Sometimes the original is the best.
Me, too. I have a P99AS (Don’t properly know what Gen) but it has the paddle release, too. To not have to change the firing grip to swap mags is a dandy bonus to me, Plus having it on my carry pistol means you wont have an accidental mag release from the push button. I realize its the “European way” vs the “Yankee way” of the button. Just makes it that much easier to carry and not worry as much.Yep, rushed and bought one as soon as the M2 was announced. Love the paddle mag release
I bought a PPS Classic in .40 S&W 10 years ago, & it's been my everyday carry gun ever since. A buddy bought the PPS M2 w/ the RMSC red dot, & Although I love the sight, I don't like the grip, or the lack of a rail. The 2 best features on the Classic, are the trigger guard mag release, & the interchangeable back straps. I have large hands, & the larger back strap gives me a much better grip on the gun, & because of an old thumb injury, the traditional button mag release won't work for me, unless I turn the pistol in my hand, or use the other hand (I can't move my thumb to the side). With the trigger guard mag release, & can drop the mag with my trigger finger, while my other hand is bringing up a fresh mag. In my mind, the only thing that would make the PPS Classic better, would be threaded barrel for a brake, & a slide milled for a red dot (my eyes are not what they used to be).I bought the M2 first, but than I found a M1 at my LGS that looked virtually brand new in 40sw for dirt cheap(I’m a fan of 40) so I grabbed it. A few months later a M1 in 9mm popped up, snatched that one up also. I carry the 40 though. I like the M2 but definitely prefer the M1 hands down.
I had to shave down the sharp edge on the trigger guard though. It was blistering my left pointer finger from the kick of the 40.
The 9mm doesn’t do it though, for the obvious reason of it doesn’t bark much at all.
I have seen some for sale recently (a month or two ago), in the $360 range new. As with anything else, once a new model is released, the price of the old one drops. When I think of what I payed for mine ten years ago, that's an amazing bargain. Although the .40 S&W models are harder to find, they seem to be priced lower that the 9mm models. Here's a link:I came here to see if there is still an option to buy a new PPS of the first generation. Looks like I found my answer. I'm a new owner of a P99 AS and I would like a PPS for carry with the same/similar features. The M2 is not that.
Normally I'd recommend any Walther used but the PPS M1 has the backstrap assembly that might be prone to failure if the previous owner ever took it apart. I have taken mine apart down to bits so I could disable the backstrap safety altogether so I'd not worry, but it's just something to think about. I wish they still made the M1. I love it, backstrap weirdness and all.I know some people who are a little shakey about buying used, but if you buy from a reputable shop, then you can almost guarantee that the owner or gunsmith on site has given it a once over and cleared it for sale. Also, gun owners are (i say this with a little bit of hesitation) usually very good about keeping them in good working order. When you want To trade it in, better working condition nets better sale price.
I agree with T-Bird, go used, I have bought a few used guns and still have them to this day. As much as I like the look of the new M2’s, I think I would have a really really hard time getting away from my Classic. (There I will call it classic, too.)