As much as I don't want to admit this I believe that you are absolutely correct PX15
It would have been smarter to wait a year or so and let the bugs get sorted out. The first Kahr PM9's had a lot of teething problems too.
I wonder if the 100% German version of the PS sold by Earl will be any different ?
If a pistol has German proof markings on it, it was fully assembled and proofed in Germany. This is the case with the PPS.I wonder if the 100% German version of the PS sold by Earl will be any different ?
Just personal opinion but I believe the only difference between the PPS' you would buy from Earls and the one your local ffl dealer can get for you is that one will have "Imported by Earls", or something of that nature, and the other will have "Imported by S&W" on it.
Both firearms will be 100% German manufacture and you can trust me on this, Walther Mfg. of Germany does NOT have an assembly line dedicated to giving Earl the "best" pistols and the rest of the world has to make do with the 2nds.
Sorry, there is another difference between the PPS Earl sells and the one you can buy from you local friendly dealer... Earls will cost a whole lot more....
I have no problem with S&W importing the PPS's because S&W has a superior Customer Relations/Warranty reputation. I don't know who warrants Earls pistols, but I'll be more than happy to deal with S&W. I hear Mr. Earl can be a bit "testy" too from time to time, and I'm way too old to put up with drama like that.
I have absolutely no issue with those folks who prefer dealing with Earl. They probably all have a lot more money to throw away than I do. I'd prefer to take that extra couple of hundred bucks Earl would be charging for "his" PPS (or P99's or whatever) and start a new "kitty" for my next Walther!
But don't for a minute think a Walther firearm you get locally is in some manner not "all German", or any less a quality firearm than you would get from Earl. "Just ain't so"