, and used a modified Browning cam lock system, much like that of the Hi Power. The PPS Classic was designed for concealed carry civilians and plainclothes law enforcement personnel, and had some features that were very European and not well received, but will also draw fans to the comment section to defend them to the hilt. The most prominent of these features was the paddle magazine release. The overall styling was a bit boxy and could have used a makeover, and the trigger, while not a huge issue, was improved in the M2 line as well. Also, the M2 was given a more traditional magazine release button.

Something for Everyone

Walther has kept the PPS Classic in both 9mm and .40 S&W, while choosing to offer the PPS M2 in only 9mm. The choice of only offering a 9mm reflects a very real market trend that is not exclusive to Walther. The offering of five models in the PPS line means that everyone can find something to like, and Walther has partnered with numerous aftermarket partners to offer holsters, sights, triggers and lasers for a wide variety of tinkering and customization.

Bottom Line

You can call me a Walther fan boy if you want, but I am truly impressed with what they have done over the last few years. The PPS has gone from a single gun to a family of pistols that offers something for everyone. This has been done without offering meaningless options like the rainbow of gun paint, or the choice of a useless external safety. The Laserguard could be the ticket for you, but if it’s not there are other options that you can embrace. No matter your choice, you can find accessories from day one, and this matters if you are going to carry and train with your gun.

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Building on the strengths of the popular PPS M2, the new additions to the line give CCW enthusiasts even more options.

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  • German February 1, 2017, 5:18 pm

    I purchased the pps m2 last December as ccw so far 300 rounds (mix of alum steel brass and even a box from HP hst) and not a issue… Super accurate,supreme ergonomics, slim and good looking too.
    One of the best in this category…

  • PlanePick January 25, 2017, 7:25 pm

    Reportedly the. 40 M2 is tied up, but thousands in a warehouse. C’mon Walther – release the .40! They’ll sell out quickly.! I have a standing order with my local gun store for 2. FDE or OD would be sweet!

  • Omar January 23, 2017, 8:44 pm

    For a year they had a 40 cal version of the PPS M2 on their website. Never manufactured/sold it, I’m disappointed. I’ve also notice that 40 cals are becoming more scarce among the newer models from other gun makers. Good ole S&W they still make the Shield in 40 and may not have any single stack competition in that caliber shortly.

  • Fernando urrutia January 19, 2017, 10:15 am

    I own a PPS original, amazing gun and always draw attention at the gun range… People always are surprised for how loud it’s for such small gun, and they get even more surprised when the see how accurate it is… For CCW it’s an excellent chose!

  • Dave A January 18, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Nice additions to the Walther family …. I’m also a big fan …. CCW with the PPQ …. best trigger and CCW pistol, very accurate/repeatable double tap …. especially with custom 4.5 threaded barrel w or w/o supressor

  • Rickey January 18, 2017, 12:02 pm

    While I love the PPS for carry, I noted with some surprise that among the new Pistols they introduced, none is the 9MM Creed. 4″ barrel, two 16 round double stacked mags, balance to almost perfection, simple breakdown, and very little kick, and accuracy is outstanding right out of the box with only the removal of excess oil for packing necessary. I fired every combination of brands I had, including a mix up of some steel, and it worked flawlessly. The main reason for my surprise that it’s not shown in the new weapons is the price below $400. I ordered this for someone who had to move, so rather than pay for restock and shipping, I kept it, and I love to shoot this Pistol. It’s a bit large for concealed carry, unless you’re much bigger in frame than I am, but I travel with this, and practice with it a lot. It will fire +P for defense, but it’s a wonderful introduction to the Walther family at an affordable price, and in truth, one of my absolute favorites to shoot. Well done on all new Guns Walther..

  • Robert W Roth January 18, 2017, 8:54 am

    I have the original PPS in 9mm and love it. Geat accuracy, excellent trigger pull, good concealability. I even prefer the European style mag release! Keep up the fine reviews.
    Bob Roth

  • Michael Lindley January 18, 2017, 7:58 am

    I love the feel and look at this pistol. The size is perfect. However, I’ve been waiting for over a year for them to introduce this in .40 Smith & Wesson. I’ve emailed the factory three times and each time they responded that they are having a difficult time enough keep it up with the demand of 9 mm and although they plan to release the 40 caliber at some point, they do not have a specific time frame. Until then, I’m going to wait.

  • Jim Donovan January 18, 2017, 7:16 am

    “Fanboy” fits.
    Adding a magazine or adding a Crimson Trace laser and you call it new?
    Wow, thats innovative!

  • Hulon January 18, 2017, 5:26 am

    I still carry my old Walther PPK. It’s never failed me. I don’t know why they don’t still make them.

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