Why i chose the pps over the glock 26, khar, sig, etc.

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    Why i chose the pps over the glock 26, khar, sig, etc.

    In my extensive search for a concealed carry 9mm pistol I set the following criteria:
    1. Compact and light but not a pocket gun and must have a full grip
    2. At least 7+1 capacity with +P capability
    3. Reliable and accurate
    4. A reputable brand with good CS
    5. MUST be able to conceal easily IWB with tucked in shirts for work and church
    6. Mid priced
    7. Attractive with a modern look and design and excellent fit & finish

    Last year I lost my Sig 229 due to theft of my bag from my car because it was too heavy and bulky to wear aT the time. I was determined to find a pistol light and small enough to wear on all occasions but big enough to be accurate and give a full, comfortable grip with all five fingers.

    I know this forum has lots of Glock followers but the G26 was not it for me because my pinkie had no where to go and it was just too chunky and looked blocky. The G19 was nice but again too thick and the grip never felt right no matter how many times I held and shot it. Kahr PM9 was too small and I was unsure of the brand and reliability. The Sig 239 was heavy and thick. The Keltec was too small and looked cheaply made.

    However, he PPS satisfied all those criteria and gave me more. The 2 backstraps allowed me to customize the grip feel. The 3 sizes of magazines gave me different round capacities and grip sizes depending on my mode of dress and occasion.

    Here are some pics that show well it conceals, the full grip of the standard 7-round mag that the Kahr and G26 don't have without some ungainly mag extensions.
    DRESS SHIRTS


    CLOSE FITTING TEE SHIRT



    WITHOUT SHIRT



    EDC - PPS, MTAC IWB HOLSTER, 8-ROUND SPARE MAG, SPYDERCO DELICA 4



    FULL GRIP WITH 7-ROUND MAG


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    Excellent choice! Sounds to me like you made the perfect choice for your situation!!!!! Sorry to hear about the 229....:-(

    Good looking gun and rig, enjoy!
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    I follow your logic completely. Thanks for posting.
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    Nice, slim pistols. I like them. The 7 rounder does have an extension, though it blends nicely with the grip.
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    Nice set up, you did some research to find the perfict fit for you, you will find the time was worth it.
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    I like the way you carefully reasoned your way through to your purchase.
    There's a lot to be learned from it.
    Thanks for posting ... and thanks for the great pictures too.
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    its a good gun. I carry a g19 all day every day but there are times when i covet my buds pps. I also grudgingly admit i like the grip a bit better too. and its so thin compared to ....................Hey i have a kid on the way! Stop tempting me!
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    There is no comparison between the PPS and the other larger guns mentioned. The PPS is dramatically thinner, making it much easier to carry concealed.

    Here are some comparison photos that clearly illustrate this point:

    Glock 26 on left, Walther PPS on right:




    PPS on left, S&W M&P Compact on the right:




    PPS on the right, Sig P239 on the left:


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    This is what I like to carry. Its basically the same gun, but with 6+1 rounds of .40 S&W instead:

    ( Right Click with your mouse on the photo below and choose VIEW IMAGE to see a larger version of this photo )


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    This is why I prefer the .40 S&W over the 9mm. Both of these rounds are Federal brand HST Law Enforcement loads:





    The only drawback is the increased recoil. But the Walther PPS actually handles it quite well indeed.

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    I bought my PPS because of the slimness. I am more accurate with the PPS than any other gun I own. For such a slim small gun, the recoil is soft, and its the only gun that I can carry IWB without being irritating. I carry at 3 oclock supertuck with a zero cant, and just about any old t-shirt will conceal it. It also loves hst's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    This is what I like to carry. Its basically the same gun, but with 6+1 rounds of .40 S&W instead:

    ( Right Click with your mouse on the photo below and choose VIEW IMAGE to see a larger version of this photo )

    I'd like to post this beautiful pic on the ppstalk site, with your permission.

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    Actually, it may already be on the PPSTalk website. I'm not sure, though. But you can certainly post it there, if you would like to.

    Only mods that I have done to the gun are to add the Limbsaver slip on grip #12013 ( only $10 ), and the DPM Systems Recoil Spring/Guide system ( $75 ), to help soften the felt recoil of the .40 S&W.

    Here is a photo of what the DPM Systems Recoil Assembly looks like:




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    Nice reasoning. I debated over the same batch of guns myself and ended up going with the Kahr due to it being a little smaller. I do like the looks of the PPS a little better though. The single stack guns are definitely much better for concealing. Here is my PM9 compared to my M&P9c


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    Nice carry !!! God Bless :)

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