Walther PPS M2 Review
A Shot In The Dark
If you’ve been following the page since I first got the Walther PPS M2, you know I bought it without having ever touched one. The idea behind doing this was to try and improve my reviews for all of you by comparing what I took from other reviews, what I thought was missed, and filling in information that I believe needs to be focused on.
As I’m writing this review, I’m going back to all the reviews/videos I watched on this pocket rocket and comparing it to my own thoughts on the handgun.
The Walther PPS M2 comes from the factory in a hard plastic case with a 6rd magazine, a 7rd magazine, your cleaning utensils, your regular paperwork, obligatory gun lock, and the gun itself. Depending on which model you go with, you get factory night sights as well. I opted to save about $60 and went with the standard PPS M2 package.
Frame Material: Polymer
Flush Capacity: 6
Overall Length: 6.3 inches
Barrel Length: 3.2 inches
Width: 1 inches
Height: 4.4 inches
Weight: 19.4 ounces
Unfortunately, the PPS M2 is only set-up for right handed shooters out of the box with the magazine release being the only control that’s reversible. Honestly, I wish they would have maintained the paddle release from the M1. Unfortunately most gun owners don’t shoot enough to see the advantages of that style of release.
I will start off this review by saying that out of the 5 different reviews I watched before buying, each one of them hit on different things with the PPS M2. I felt some of them over exaggerated issues, others didn’t say something about notable downsides, but they all got one thing right. The trigger is real good, especially at the price point. It’s not as good as the PPQ’s, but it’s running right along side it which is good enough.
The ergonomics of the Walther PPS aren’t terrible, but they aren’t exactly great for the folks with L-XL hands. The pistol has a semi-shielded extended slide release…which has caused the slide to never lock back for me on the last round fired since my thumb is riding it. The overall reach to be able to pull the trigger though is short s if you have smaller or shmedium hands, this is definitely a good pistol to check out.
To start off with the frame, let’s talk about the overall feel (remember, this is my first subcompact single stack handgun). Getting a two handed grip definitely takes some finessing with how slim this pistol is, due to the slimness my support hand’s palm wants to push my strong hand’s fingers loose. The bump at the bottom of the back strap can cause some discomfort due to how it fits into the muscle between your thumb and index finger; I did notice that when shooting it the bump does cause my hand to tense up a little bit which helps with recoil control.
From there it does feel like the pistol sits higher in your hand than it appears to and this is because of the beaver tail is cut, speaking of cuts, let’s talk about the undercut on the trigger guard. It’s there, it does increase the comfort a little bit on my middle finger, but it can’t be improved due to how low the trigger hangs.
The texturing on the frame is…well, slick. If it was raised a fraction of a centimeter it would be a far better texturing; especially if it went all the way up the back strap and side. Fortunately the texturing isn’t so slick that you don’t have any friction for recoil control, but on a hot humid day, it’s definitely going to be less than adequate.
The slide also homes some of the best slide serrations I’ve ever messed with. The front serrations are the easiest to pull off a press check with and the rear serrations are just easy to get traction with. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “They’re pretty sharp though, aren’t they?” Nope! They actually aren’t sharp at all! Now… there is a caveat though that I’ll get into later.A plus for those with larger fingers, if you’ve ever had issues with the take down levers on Glocks (or similar) you’ll take solace in knowing that the PPS’ takedown levers are pretty easy to get to. They are slightly recessed, but their a smidge wider than Glock take down levers, and the texturing is a little more aggressive on them.
Originally looking at the Walther PPS M2 I thought that it would be an extremely snappy pistol, but where as it is snappy, it isn’t as snappy as you would expect looking at it. With the heavy slide, thicker barrel profile, and dual sprung recoil system, the PPS M2 handles so well that free hand shots at 15 yards aren’t extremely difficult to make starting off.
This is where the caveat comes in with the slide serrations, and really the gun as a whole. The dual recoil system paired with the heavier slide can make it difficult to rack the slide all the way. For an example, if you don’t rack the slide hard enough to clear it the chambered round can get stuck. That said, if you have moderate hand strength the PPS M2 is a fantastic option.
As far as reliability goes, I haven’t had any issues aside from the slide not locking back due to user error. It’s ran 124gr Federal HST reliably, an assortment of 115gr ammunition, as well as an assortment of 124gr ammunition without any issues.
When it comes to carrying the Walther PPS M2 I have a few interesting notes to make. For a regular IWB gun, you shouldn’t have any issues concealing it regardless of your build. If you’re usually wearing jeans or something with similar pockets, don’t expect for it to fit properly in your pocket to be able to get a good draw.
AIWB is weird. It’s a lot less comfortable to carry around than larger guns, this may be due to my build, or it could just be because of it being a subcompact. When I started carrying the PPS M2 it was wanting to dig into the area right above my gentleman’s sausage (you read that in Jeremy Clarkson’s voice) and it would be painful. After carrying it with that pain for a little while, I decided the PPS M2 was the gun to try the Tier 1 wedge with.
Immediately after adding the Tier 1 medium sized wedge to the Hyperion, I noticed a huge difference in comfort. A few months later and that pain I mentioned hasn’t made a come back yet.
With the primary purpose of the Walther PPS M2 being a deep concealment gun, I’ve found that the optimal way to run it is with the 7rd magazine inserted and the 6rd magazine in the mag caddy (bottom part of the picture).
The difference between the 6rd and the 7rd magazine in the gun is less significant in the gun, than it is in the mag caddy. This isn’t to say that switching the two would be marginally harder for deep concealment purposes, but with a tucked in shirt, I have noticed less printing doing it as displayed in the bottom picture.
For non-formal wear, I’m definitely running an 8rd mag and an 8rd mag because the more ammunition, the better.
The PPS M2 has some cool features to it that I like that don’t usually get talked about in reviews. The breach has a small window that lets you look down to see if there’s a round in the chamber. It isn’t tactile, but you can visually see the round there…kinda making press checks pointless with this gun.
It also has a loaded chambered/striker indicator on the backside of the gun, the cool thing here is that the chamber indicator can kinda serve as a “Gadget” for the PPS M2. When you go to holster the gun, you can push your thumb onto the indicator. If anything begins to mess with the trigger you will feel it and know when to stop. IF you’re holding your thumb against the indicator hard enough, the gun also can’t discharge since your thumb is preventing the striker from cocking all the way.
The only real gripe I have about the Walther PPS M2 is the fact that they took away the PPS’ ability to have a light mounted to it, but at the same time the only lights that would fit wouldn’t be worth the time and effort…so it’s a give and take kind of thing. That said, for $260 shipped I’m extremely happy with my PPS M2. It’s slender, it’s slim, it’s sexy. It carries well enough, it shoots extremely well for it’s size, it’s budget friendly, and the magazines are only $25/ea.
If you’re on a budget, the Walther PPS M2 is a testament that you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice quality for being on a tighter budget. If you’re on the market for a deep concealment gun or your first concealed carry firearm, definitely check out the Walther PPS M2.
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And since you’ve made it all the way here, here’s a small comparison to show you how much the grip length differs between the 6rd magazine and the 8rd magazine.
Bonus image for those that made it down here:
One of the things I constantly see being left out of reviews are comparisons between either the changeable back-straps, or the difference in OEM magazine extensions.
If you’re wanting a side by side comparison, here you go. It’s as good as I could do in a semi-rush, so at some point I’ll be doing an update to this image for a better side by side comparison of the three.