Well after much deliberation I moved forward with the newest addition to the GRFA arsenal with the acquisition of the Walther PPQ 9mm. So far the initial impression is mostly positive, with a few points to touch on that make a difference in the field. One thing is for sure however, Walther has, and will continue to make one of the finest pistols on the market today. We hope this Walther PPQ 9mm review will help you decide for yourself if this pistol is right for you.
First we should touch on the finer points. Just like a Glock, the PPQ breaks down effortlessly. With an ambidextrous slide release located just forward of the trigger housing on the frame. You simply pinch both sides of the release, “which are conveniently finger tip width”, pull down while sliding the frame back a quarter inch or so, and the slide will be released. Also like the Glock, the main spring and barrel are easily removed just as a Glock’s are. Simply apply a little pressure with your finger on the back of the spring to release it from the barrel. The barrel then can be removed just as you would your Glock. Field stripping/cleaning this pistol can literally be done in a few minutes. The reliability of this pistol receives extremely high marks from GRFA for it’s ability to be field stripped in seconds.
Now, this Walther PPQ 9mm review would receive 5 stars with the exception of one important feature that’s worth mentioning. Although this pistol is equipped with an ambi mag release on the bottom rear of the trigger housing, we found it cumbersome to get a clean release while maintaining a full hand wrap on the grip. I have a medium sized hand, yet I found myself having to alter my grip position in order to apply enough pressure to the mag release to depress it fully. That said, there are too many great things about the Walther PPQ than to be discouraged by this one drawback.
We are now down to the nitty-gritty of this review. How did the pistol perform? I took the Walther and my Glock 23 to the range in order to get a good feel for the differences in the two pistols. First let’s talk sights. While I have changed out my sights on the Glock for obvious reasons, the Walther comes with a very high quality sight out of the box. With several fast holster draws, I was able to repeatedly pick up the front sight on the Walther with ease. There is ample space between the gap in the rear sight for fantastic target acquisition. The dots on the sight are easily aligned and were very easy on the eye. If I were to compare the factory sights on the Walther to a top quality aftermarket sight, I would say they are closely in line with the Trijicon GL01 set on my Glock.
When it came to actual shooting, My grouping with the Walther was significantly better at 30 feet than the Glock. I have a 2.5 lb. Ghost Trigger installed in my Glock, and I must say that the Walther trigger is hands down smoother than my Glock. The Walther trigger feels better in the finger, and the reset was very predictable, and in the perfect place for me as far as reset points go. The pull length on the Walther was also extremely smooth and predictable. The Walther trigger is light years ahead of the Glock in every way. As far as stock triggers go, we have yet to encounter a better factory trigger on a polymer framed firearm! Please don’t take that statement lightly, it is a Fantastic Trigger. I’m excited to see how this trigger breaks in after a few hundred rounds. Stay tuned for a follow up on that topic. As for the behavior of the Walther PPQ 9mm, the report is “Snappy”. That’s the only way I know how to describe it. The recoil is a bit more violent than my Glock, with a noticeable amount of barrel climb. But it was very easy to get back on point with the Walther. So in summary, I wouldn’t say that the recoil is better or worse than the Glock, just different. Here is a video review we found on line that gives a good visual to this review:
When it comes to dependability, only time will tell if the Walther will show the time tested reliability that the Glock is known for. That gives us a great reason to do a follow up Walther PPQ 9mm review later! One thing is for sure, the Walther PPQ is an excellent carry pistol, with all of the great features you expect from Walther, at a price point that could be much higher for a pistol of similar quality.