Last year an instructor buddy of mine excitedly called me and told me that I had to check out his new duty pistol. So, like any other gun lover, I quickly found him and he showed me his new handgun. I laughed, pointed and made jokes about his choice in duty pistol. His new handgun was a Walther PPQ M2 chambered in 9mm. I made a joke about carrying a “Space Gun”. For the longest time, I felt that a duty weapon should be chambered in the largest caliber that a person can manage accurately. My buddy had shot 1911s in .45 ACP in the past, and well. I continued to mock him for carrying it for quite a while. Then I shot one. I immediately contacted him and retracted all previous statements.
The Walther PPQ (Police Pistol Quick) M2 is a slight upgrade from the original polymer, striker-fired model released in 2011. The M2 model switched from a European style paddle magazine release to a U.S. style push button release. Essentially, nothing else was changed. The first thing I noticed when I picked up the test gun, was the feel in my hand. I felt like it was molded for my hand and my hand alone. The PPQ comes with 3 interchangeable back strap panels. The interchangeable panels make it easy to fit different hand sizes. The PPQ also has very slightly molded finger groves in the front of the grip. They are there, but don’t obstruct a normal grip the way Glock grips do, in my opinion. The PPQ rounds out the grip with non-abrasive texturing around the grip. It gives you a better purchase of the gun without grating your hands throughout a long range day.
Before firing the PPQ, I ran the gun through its paces. I quickly noticed, probably the best part of the PPQ’s design, the trigger. The PPQ has Walther’s Quick Defense Trigger. It gives a very smooth 5-5.5 lb trigger pull. The test gun had very little take up in the trigger. It felt like a competition trigger. I was simply amazed. I stood there and dry fired the pistol over and over again. Hot butter smooth is what it felt like. The trigger pull travel is 0.4 inches and an incredible reset of 0.1 inches. This thing was designed to shoot, shoot accurately, and quickly.
I quickly ran through the malfunction drills with the PPQ and found what I like most, next to the trigger, is the ambidextrous slide stop lever. On other handguns, it’s small and difficult to manipulate, especially with gloves on. The slide stop lever on the PPQ reminds me of the safety on an AK47. It doesn’t get in the way, but is easy to manipulate. It makes slide lock reloads a snap. The PPQ has front and rear cocking serrations for ease of cocking and press checking the weapon. The slide edges have been slightly rounded to avoid snagging during draw or re-holstering. The slide and barrel are coated in Tenifer, a corrosion resistant material, in matte black, for longevity.
The only thing that disappointed me about the PPQ was the factory sights. The factory sights are polymer, low profile 3-dot sights. The sights are bright white on black, and were very easy for my eyes to pick up. The problem was the rear sight opening was very wide. Walther did this to make it easier and quicker to get on target and transition between targets. It’s not wrong, per se; it’s just not for me. The good thing is that there are several aftermarket sights available for the PPQ. The PPQ also has a loaded chamber indicator, for those who don’t like the press check. The M2 magazine release, the biggest change from the original, is also reversible for the lefties out there.
Once I finished dry firing and running through malfunction drills, I fired the PPQ. Let me tell you, with the combination of the PPQ seeming like it was molded from my hand and the competition like trigger, it was spot on. I consider myself a pretty good pistol shot, and the PPQ reinforced that belief in myself. My first 5 rounds were from 7 yards and were in a roughly 1 inch group. I moved the target back to 10 yards and proceeded to blow out the x-ring. I was convinced at that point that I would own a PPQ M2. The test gun was fired with only a single brand of ball ammunition, but had zero failures and the recoil was seemingly nonexistent.
Will the Walther PPQ M2 move me away from a 1911 chambered in .45 acp as a duty weapon? That, I don’t know at this point. With the design of modern duty/defense ammunition, 9mm isn’t nearly a weak as it once was. I can tell you that I will be purchasing a PPQ M2, if for nothing else than to have and shoot. Walther handguns haven’t made a huge leap into the competitive handgun shooting market, but I may have found my new IDPA stock service pistol division gun.
Weight: 24 oz.
Slide: Stainless Steel
Finish: Tenifer Coated
Barrel: 4” Tenifer Coated