Walther PPS 9mm Subcompact Handgun Review – A Second Look

New slim and thin sub-compact. Could it be Bond's newest gun?

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This is a little bit like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with the Walther P99 as the papa bear, the PPK/S as the baby bear and the new PPS (Police Pistol Slim) being the one in the middle, the one that’s “just right.” Of course, it would be better from this point on, if Goldilocks were James Bond.

walther21.jpgAlthough there are no plans as yet for the next Bond film to have 007 exchange his hefty P99 for the newer, lighter, narrower and more concealable PPS 9mm (we asked). In the Bond tradition, it would be natural for 007 to carry a lighter, more concealable gun, and the PPS fills the bill nicely. Though neither as elegant in proportions as a PPK, nor as menacing as the P99, the PPS is an ideal size and caliber, though not one worthy of admiration for appearances, which resemble the offspring of a Glock 26 and Smith & Wesson SW990.


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  • Gary Sloan

    I’m lucky enough to have the first Walther PPS sold in Maryland. In Dennis Adler’s writeup on the June 2008 issue of Combat Handguns, a picture caption reads “…The Walther PPS fits perfectly into the new Galco belt holster made for the G[lock] 21SF.”

    Galco makes two holsters for the Glock 21SF…one for a standard Glock rail, and one for a Picatinny rail.

    Which one was Dennis referring to?

    Many thanks,

    Gary Sloan

  • danny angulo

    the galco ankle holsters made for the glock 26 work perfect,by the time i recived it i had sold my glock 26 and bought a walther pps 9mm,so i said what heck il try it ,fit perfct. its the suede galco ankle lite.

  • Teri Lewis

    I recently lost my husband and felt I needed a gun for protection. I have experience with guns and I wanted a light weight concealable 9mm. The gentleman at the gun shop introduced me to the Walther PPS. I absolutly love it!! It has great balance and feels good in my hand. It is the perfect gun for a lady. I purchased it on 2/6/09 and have fired around 500 rounds and have had no problem. It is easy to take apart and clean. Now I’m looking for a leather “In the pants holster”.

  • Leo

    I have a plan to buy a Walter PPS 9mm but I never had a shot with it. Who cares? Mi hand is very small. I can not hold a gun properly it it doesn’t fit in my little hand. I had a Glock but I feel inconfortable with the grip. So I go for the Walther PPS 9mm

  • Kevin Elbert

    I have this gun and LOVE it. I have the .40 SW, and it is a great shooting gun. I can hit a target at 90 feet with amazing accuracy.

    My Glock 17 9mm and Beretta PX4 Storm .40 SW are both great, but to big for me to CONFIDENTLY pack concealed.

    The Walther PPS is a great GUN. I Highly recommend. Great Trigger pull. Love the 3 dot sights. 6 shots is fine with good personal defense ammo. 5 out of 5 starts!

    I pack it on my ankle in an ankle holster. NICE!

  • http://BESTDEFENSEINC.NET TED WRIGHT

    I, AT ONE TIME, OWNED A PPS 9MM PISTOL. I ALLOWED A FRIEND TO TALK ME OUT OF IT. I NOW REGRET HAVING DONE SO. I HAD FIRED NO LESS THAN 1000 ROUNDS THRU IT AND WAS QUITE PLEASED WITH THE ACCURACY AND DEPENDABILITY ASPECTS. I AM PICKING UP A NEW ONE IN A FEW DAYS. THAT ONE I WILL NOT GIVE UP TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON.

  • JIM STEVENS

    I LOVE MY PPS/9MM. I CARRIED A S&W 5906 AS A DUTY WEAPON FOR A LOT OF YEARS AND USED TO HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT LONG FIRST ROUND TRIGGERR PULL ON S&W.
    NOT SO ON PPS. GREAT THREE DOT SIGHTS ALSO.

    MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA ALLOW RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT CONCEALED CARRY WITH IMPUNITY. TODAYS
    BATON ROUGE AND NEW ORLEANS MAKE OLD WEST SEEM TAME.

    I CARRY MY PPS OR A PPK/.380 DEPENDING ON WHAT VECHICLE I’M IN. LONG LIVE WALTHER AMERICA.

    JIM S.

  • Gary

    The walther pps in 40 cal is a problematic/jamomatic… Nothing but issues with mine right out of the box. It was not a first edition either but a late serial number. Very upset with the quality for 750.00. Glad I still have my Glock

  • http://Tactical-Life.com Ed Girtler Jr.

    I’m Retired law enforcement. I Carried many handguns while in uniform,undercover and off-duty. I Now own a PPS 9MM and it’s the best firearm I’ve ever owned, the workmanship and quality is outstanding. I will never give it up or even consider another handgun for personal protection. Everyone has their favorite and the PPS is mine. It’s very conceable and I will not leave home without it.

  • Dan Sandoval

    My recently made Walther pps 40 smith is a Jam “o” matic. Defective extractor I am told. It is going back to get fixed. Right now 50 % jam rate with Remimington hardball ammo. Very disapointed. Glad I have my Kahr K 9mm. Difficult trgger pull but have fired thousands or rounds with no issues.

  • Dick tracy

    love my pps 9mm never sell got for 3 crisp bills

  • Chris Phillips

    Have had my PPS .40 for several years now. It is the best CC pistol I have found yet. This pistol shoots flawlessly and is more accurate than most full size plastic pistols you will find anywhere. They do need break-in time it seems, but nature of the beast for a tight tolerance gun. After a few hundred rounds, no problems.

  • Bruce Grove

    I own both a 9mm and .40 S&W Walther PPS and love them both. My wife carries the 9mm and I carry the .40 S&W. I also have and sometime carry the Walther P99 QA .40 S&W it’s extremely accurate (my daughter also has a P99 QA .40 S&W). All are outstanding weapons to shoot. The PPS is easier to carry because of size, but all are dead on when shooting. Fine weapons…

  • Dustin

    I own the pps .40 and wouldnt trade it for anything. shot over 1000 rounds out of it with Zero problems not even a single jam. The accuracy is excellent. A friend shot my pps and made it a goal to go buy one. Really great gun.