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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jimbo555, Nov 23, 2014.

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  1. jimbo555

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    I have a chance to buy a pps in 9mm for a good price. {350} It was made in 2008. Any issues with the early models I should look for before purchase? It comes with 3 7 round mags ,box and papers.
     
  2. skt239

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    The only complaint I've ever heard of regarding the PPS is one regarding its design and not its performance. There are some people that have a problem with the backstrap disconnect safety. I have not heard of any verifiable accounts of that safety causing any problems but there are those that criticizes it.
     
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    Mine was made in '09, no issues.
     
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    My wife's was bought in the first year of production. Solid little gun.
     
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    Mine was flawless
     
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    Thank you all for the replies. I think I'm going to take a chance on this one.
     
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    I have two with no issues. Don't know when mine were made offhand, but I bought both immediately when they hit the market, one is a 9 the other a 40.
    Regarding the backstrap safety- just leave the darn thing on the gun and don't take it on and off and on and off etc.- there will be no issues then.
     
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    Rest easy, they are great pistols. The back strap is removable, but I use the smaller one and never take it off. I have added night sites and Talon grips to mine. The Talons do two things. One they give me a much more secure grip and they cover the back strap. If you clean it and don't take the back strap off, it will take down just like a Glock, you do ,however, need to pull the trigger to remove the slide, again very Glock like. That is one reason I like mine so much, shooting and cleaning is almost like shooting and cleaning my Glock. They are both reliable and easy to maintain.
    One thing you will need to adjust to is the mag release, it is 'paddle' type and part of the trigger guard not a button like most have. Once you get used to it, it will become easier to use.
     
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    There was an issue with the slide stop on early models; its mounting hole in the frame would wear and cause it to create functional issues. The factory had a complete fix for it, which included mod'ing the frame.

    The Walther forum would have more details.

    I just shot mine this past Saturday; it shoots like a much larger gun, IMHO, and has been 100% reliable.


    Larry
     
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    I've got an earlier model PPS. I'd be all over that one at 350.00.
     
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    The lgs is holding it for me, will pick it up tomorrow.
     
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    Well how do you like it ?
     
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    I like it a lot. Takes a little time to get used to the mag release but I like that it can't accidently release like a button. The PPS is very accurate. Shoots like a full size. It is very thin and easily carried. It has a definite feeling of quality and seems to be built well. It is my primary carry now replacing my ruger lc9 and colt cobra.
     
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    Some of the older ones do have an issue with the design. Do a google search. You should find something on the PPS forums that shows you what serial numbers to look for. After a certain point, they fixed the design flaw.

    Also, be sure you get one with an "S" trigger, not an "H" trigger. Some states require heavier triggers and the H triggers suck.

    Even some of the "S" triggers need some shooting to smooth out. Opening them up and polishing the trigger parts does the trick, too, but that's a bear to take on. Otherwise, the PPS is a fine pistol. I've owned a couple over the years. They're accurate and reliable.
     
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    Also, the mag release works great if you use your ring finger on the other side of the grip (not your thumb). You use it to sweep down the lever. When you get used to it you can get pretty quick with it.
     
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    Mine has the s trigger. I saw all the fuss on the Walther forum over the slide stop spring, mine seems to be ok. I don't think there are any recalls for the PPS, I'll call Walther to check after the holidays to make sure.
     
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    I am considering the PPS as well. My thought regarding the backstrap safety is if you are really worried about it popping off or getting lost, why not just cover it with a slip on grip like from Hogue? Textures the grip a little, eliminates the worry of disabling a firearm (which I haven't found any stories of), and an inexpensive item.
     
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    I picked the large backstrap and left it there. I disassemble like a Glock.
     
  19. FireInCairo

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    Yea, just set it and forget it. It won't be a problem.
     
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    Bought a 9mm PPS, and the trigger crapped out in 20 rounds. The Store took it back, sent it back and S&W replaced the trigger mechanism with no fuss. Supposedly a number of the earlier models had this problem.

    Used it for cc , while the xds's were recalled. Very accurate and reliable. The sights are set different than most US pistols , explained in the manual. As in cover your target, not a 6 oclock hold. The 7 round mags are good compromise between conceal ability and control.

    Wouldn't hesitate to carry it again.
     
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