By David Gonzales
AmmoLand Youtube Firearms Reporter
The Walther PPQ hadn’t appeared on my radar until a recent visit to my local gun shop.
I was talking with the sales person about possibly purchasing a 9mm handgun that I could conceal fairly well and also use for the occasional “real world scenario, ” IDPA type shooting competitions.
I figured he would mention the Glock 19, the Springfield XD(M) compact, or the Smith&Wesson M&P9 compact model. Instead he motioned for me to follow him towards the Walther section of the gun counter.
Immediately my eyes were drawn to the classic blued, PPK under the gun counter glass causing the James Bond soundtrack to go off in my brain. The sales person drew my attention back his way as he took out a pistol that I thought I had seen before the Walther P99, which I really was not interested in.
He went on to tell me that it was a Walther PPQ and has the most amazing factory trigger he has ever seen! That the trigger was crisp and has the shortest reset of any striker fired pistol that he’s tried out. Needless to say, that got my attention! He then handed the pistol over to me so I could get feel for how it fit in my hand and dry fire it a couple of times. Palming this firearm was a real pleasure as it seemed to naturally fit my medium sized hand. Two pulls of the trigger with one reset in the middle of the dry fire sequence and it was true love.
Besides having a terrific trigger and a great ergonomic feel with natural point-ability, the pistol has ambidextrous controls for both the slide release and magazine release. The magazine release was the strangest item on this pistol to me with a release lever on both the left and right sides of the trigger guard instead of normal side button magazine release.
The factory installed three dot sights seemed very clear and I liked the fact that the rear sight is adjustable for windage. And for those of you who prefer .40 S&W, well you’re in luck because it’s offered in that caliber as well.
I handed the pistol back to the sales person with a sense of remorse that I just did not have the funds at that time to purchase it.
However, one day…yes, it will be mine!
- The 9mm Walter PPQ makes a perfect concealed carry pistol.
- The Walter PPQ is similar ergonomically to the Walter P99.
- The Walter PPQ is a great alternative to other offering such as those offered by Glock, Springfield or S&W.
About David Gonzales:
David Gonzales grew up with firearms and has many fond memories of hunting with his grandfather. He enjoys participating in the occasional shooting match, going to the gun range with his family and friends and still has much to learn about firearms. However, he became a certifiable “Gun Nut” in 2008 when he realized that the constitutional right he took for granted could so easily be taken away. Did you see something on YouTube that David Should review. Leave a link in the comments below.