Range Report, Walther PPS

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    Range Report, Walther PPS

    Well Yesterday, the Father in law and I went shopping for his conceal carry gun. I wanted him to try out as many guns as he could and pick one that works for him. I knew that he liked my SA XD9sc, but I'm biased so we went to the range, and got the opportunity to fondle a bunch of great guns. We started out with the xd's which he liked. Then we tried some glocks, kahrs, hk's, and finally tried the walthers. Now I'm not a fan of the p99's with how thick they are, I found the mag release hard to operate with my smaller hands. Then we picked up the PPS. Holy cow is this gun narrow. It operates similar to the glocks and xd's but is narrower due to it only being a single stack. That being said, it only holds between 6 and 8 rounds as opposed to my xd that holds 10 to 16 rounds. Anyways, the father in law really enjoyed the walther so he bought it. Concealability--its thin and compact, should be easily concealed. Right now there aren't a whole lot of holsters available although KDholsters has some nice ones available. The gun has a pretty light trigger compared to the xd and glocks, and the slide racks easily. The hardest thing to get used to is the mag release with my trigger finger rather than hitting it with my thumb. Once you get past that its a great shooting little gun. Shoots straight, points easily. I did notice that the rounds eject almost straight up as opposed to throughing them out to the side. I only got hit like twice on the top of my head out of probably 200 rounds I fired through it. Although I still prefer my xd, the walther will be a great conceal carry firearm. For anyone looking to get one of these, the extended mags are a must for a better feeling grip. The seven or eight round mags just make the gun feel better. Anyways, these were my observations of this gun. Only time will tell, but it looks like a promising future.
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    Nice, thanks for that. I plan to get one once the black ones come around.
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    Yea my father-in-law bought the all black one. the grey first editions look like a toy.
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    Regarding the mag release. A Walther was my first pistol and the one I use the most. The mag release works for me real well and I'm used to it. If I shoot a Glock I have to think about where the release is.

    I can hardly wait till my PPS comes in.
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    How's the recoil?

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    Well I just got done shooting it some more, as far as recoil it feels just like my xd sc. Muzzle doesn't jump as nearly as much as you would think for how small and light this gun is. It is a really nice gun, especially after you get used to the mag release. It shoots cleanly, and the sights are actually nicer than the stock ones on my xd. Its so narrow it easily fits in a pants or coat pocket. I really enjoy it and my father in law loves it. He is new to shooting automatics, and has really enjoyed this new beauty. It is different only being able to have 6-8 shots. I'm used to the higher capacity of my xd or the hipower. But given the narrow profile of the gun it seems worth it.
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    I think that the Walther PPS, along with the new Ruger SR9, S&W M&P and the Springfield XD series are going to give Glock a run for its money. They each have features, like the XD's grip safety and the others' reconfigurable backstraps that will make them very attractive alternatives to Glocks.

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    I think you are right Jofrdo. Glock used to have a bit of a monopoly when it came to polymer frame pistols that were reliable and cheap. Now they are popping up everywhere, bringing the prices down even further and giving us shooters just that many more great options. The good thing is its give us all a chance to find a great gun for less.
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    Speaking of the Ruger SR-9, it is the first Ruger semi auto that has attracted my interest. The trigger could be better (Glocks and M&Ps still beat it there), but it is LIGHT years ahead of anything Ruger has ever done before.

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    Doesn't the PPS come in 3 different sizes?
    Or did I mis-read that in the magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebelyellin View Post
    Doesn't the PPS come in 3 different sizes?
    Or did I mis-read that in the magazine.
    I don't believe that is correct. One size, with interchangable grip straps
    and, at this time, only in 9mm, I believe.

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    Nice! Glad he found a good fit!

    I haven't had the chance to shoot one yet, I would love to though.

    I have a Kel-Tec PF-9, and the dimensions are very similar so I can say that having such a slim gun REALLY makes a difference in comfort and carry. It is my "summer" carry gun, slides in a pocket holster in the front pocket and with most pants and shorts isn't even detectable!
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    The PPS is one of the cadre of new handguns I've really been wanting to get my mitts on, even if just in the fun show/window shopping medium.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rebelyellin View Post
    Doesn't the PPS come in 3 different sizes?
    Or did I mis-read that in the magazine.
    In addition to the interchangeable backstraps, there are 3 different-sized magazines (6, 7, & 8 rounds). This photo may help.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_PPS

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