The Walther PPS is a trim, feature-loaded 9mm that stands out in this crowded field. It comes with a 3.18-inch barrel with polygonal rifling, and both the barrel and the slide have a durable Tenifer treatment that protects against corrosion, an important consideration on a daily carry gun. The polymer frame is light, and the grip has cross-directional texturing and a contoured shape that is among the most comfortable of any of the skinny 9mms.
Dimensionally, the PPS M2 is right in line with the other guns on this list, measuring an inch wide and 6.3 inches long and weighing 21 ounces. Overall height depends on which magazine you choose; there’s a flush-fit six-round mag that keeps the gun’s height to a minimum (4.4 inches) for maximum concealment, a seven-round mag that offers more capacity and grip space, and an eight-round option that gives this gun the feel of a full-size 9mm and cuts down on reloads on the range.
The original PPS had a magazine release lever on the trigger guard—a great option in my opinion because it was intuitive and prevented anyone from dropping the mag while the gun was in the holster. But American shooters in general favored the traditional positioning, and so the M2 has a mag release button that’s positioned behind the trigger guard. The three-dot sights on the PPS M2 are low-profile so they won’t snag, and the rear sight is drift adjustable.