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Walther PPS

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by SynapticSilence, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Just ordered myself a Walther PPS 9mm after debating its merits against a lot of others for a while. Anyone have any experience with it? A little late, since it's on the way but I'd still like to hear impressions pro and con.
     
  2. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The PPS was mentioned several times recently in this thread: "Ideas for new carry pistol". I've been on the edge of purchasing one for wife in 9mm and self in .40 . A few well known online guys like it: Hickock 45 for one.

    Let me know what you think when you get it. If ever in the Sandy Oregon area I'll trade you some rounds with my PPQ or Sig at the DRRC.

    Enjoy
     
  3. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Almost joined Douglas Ridge, but then we moved to Battle Ground. I shoot at Wolverton Mountain Gun Club up in Ariel, WA. Not as big or extensive a facility as Douglas Ridge, but a really great bunch of people and a gorgeous setting on the backside of Mount St. Helens. I had a PPQ M2 and sold it (duh) and have kicked myself ever since. If the PPS works out, I'll probably get another one but go back to the original model with the trigger guard mag release just like the PPS has. It should ship tomorrow and hopefully I'll have it by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. I'll post the results as soon as I can get out to the range with it.
     
  4. RumpleForeskin

    RumpleForeskin NW Oregon Active Member

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    I've had one in 9mm for roughly a year. The trigger smooths out considerable after ~500 rounds. Conceals like a dream with the 6 round mag and is unbelievably stupid accurate.
     
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  5. 9MilMan

    9MilMan Milwaukie Active Member

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    I had one in .40. Had a lot of feeding issues. You'll note that the feed ramp is in two parts. The flat nose of the .40 did not like that. In 9mm, that should not be a problem. I wish I had bought a 9mm. Great pistol. Really accurate. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of holsters for them out there.
     
  6. TheOhioan

    TheOhioan Portland,Oregon Member

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    Have one in 9mm with an MTAC holster, shoots well and carries well. I have 0 complaints and Walther makes great pistols.
     
  7. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have an early production Walther PPS in 40 S&W, and have had zero problems feeding ammo using Federal's HST law enforcement bullets. Even in weights as low as 135 gr.

    As far as holster availability goes, that may have been true back in 2007 when the pistol first came on the market, and the early years that followed that. But I can assure you that holster availability now is now longer any issue.
     
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  8. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    There were some early issues with rough triggers, feeding some bullets, and issues with the slide stops. But the pistol is now in its 8th year on the market here in the USA, and these issues were all long ago addressed by Walther.

    The pistol has great ergonomics, is accurate and easy to shoot, and dissassembles in a couple of seconds, since it takes apart just like a Glock does. Workmanship and quality of materials is superior to most of its competitors in this size category.

    Here is a photo of my .40 S&W Walther PPS on the right, compared to my full size S&W M&P .40 S&W on the left. You can see how much dramatically thinner and smaller the Walther is compared to a full size pistol. It certainly is dramatically easier to carry concealed.

    Note: The Walther would look even thinner, except that I have one of the popular Limbsaver grip sleeves installed on it.

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  9. rjfleming

    rjfleming Western Montana New Member

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    Have already switched to my winter carry, a 9mm PPQ-M1 but my 9mm PPS is my summer carry, AIWB in a Dale Fricke AA. After using my PPS in a BUG gun match last summer I started using it in the regular matches, just had to get a couple more 8 round magazines. Several thousand rounds through the pistol and no problems yet.
     
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  10. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Totally agree. See my separate post on my first range outing with it. Most accurate short barreled gun I've ever shot and perfect out of the box. Tons of holsters. I'm carrying mine now in a clipless Sticky Holster (like a Remora but thinner and softer material) and it disappears. I have a Ace-1 Gen2 composite holster from SHTF already on the way. If you haven't tried their holsters I'd suggest you do. I have them for my Micro Desert Eagle and my CZ P-01. Excellent materials, adjustable retention, very comfortable, and great craftsmanship for around $69. Ten percent discount for active and retired military using discount code MIL-10. Holsters for almost all model guns, most ship in 3-5 days. Very impressed with their quality, construction, and comfort. And no, I don't work for them or sell them.
     
  11. Vierings

    Vierings Tacoma Member

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    I have both calibers in stock at work and have heavily contemplated one. But I'm going to hold out and check out the CCP first.. Love my PPQ (M2)
     
  12. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    I had a PPQ M2 and sold it to get something else I didn't really end up liking. Not the first time I've been stupid. But the 9mm PPS is a tack driver and hides liike a dream. My number one carry pistol now. I alternate carrying it in an MD-4 size Sticky Holster or a SHTF Ace-1 Gen2 hybrid holster. The SHTF holsters are really a good product. Every holster custom molded, adjustable retention, adjustable cant, tuck able, top level Kydex, extra retention spacers provided free, excellent materials and finishing all around, they have a huge selection of pistols and revolver modeks. And provide extra hardware and a free wrench. All for about $60 and offers a 10% discount for military (active/retired. The design keeps getting better, now with a slight built in curve that makes it extremely comfortable and makes reholstering much easier. And they ship in 3-5 business days even though each holster is custom molded. And I do not work or even formally review for them. Just tried it and liked it . 90FFF13A-B68B-4739-A3E8-1CC9E11D74CF_zpsmdybbgmz.jpg
     
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  13. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Got a picture of the holsters mentioned in this thread?
     
  14. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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  15. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    I have a holster for my PPS already, but I am buying a Sig P239 so I will give the ACE-1 a try. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
  16. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Mine have been great. The new ones offer adjustable retention, though, so they've improved. BTW, they offer a 5 or 10 percent military discount of that fits for you.
     
  17. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    I am ashamed to say it does not. Thank you for your service though.
     
  18. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    Don't be ashamed. The world has a role for everybody. I went in as a stupid 18 year old kid and somehow lasted 21 years. I was in military intelligence. It was incredibly interesting and served a great purpose, but the closest I came to combat was watching Patriot missiles intercepting Scuds in Desert Storm. I feel a little bit like you sometimes when comparing myself to combat vets. But, like I said, everyone has a role. The military is definitely not for everybody.
     
  19. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    Well I originally intended on going to the Naval Academy, but I was quite good as a wrestler and had some scholarships. I did not know at the time that the Naval Academy had a wrestling team. Had I known that I would have gone for sure. I work as a Firefighter/Paramedic now.
     
  20. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    Oh I went ahead and ordered the SHTF Ace-1 Gen 2 holster for the P239. I also bought the horizontal mag holder and some leather belt snap loops. It looks like a great holster.