Walther announces new PPS M2

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Walther’s Slim 9mm Meets Comfort with the New PPS M2

(FORT SMITH, Ark.) – New to the Walther line of personal protection pistols is the PPS M2, an innovative new 9mm pistol that sets the bar for ergonomics and comfort for concealed carry. The new PPS M2 is engineered for the concealed carry shooter looking for a slim 9mm that provides superior concealability while maintaining comfort and accuracy. The new PPS M2 is built to carry, measuring in at 1 inch wide, low profile and smooth features. This coupled with a new push button style magazine release for easy operation, highlights some of the changes from the Classic PPS to the new M2.

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The new PPS M2 is equipped with a smooth, light 6.1 lb trigger pull, which improves control and accuracy. The PPS M2 can be the perfect fit for every shooter with Carl Walther signature ergonomics, that have become a staple in 21st Century Walther Arms. The PPS M2 is also available in an LE edition with phosphoric sights.

Adam Blalock, Walther Arms CEO stated, “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 challenging … but our team has done it. The engineering enhancements and modifications that create the new M2 truly elevate this pistol into a class of its own.”

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Adding the PPS M2 to the Walther handgun line is a prime example of Walther’s dedication to continued innovation and customer focus in the fast growing personal protection industry. The PPS M2 will be available in retail stores in early 2016. It will also be available to test at Industry Day at the Range at SHOT Show and viewing on the showroom floor during the show in Las Vegas, NV January 18th – 22nd. For more information on the PPS M2, visit www.waltherarms.com/ builttocarry.

Walther is the premier provider of personal protection and recreational firearms of various calibers ranging from .22 to .45. With a vast devotion for continued innovation and customer focus in a fast growing industry, Walther Arms engineers products that are Built for Life.

Walther Expands PPQ Family for 2014 – Introducing the PPQ M2 5-Inch

FORT SMITH, Arkansas (October 29, 2013) Building on the great heritage of the original PPQ, Walther Firearms introduces its new 5-inch barrel version of the PPQ M2. Chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W, the PPQ M2 5” is a striker fired action pistol with a smooth Quick Defense® Trigger. It’s pre-cocked with a constant trigger pull of 5.6 pounds for greater control, accuracy and reset. Continue reading “Walther Expands PPQ Family for 2014 – Introducing the PPQ M2 5-Inch”

Photo of the day: HAMMERTIME

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From the Umarex facility in Arnsberg, Germany where the Walther P22 and loads of other .22 LR guns are built; these are P22 hammers about to be heat treated. To heat treat the hammer, it’s placed in an over that measures over 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, which as they say on Top Gear is…a lot.

Walther P38K

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One of my favorite looking guns from history, the Walther P38k (for Kurz) is exactly what it looks like – a chopped down version of the venerable Walther P4 in 9×19. Interestingly, the P38k is not actually a chopped down P38. Rather, it’s a chopped down P4, which itself was a shortened/compact version of the P1. The primary difference between the P1 and the P38 was that the frames on the P1 models were constructed out of aluminum rather than steel.

Walther’s Tactical .22s

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Walther’s line of tactical .22 rifles and pistols are manufactured at the Umarex facility in Arnsberg, Germany. I had the chance today to see the guns being manufactured and processed, as well as to spend some trigger time on a few of the .22s. In the past I’ve talked about a .22 as a possible defensive rifle for someone with a disability or financial issue that prevents them from owning a real .223 rifle or 9mm carbine, and we’ll actually flesh that idea out more through 2014.

One of the interesting things I learned was that Walther has the same CIP testing standards applied to their rimfire guns as they do their centerfire guns. That means that every gun that leaves the Arnsberg factory is first pressure tested with two .22 LR rounds that are loaded 30% over the maximum specified CIP pressure, and then has a full magazine fired through it as well. For some reason, I had assumed that rimfire guns would be exempted from the CIP standards, but I was incorrect. The Umarex/Walther facility here in Arnsberg produces a considerable number of guns, some for Walther such as the P22, PK380, and new PPk .22; and also under license agreements for HK and Colt.

Some of the guns aren’t even available in the US, and it’s entirely because of our gun laws. For example, tell me that you don’t think an 8.5 inch barrel SBR Colt M4 .22 LR would be awesome. I can tell you that it is awesome, because I shot it. I couldn’t stop giggling. Or a 1-to-1 scale MP5-22, right down to the HK style takedown pins. German gun laws don’t differentiate between a short barreled rifle and a regular rifle, so overseas you can buy these guns. Thanks to our gun laws, because they’re SBRs, it’s not worth the expense of importing them to the States, thus the only way to get an HK4516 .22LR SBR is to legally convert it and pay the $200 tax stamp.

Of course, no discussion of Walther’s .22s would be complete without a look at the new Walther PPK/S .22, which is a gun that’s been a long time coming. See, if you want a new manufacture PPK/S that’s actually made by Walther, you need one of these .22s. What it reminds me of is a modern reincarnation of one of my favorite old school guns, the Walther TPH. The TPH was a tiny little gun that resembled a shrunken PPk and was chambered in either .25 ACP or .22 LR. I had an 70s era TPH in .22 that I loved dearly and sold many years ago. While the new .22 PPK/S is bigger than the old TPH was, it’s close enough to immediately endear to me. Plus, it’s a PPK/S that says “Made in Germany” on the slide, and to me, that matters.

I could talk for some time about how .22 rifles and pistols that mimic full size guns are good training tools, and useful for shooters with issues manipulating guns in centerfire calibers, and all of those would be good and reasonable motives for owning one. But the real truth is even simpler than that. .22s are fun. .22s that look like really cool guns are even more fun to shoot. I couldn’t quantify why an SBR M4 .22 LR is so much fun to shoot, even more so than an SBR in a proper caliber. It just is; and that’s really the best reason to own one. With .22 LR ammo finally on the rebound, maybe it’s time to start buying guns because they’re just good old fashioned fun to shoot again.