Walther PPS M2
The new, slim, Walther PPS M2 was designed for concealed carry.

There’s already a newcomer to the concealed-carry market to go along with the brand new year. Walther has announced the addition of the PPS M2 to its line of personal protection pistols, according to a release from the company.

The new 9mm handgun was designed with concealed-carry shooters in mind, with a slim profile, measuring 1 inch at its widest spot, and smooth features that won’t snag.

The pistol also has a new push-button magazine release positioned for use by the shooter’s thumb, where it is located on most modern handguns, instead of the typical Walther release that is a lever located on the bottom of the trigger guard.

Walther PPS M2

“I have been really excited about the PPS M2 since the beginning of its development. The PPS Classic has been my everyday carry gun for years. It’s a great gun and the idea of improving on the original was challenged…but our team has done it,” said Adam Black, Walther Arms CEO, in the release. “The engineering enhancements and modifications that create the new M2 truly elevate this pistol into a class of its own.”

The new M2 will be available in retail stores in early 2016 with an MSRP of $469. It will be available for members of the media to test this month at SHOT Show 2016, so expect to see some more on this CCW pistol.

For now, here’s a range video and quick review on the M2 from GunsAmerica with some good details.

Walther will also be shipping an LE edition of the M2 with phosphoric sights, the release says.

The original PPS was designed by Walther to be a slim pistol, intended for concealed carry by civilians and plainclothes law enforcement officers. It has been offered since 2007 in 9mm and .40 S&W and is similar in size to the Walther PPK, though its mechanics and shape are clearly based more on the company’s P99 handgun. The striker-fired PPS is a short, recoil-operated, locked breech semi-auto with a modified Browning cam-lock system adapted from the Hi-Power pistol, and can be broken down and field stripped without tools.

As you can see, the extended magazine offer quite a bit more grip for the shooter.