Walther PPS M2
At Shotshow 2016 Walther Arms introduced a two exciting new offerings. One of those was the PPS M2. The M2 is the newest version of the 9 mm Police Pistol Slim; it’s a subcompact single stack designed for the concealed carry market.
The first thing I noticed was the contoured grip and curvature that was absent in the previous version. Before you pick it up, it just looks like it’s going to be comfortable in the hand. As with many of these pistols there is a regular (6 round) and extended magazine (7 round). The beauty in the M2 is the design of the magazine extension. The mating of the magazine sleeve (or extended floor plate) to the grip is flawless and provides a level of comfort and control you rarely see in a subcompact that borders on a pocket pistol… In fact I’ve not seen it in anything this small.
The magazines that came with my test gun allowed it to fit and feel great in small hands as well as those with longer fingers. The 6 round magazine provides serious concealability while the 7 round magazine makes it feel like a bigger weapon. (It’s worth mentioning a 8 round magazine is also available.)
The PPS M2 is a striker fired single action that just got better for us as time passed. We test fired it out of the box at 25 yards with respectable results. The 3.18 inch barrel is enough to keep us in a kill zone right off the bat. The 6.1 lb trigger felt a little heavy when testing beside the PPQ 45ACP but was far better than many out of the box triggers. However, after some break-in time shooting this one I put a trigger scale on it and was happy to see about 4.5 lbs average pull, a quick reset and passive trigger safety to boot. The little PPS M2 sweetened nicely.
As for carry, the thin 1 inch profile and short magazine provide a very compact package. However, the sizing is larger than some other weapons (Kahr, Keltec, Ruger). I would not call the PPS M2 a pocket pistol. I would recommend a proper holster for carry and can see this weapon as a primary carry weapon and not just in the backup category.
(There is a Leo version available with phosphorescent painted sights and a 3rd magazine. This gave me the idea to add phosphorescence to ours. I’ve used “Glow-on super phosphorescent paint” in the past for these projects. This time I decided to experiment with a different method. I used dots cut from Glow-on heavy duty sticker paper and sealed it in with UV cured matte finish clear nail lacquer. The results were beautiful, time will tell if the protectant stands up and doesn’t yellow.)
I shot our tester, a lane officer and trainer fired it and a new shooter took a turn or two. Everyone had a different level of experience and different sized hands. All of us shot the PPS M2 very well. The new shooter loved it. The lane officer lamented that he was going to have to shop for another new gun and I considered keeping it. That in itself speaks volumes. In the end this little PPS M2 stayed in the family. It won’t experience a return trip to Walther.