Walther PPS

Walther PPS

When I first started to investigate buying a gun, my friend let me shoot his Walther PPS in .40 S&W. In fact, that was the first time I’d ever shot the “snappy” .40 cal. That day my friend let me shoot both the PPS and a subcompact Glock 27 (also in .40).

Since I was just learning to master the caliber, It took me a while to get used to both pistols, but the PPS was much easier to shoot.

“PPS” stands for “Police Pistol Slim” and that it is. The handgun is just under an inch thick and therefore easily concealable.

Function Vs. Form

In my opinion, it’s not the prettiest of pistols. It’s as if Walther decided that looks didn’t matter on this one. But it sure makes up for it in the utilitarian department.


It comes with 2 magazines. the 6 rounder is flush with the base of the handle and lets the pinkie fly free. The 7 rounder extends a little more to create room for the little brother.


The PPS also includes two backstraps of different widths to accommodate the different sized hands that God gave us. An interesting safety feature for this pistol is that if the backstrap is removed, the gun is rendered inoperable.

My favorite combination was the larger backstrap with the 7 round magazine. It just felt natural.


One of the things I love on the Walther PPS is the ergonomics of the handle. It just “feels” right. It aims perfectly, the handle seems to take recoil well, and it’s easy to hold onto.


There is a visual loaded chamber indicator on the top of the pistol. This is simply a gap at the back of the chamber that shows a round through the hole.

There is also another interesting indicator on the back of the gun. It doesn’t warn you when it is loaded, but rather when it is in the stage where the striker is ready to engage (loaded or empty).

When dry fired, the little red circle actually comes out the back of the pistol as you are pulling the trigger and  then plunges unseen into the hole. If it is fired with a live round, the red circle would appear to stay visible until the gun was empty.


I can see why Walther recommends the PPS as a police backup gun. It’s got plenty of power, but is easily concealable. It makes a pretty good carry gun for us civilians as well. I would recommend this for a medium sized concealed carry gun.

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