I will never understand why this pistol has not been more popular.  Single stack 9mm.  I constantly hear people bemoan the fact Glock has yet to produce a single stack 9 and want to pull my hair out.  This is the single stack 9mm you all have been hoping for.  This is a terrific pistol.


First, let’s start by saying the single most important feature in a carry gun is reliability. It must fire when needed.  My PPS has been 100% reliable.  Full disclosure here – when I first got my PPS in 2009 it had a couple of instances of the trigger not resetting after firing.  Needless to say this was a major concern.  I did some research online and discovered this had been a problem with a few of the PPS’s.  I spoke to Walther, sent my gun back to them, and they replaced the trigger bar.  Customer service was excellent and I had it back in my hands in two weeks time.  Since then I’ve shot many many rounds and have had no issues.  I would never carry – let alone suggest others carry – a pistol I am not totally confident will shoot.  Since then, I’ve put various ammo through it and have never had so much as a hiccup.  As far as I know this issue was cleared up years ago.  Currently, I’m carrying 124gr +P Speer Gold Dots.  At the range I shoot a variety of ammo to include Winchester, Remington, Hydra-Shok, Fiocchi, and others.

As far as performance goes, this gun is darn accurate.  I am by no means a great shot and I don’t have a problem getting tight groups at 20-25 feet.

Look & Feel

Let’s talk a bit about the looks of the PPS.  I understand the appearance of a gun is unimportant with respect to its function, but can we be real for a moment?  Doesn’t it help when the gun you carry looks cool?  We all find a sense of beauty in our firearms. The PPS has a sleekness you won’t find on a Glock, or other, similar, pistols.  What makes the PPS stand out, and why I chose it for EDC, is it’s slenderness.  This gun is thin.  Very thin.  I mean thin, thin.  It’s width comes in at under 1 inch.  When I wear it on my hip – outside the waist ban – I quite easily forget it is there.  Now, I’ve read enough gun reviews to realize that last sentence is always included in the review.  I’d be willing to bet someone, somewhere, claims to carry a Beretta 92fs inside the waist band and, with the proper holster, “the thing disappears”.  Meanwhile, in all likelihood, it is digging 3 inches into their kidney and causing them to sweat profusely.  I’ve carried various pistols both inside and outside the waist ban and have never had much luck with anything being comfortable IWD.  Not my Glock 19 or my Kimber Pro CDP II.  And, yes, I do have a nice holster and gun belt (Comp-Tac Minotaur holster, and Wilderness Instructor’s belt).

I will occasionally carry the PPS IWB, but, really, I just prefer outside.  How anyone comfortably carries anything thicker than this gun IWB is beyond me.  For the record I am 6’2 and weigh 185.


Another nice feature – Walther gives back strap options which can expand or shrink the grip to best fit your hand.  Also a nice option is having the choice of three different magazines.  6, 7 or 8 round mags are available.  With the 6 round magazine the grip is, obviously, the smallest, as the magazine is flush with the grip.  It allows for two fingers on the grip similar to the way a baby Glock is held.  The seven round mag has a finger extension and the 8 round has a two finger extension.  I would think the 8 round mag would bring the grip to a full size.  I prefer the 7 round mag as my grip feels most secure with three fingers making contact.

Magazines can be pricey, though I’ve noticed in the past year or so prices have come down considerably.  When the PPS was first released mags were retailing for $60 a pop.  In the past year I’ve managed to get a couple for $30 each.  Not bad.



The PPS also has a rail for a flashlight to be mounted.  I don’t mount a flashlight on my EDC so this has not been a concern either way.  But, it is an option.


The trigger is much like a Glock though feels a bit crisper to me than my G19.  The safety system is also identical to Glock.  What was a bit surprising to me was finding out the PPS weighs just about exactly what the Glock 26/27 weighs.  On appearance alone I would have thought the PPS would come in lighter.  This also helps explain why it is so comfortable to shoot.

The magazine release is of the paddle variety.  I think this may be the deal breaker for some as I’ve heard people complain about this style release and I’m not sure I understand what the big deal is.  Practice enough (and who doesn’t enjoy practicing?) and it becomes second nature to release the magazine in this manner.  I’d wager if this style had come first people would be throwing a fit about the push button release as with that system you have to adjust your grip to drop the mag.  Not so with the paddle release.  Simply use your trigger finger, or middle finger, swipe down and the mag will drop.  Pretty simple, no?

Available in 9mm & .40S&W

The PPS is available in both 9mm and .40s&w.  When someone convinces me the .40 is > then 9mm I’ll switch.  With modern ammunition I in no way feel undergunned carrying 9mm.  I’ll take the added capacity, less expensive ammo, and easier follow up shots any – and every – day.

One final note.  The rail on the frame that the slide attaches to is one continuous piece on the PPS.  This should insure a nice long life for the pistol.  If you look at Glock it has two small pieces in front and back that hold the slide.  I have heard – and seen – these come off which necessitates a trip back to the factory.

I’d love to hear from anyone who also carries this pistol.  And, even, from those that don’t.

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  • trevorthebusdriver

    love, love, love this gun! I’ve had it for over 5 years. Like you I had to send it back for FRB, but since then it’s been perfect I also like the bitone color it came in kind of a bluish gray and black.

  • Andrew in Raleigh

    I’ve heard great things about this gun. I was wondering if you’ve heard of the H&K VP9? I’m a sucker for striker fired pistols since I’ve owned a Glock for a few years now.

  • John Huggins

    Wife confiscated mine. Won’t give it back.

  • Rick Newman

    I enjoy reading your reviews. I am a lefty. Could you in all future reviews comment on whether the gun is available in a left handed version or set up for either hand use? Thank you.

    • mrpickles

      The PPS has an ambidextrous trigger release if that’s what you’re expecting. Go to a local shop and ask to hold one. I was very out off by the mag release when I first got mine. But after some practice I don’t even think about it anymore. I kind of prefer it.

  • Mike

    I have one and carry in a Minotaur every chance I get. It’s a great alternative to a Glock (very similar), yet it is streamlined to carry and has a few other features as well. Removing the backstrap also acts to decock the gun and there is also a loaded chamber window and cocking indicator on the back of the slide. I recently started carrying Lehigh Defense Max Expansion in the 8-round mag. The only thing I would do differently is perhaps carry another 8-round mag. 8+1 should be plenty, but my research has shown that pretty much anyone and everyone would carry additional ammo. Looking at night sights and perhaps a Viridian. One more important note; at the range, this pistol is very very capable.

  • What border?

    My wife bought a .40 PPS before I purchased a 9mm. Carry daily IWB without discomfort.

    My wife is a decent shot at CCDW distances (7 yds in our state).

    With both PPS’s have fired without difficulty anything we purchased including Al cased plastic coated, steel cased, & brass cased from US, Italy, Russia etc new and commercial reloads. Just fires and reloads. Great take down. Easy to clean.

  • Tim Boyle

    Why is there a picture of a S&W slide?

    • budman

      they all have that, or at least mine does, i guess S&W is the importer???

      • Tim Boyle

        HUH! I didn’t know that.

  • Frank

    Just acquired the PPS. Shot it for the first time today. It’s the first striker fired pistol I’ve shot. It’s incredibly accurrate. The recoil is similar to full size 9 mm pistols. This will be my carry pistol.

  • David Weaver

    I’ve owned the 9mm PPS for over 5 years now and have put this gun through rigorous training drills and range visits. So far I’ve fired 25,000 round through it with no FTF or FTE. I am starting to lose a bit of rifling in the barrel in the last thousand rounds or so. However, Walter states the barrel life is 20,000, so I see a new barrel in my future. I would highly recommend this gun to anyone looking for a nice EDC I use a rhino holster with mine.
    As always stay safe, and train hard.

  • its my edc, have over 10,000 rounds through it… works like a charm

  • Crowbranch

    I have this gun this gun in 9 mm and really like the features. Shoots almost as well as my Glock 27 but I like the slimness of PPS for CC better. Great article until you had to start extolling the virtues of the 9 mm as if the 40 S&W had none. You would also have a hard time convincing me the 9 mm is better than the 40. I own both and each has their place. Thought the article was supposed to be about the PPS. But you 9 mm fan boys always have to get your digs in. There is a reason the 40 recoils more. The 9 mm can’t defy physics and putting down the 40 won’t make up for what it lacks.

  • TJ

    I have a PK380 and it is the first weapon I have had that has that paddle ejection. So far not thrilled with the 380, still miss feeds, or more correctly fails to eject a spent cartridge and tries to feed another shell, not a good thing. Still does it after being sent back and ejector replaced. more to the paddle release, I tried working with it for about half an hour with an empty mag and it made the end of my trigger finger raw. Forget a full mag you still have to rotate the gun and use your thumb, course you should not be under stress when pulling a mag to clean or inspect. My question is there a way to make the paddle have a little less resistance? My experience with the PK makes me less likely to risk the purchase the PPS. To be fair I have a P88 I have had for years and I love it and never had a problem but it’s full size and I am still looking for a great compact to have as an option, looking more towards a double stack, I like Walther Arms, just the PK380 left a bad taste in my mouth.

    • DC

      I have a PK380 that had the same issue. On the early runs they had issues with the extractor. I sent mine in, has not failed since (1000+ rounds).

      • TJ

        They worked on mine as well but still after about 50 rounds it starts failing to eject again. I like the feel and the weight, I just don’t trust it will work when it’s absolutely necessary. So I am looking for another compact. I tried two gun shops near where I lived and they said they would give me a 75 dollar credit for it. Both had new ones they can’t sell.

  • Tom spurling

    I have a pps and absolutely love it. The argument about more capacity is ridiculous. If you need more then 8 shots, then things have gone horribly wrong. Practice and be prepared to be proficient if and when the need may arise for you to protect yourself. This is a gun you can bet your life on period.