105 Phill Price tries out the new PPQ pistol from Walther
The editor tests a new D/A pistol from the Walther PP series
Ihave to say up front that I knew nothing of the Walther PPQ before I saw it on the Armex website, which is why I asked for a test sample. It just looked interesting and when I was told that Walther was offering a bolt- on sight rail, I was even keener. The PPQ firearm is a typical modern 9mm ‘duty’ pistol with a polymer frame and a striker firing system. The pistol on test replicates the 4” version of the 9mm action but does not attempt to use the trigger safety found on the firearm.
Despite its chunky looks, I found it quite a small pistol better suited to small and medium sized hands than those with big paws. The reach to the trigger blade in particular is quite short despite the handfilling grip. It utilises Walther’s excellent 8-shot rotary magazine system that I know so well from my IPAS competition days. In my experience, it’s very reliable as well as being durable. I have some mag’s that must have fired thousands of pellets yet they look like new. Better still, it uses proper lead pellets that generate maximum muzzle energy and best accuracy, to boot. On that subject, I was able to get 1” groups at 6 yards without any particular effort at all.
I CAN SEE!
Of course, this was, helped by the Enfield reflex sight, mounted on the clever rail. Having a clear and well-defined aim point is much easier than using traditional post and notch open sights, even the enhanced ones fitted to the PPQ. Armex pointed out that the open sights can still be used with the scope rail fitted, but I’d say only just as the front sight is fully enclosed and shaded by the rail.
Loading a CO2 capsule is made easy by the flip- open back strap, and a turn buckle that is used to pressurise the bulb against the piercing probe. No tools are needed at all to load this gun.
Because this is a double-action only trigger it was unsurprisingly long and heavy, but it had an unusual characteristic in that it starts out heavy, goes light and then heavy again. I learned to overcome the starting pressure, pass gently through the light area and then use the final higher pressure like the second stage of a rifle trigger. Once I had the knack, I was able to get the good groups that a pellet firer from Walther is renowned for, without much effort at all. If you’re looking for a new pistol that none of your gun club mates own then try a PPQ and know that you’ll like it just as much as I did.
This is how the kit comes. Just add the CO2 and pellets