Single-stack 9mms have been all the rage in recent years and the manufacturers have been competing for your dollar. From the Springfield XDs, Smith &Wesson M&P Shield, and the born-to-late Glock 43 it seems you can’t pick up a magazine, or go to a gun store without chatter about one of those. Walther’s PPS was our choice when it came time for Erika to pick a carry gun as it had superior craftsmanship, more adjustability, and other attractive features such as a cocking indicator and loaded chamber indicator. She’s had that gun for nearly a year and put thousands of rounds through it at the range, Front Sight, and in our tests. We both love the gun aside from its pickiness with ammo. For some reason it just doesn’t like projectiles under 100gr regardless of the velocity, but that feature has been great for our test series. Rumor has it that the recoil spring assembly is the same part used in the .40 cal PPSs and if that’s true it makes sense that the gun would want heavier loads.
This year Walther releases the PPS M2 and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on one for review and comparison. As I type it lays beside me and I must say I admire it quite a bit! The grip is contoured more like the PPQ and with the seven round magazine and changes to the frame shape even I can comfortably hold it. One of the biggest changes was the move to an American-style push-button magazine release. This was not a change that I welcomed as I’m a fan of the paddle system, but it did permit for a higher undercut of the trigger guard which makes a lot more room for large hands. The slide also now has cocking serrations on the front instead of the angular cut, and there are a few other minor cosmetic changes. We haven’t shot it yet but will keep you posted via here and the channel. To see it here before anywhere else check out the videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPMk_An3ptU