Walther PPS M2 Handgun Review

By Kevin Reese
This review is part five(5) of a five(5) part series of new guns or interesting guns for 2016. Click the Next button at the bottom to read more. Walther PPS M2 Handgun Review.

Walter PPS M2 9mm
Walter PPS M2 9mm
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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Walther Arms, known the world over for ultra-reliable firearm craftsmanship and performance for over 100 years, including the famed P38 carried by German forces during WWII, Walther continues to produce world-class handguns right here in America.

At the 2016 SHOT Show, I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with the PPS M2 and Walther Shooting Team’s own Michelle Waldran.

Not only did I get to watch Michelle double-tap the daylights out of some steel targets with the PPS M2, I had the opportunity to scratch that trigger-finger itch myself.

Walther PPS M2 Handgun in 9mm

Shooting the Walther PPS M2 Handgun
Shooting the Walther PPS M2 Handgun

The striker-fired Walther PPS M2 sub-compact handgun boasts a comfortable 6.1-lb. trigger pull with both short travel and short reset. The PPS M2 we fired was a 9mm; however, in spring, 2016, Walther PPS M2 is scheduled to satisfy the appetites of .40 S&W fans. A limited edition 9mm also is available with phosphorous sights.

Walther PPS M2 Handgun
Walther PPS M2 Handgun

Three sizes of magazines are available from flat, to mid-size, to extended capacity, while the grip itself includes ergonomic finger grooves and a seriously comfortable, cross-directional, non-slip textured surface; extended magazines also feature this new texturing. The Walther PPS M2 features a slim single-stack design, with capacity ranging from 5 to 8 rounds, and short 3.18” barrel for easy, comfortable concealment, even in more restrictive clothing, while the dot-sights and other PPS M2 features are designed to prevent snagging.

Walther PPS M2 Handgun
Walther PPS M2 Handgun in 9mm

The Walther PPS M2 Handgun also comes standard with critical safety components including a tactile, visible cocking indicator and a loaded chamber viewport for quick and easy inspections. Distinctively Walther slide serrations also deliver big on worry-free manipulations while the slide stop and magazine release are both designed for easy, snag-free, ergonomic operation, even with gloves. Although it comes in a sub-compact package, the Walther PPS M2 delivers BIG on Walther’s reputation for the kind of quality warriors and citizens alike have weighed their survival upon for generations.

MSRP for the Walther PPS M2 Handgun in both 9mm and .40 S&W is $469. MSRP for the 9mm LE is $499.


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  • 26 thoughts on “Walther PPS M2 Handgun Review

    1. My wife carries & shoots a 9mm Walther CCP. She loads the 8 rd magazine with her bare hands strictly and will not use a mag loader even when I offer it. She is a 64 yoa GrandMA and started shooting again about a year ago and she’s doing very well with the CCP. As a retired LEO , that was fortunate to survive 2 deadly shootings on duty, I made sure She was familiar with her weapons and has the confidence to pull the trigger if she is faced with a life or death encounter. She really likes her Walther CCP……She also likes my Springfield XD Mod 2 subcompact 9mm, so I watch her closely to make sure she doesn’t decide to swap weapons without my knowledge. It great to have a partner for 45 years that enjoys shooting as much as you do !

    2. I’m looking for a handgun similar to the size of the Walther PPS and saw the feedback about it not being a womans gun. What other gun would anyone recommend in place of the PPS for older women with limited hand strength?

    3. If only the last round in the 7 or 8 round magazine is abnormally difficult to load, it is because the mag needs to be adjusted. The spring has a butt plate keeper on the bottom that slides down into a channel in the larger magazine bases. In rare cases, the butt place keeper hangs on the sides of the base. It’s a simple adjustment, and then it will run flawlessly thereafter. And I also recommend the Uplula from Maglula. Awesome product for reloading magazines quickly and saving your thumb.

    4. I recently purchased a Walther PPS M2. I’ve put around 400 rounds through it with the only problem being a few times the magazine released so it didn’t feed another round. This was using the eight round magazines. Has anyone else had any issues with the magazine releasing. I much enjoy reading the comments above about which make of gun is better and why. I’ve been shooting for over forth years and that argument has been around longer than I can remember. The bottom line is if you own a weapon you should train with it. Training should include close combat shooting as chances are the situation is going to be close and things are going to happen fast. If you have to think about it, it’s probably already over. Find a weapon that fits you not what everyone else has just because they shoot well with it

      Take care , train and train often, always always double tap, shoot and move or shoot on the move and just because you take a hit from a round doesn’t mean you’re out of the fight, if you think you’re going to die you probably will.

      1. Rod, did you find out what the issue was with the mag releasing? I had the same issue several times today at the range with 7 and 8 round mags. First time I have had this issue and have put at least 1000 rounds through it. Love the gun, however not liking this self-release issue.

      2. Rod – I just purchased the PPS M2 LE and have gone thru 600 rds. It came with 6-7& 8 rd. clips. I used the 7 but I like the 8 because it fits my hand better. It has released a couple of times. I found that it was in my grip. I was placing my right hand thumb over the mag release. With a tight right hand grip during recoil the mag would sometimes release (twice in 200 rds.) I have changed my thumb position to the groove below the mag release & have gone thru 400 rds.without any mag releases. I don’t know if this is your problem, but SO FAR it seems to have helped my problem.

    5. My CCP hates cheap ammo, but is totally reliable with US premium stuff . It really hates that BrassMaxx 115 grain stuff made in Bosnia. That is the dirtiest ammo I have shot in my life. It gums up my Walther like crazy. That bulk box was money totally wasted. I’d advise anyone to avoid it. But the CCP is a fantastically accurate and easy to shoot gun. The disassembly took a little bit of practice, but now it’s a non issue with me. I really like the way the gun fits my hand and the 8+1 capability.

    6. Put 100 rounds through my new M2. I had three FtFs. I do plan to clean out the factory grease and lube it properly next. Was a very accurate shooter and grip was on point.

    7. Recently bought a Walther pps 40 cal. Put about 100 rounds through it without a hitch. very impressed
      with it’s accuracy. It’s a little difficult to use the magazine release located on the trigger guard, and the slide lock and release is a bit to big and uncomfortable on the hands.

    8. “Walther Arms, known the world over for ultra-reliable firearm craftsmanship and performance for over 100 years, including the famed P38…”

      Ah, problems with war issue P38’s are legion. That might not have been the best comparison you could have made.

      1. You do know that many “war issue P38’s” were also made by Mauser and Spreewerk, right? And many were made by Jewish slaves. It’s a famous firearm but the ones that didn’t work were probably intentional.

    9. Nothing but great things to say about my M2. No issues with a hard slide racking or issues with the mag. Accurate as anything I have ever shot and handles recoil great. As far as saying it is like a Glock, that is kind of stupid. Different angle and feel while shooting. I say that as someone who has multiple Glock’s. Also, small pistols will be harder to rack than larger ones, nothing they can do. The recoil has to go somewhere. I have owned Shields, a Glock 43 and 42, along with other smaller pistols, and this beats them all. Its my EDC now.

    10. Tried this piece at an Industry shoot at Gander Mountain, tried to run 3 different Mags. thru it . Never could get more than 2 consecutive rds. to go. Took it back to the Rep. and said perhaps you need to lube it, he broke it down and it had plenty of lube, so no idea what the problem was.

    11. If your going to build a pistol like that, at least get the name right. Its spelled GLOCK. only difference I see
      is the cheap looking metal mag, and the shape of the mag release, everything else is a very strikingly
      resemblance of the glock. I’m sure it will be a great seller with its looks and all, but if you want the performance
      you need to buy the real thing. I know I’m about to get thrown under the bus for that, but I own five gen four
      models, and feed them all garbage ammo, to top of the line stuff without a hitch, and maybe I’m wrong to
      compare everything else to them, but I guess once you own and shoot the best, all others fall a little short.
      I just purchased a new 92 1-a, and shot less then 150 rds through it, and it is now up for sale. A great
      looking pistol, but the feel and function not the same. Ill stay with what works for me.

      1. I carry a Gen 4 Glock 26 every day, I love the gun, but it isn’t infallible or more reliable in my opinion. My G26 choked on some Tula ammo as did my PPS Classic, XDs, and my Shield (all 9mm). I bought 500 rounds of this stuff and stopped every one. Well, the Shield technically shot everything I fed it, but it didn’t go into battery after the very last round of this underpowered ammo. In other words, had their been one more shot left, it would not have fired (although I would have only needed to hit the slide forward), but it technically fired everything I fed it. But it shows you that crap ammo will take ANYTHING down, even the mighty Glock, even the equally mighty Shield, so I wouldn’t boast too much about Glock. It’s an excellent product—it’s what I primarily carry—but I love Walther, S&W, FN and others too.

      2. I’ve got Glocks, S&W MP’s, Walther PPQ’s, and HK VP’s. They are all acceptable handguns but the H&K VP 9 and 40 along the M&P Ported Performance Center 9 and 40’s Stand out above the other’s. I would rate the Walther’s also good with the Glocks bringing up the rear unless you spend a lot of extra bucks to bring them up to snuff. Please don’t send me hate mail it’s just a gun I’m talking about not your wife or kids.

    12. Thanks for the feedback on the magazines because I was thinking about getting the PPS M2. I had a Shield with a stiff magazines and I got rid of it. My other two Walthers PPX and CCP are perfect ; no issues on any front. In the past, my Glocks, XDM’s, and M&Ps never had mag issues. Hopefully, Walthers will correct their mags.

      Thanks again for the heads up.

    13. I’d clean the gun and lube the side before shooting it the first time. That should make it easier to rack the slide, and maybe improve the accuracy. Did you really open the box at the range?

    14. I took my new Walther PPS M2 to the range yesterday and was a bit disappointed in what I pulled out of the box. First off the mags are very stiff and hard to load. Sorry but I can’t imagine any woman I know that would be able to not only load these mags but cocking the pistol itself takes more strength than any woman I know has. I’m NOT saying there’s no woman around that couldn’t do it. I’m just saying it’d difficult for them. Of course it’s brand new and will probably loosen up a bit after running a few hundred rounds through the gun. BUT…any females ask me about this gun for themselves and I’d steer them away – FAST!!
      Shooting the small 15 foot target sheet with 4 separate targets from 15 feet and the gun would constantly shoot about 3 inches low and about an inch to the left. So aiming at the bullseye and you’d hit the 7:00 o’clock position. Aim up and to the right at the 1:00 o’clock position and you’d hit the bullseye. Anyway, coming out of the range there were so many people waiting for service, appointments etc etc that I thought I’d just wait to have the sights adjusted next time I go in there to shoot. But right out of the box as far as accuracy goes I’m not real impressed with my PPS M2 and those magazines should have been built with those slides that aid in loading bullets. My God what is Walther thinking with such a stiff slide and terribly stiff & difficult to load mags?? That they built a strictly a man’s gun?? There ya go, the perfect – MAN’S PISTOL. Cause (most) woman couldn’t load the mags or pull back the slide. Other than that it seems like a great gun…

      1. On my PPS M2 the slide isn’t that bad, but the magazines are pretty stiff. I have the same problem with my PPQ, but I leave all magazines loaded to capacity minus one for a few weeks, and they loosen right up. I don’t know why you think that a stiff magazine makes it a “man’s gun”, there are plenty of loading aids out there to help load magazines.

        All new guns need a break in period, the PPS M2 isn’t any different then any other sub-compact single stack 9 that is out there. In my case, I found the trigger and ergonomics to be excelent, better then my S&W Shield, a Glock 43 that I shot, or even a Glock 26.

      2. For those that are complaining about shooting low etc……that is you and not the gun. I have shot this many times and it is one of the best shooting pistols I own. No it is not as accurate as the PPQ but very good. I would recommend grip tape like Talons

      3. Sounds like someone doesn’t know how to hold the gun properly. Low and left is all you. Adjust your hold and the problem will go away.

        All guns are stiff right out of the box. Springs in magazines loosen up after enough reloads, I leave all my mags fully loaded anyway. Even the slide will get easier after about 1000 rounds. That’s normal break-in for any firearm. I can pull the slide back from the front groves (press check) just using my thumb and index finger.

      4. Thought I’d add in the “woman’s perspective” for this gun. I’m a beginner so my experience is limited to my dad’s hunting rifles and the stack of 9mm’s I tried at the gun range while trying to figure out which one was best for me. I LOVE this gun. I can’t say this enough. The mag is a bit tight, but not so much more than any of the others I tried. Sure, the looser ones had me thinking “oooh this is nice” but this gun felt the best in my hand and also in my opinion had the nicest slide as far as a grab and release feel, though I will admit that sliding it back all the way and holding it to get the notch locked in was a bit tight so I just popped the clip out and racked it back that way. As far as usage, I’m sure that the one at the gun club was nice and broken in. I have no doubt that mine will be stiffer out of the box since it’s brand new. Much like a new pair of shoes.
        Anyway, this one gave me a nice grouping around the center where I was aiming instead of flinging my hands all over with the recoil or consistently hitting 2 inches to the left.
        Every gun is different for every person so I think anyone wanting to buy this one should try it out first, but to say it’s a MAN’s gun is patently false.

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